Things To Know About Moving to North CarolinaJuly 16, 2021
North Carolina is hot property right now with nearly 29,000 people moving to Raliegh, the capital, each year. The state is known for its burgeoning food and craft beer scene but also its excellent weather and variety of environments, from the small towns in the mysterious and majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to the shag dances and Outer Banks clam bakes. If you choose to make this classic state with a modern attitude your home, here are three things you should know before you move.
North Carolina Is Perfect for the Beach or the Mountains
Whether you’re the type of person whose idea of the perfect weekend is hanging out at beachfront rentals North Carolina, or you find your inner peace walking quiet trails among misty mountains, North Carolina has it for you. With year-round temperate weather, you’ll always be able to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Be ready for big changes between daytime and nighttime temps by dressing in layers.
It’s Still the South
While North Carolina is one of the more progressive Southern states, it’s still the South. That can be a pro and a con. You’ll experience the beautifully welcoming Southern hospitality. On the other hand, the state is growing rapidly and diversity is increasing exponentially leaving some long-time residents worried about change and overdevelopment.
You’ll have some of the best regional cuisine with your sweet iced tea. You’ll also sweat your way through the summers with the infamous Southern humidity. You’ll enjoy the antebellum architecture of Charlotte but still recognize that the state continues to grapple with its history of slavery and racism.
Economic Growth Can Be Uneven
These dichotomies also affect the state’s economy. North Carolina has a booming tech sector and its economy was one of the fastest-growing economies from 2013 to 2016 and still had a 6.5% economic growth, as measured by GDP, at the end of 2020. The state boasts 85 colleges and universities that make up a large portion of the economy. As the locals can tell you, tourism is another growth industry.
On the other hand, if you’re not already financially secure when moving to North Carolina, you could potentially find yourself in one of the 590,000 households in the state experiencing food insecurity. It’s the 10th highest rate in the country. It’s important to have your prospects aligned before you arrive.
While no state is perfect, North Carolina is awfully close.