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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 34
Low Cost of Living Ranking: 21
State Economy Ranking: 31
|Average Temperatures (Raleigh):
The Short of It
What food best represents North Carolina?
- Carolina barbecue and sweet tea 2
What song best represents North Carolina?
How does NC refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Coke 1, 3 (All of them are called coke. We specify if we need to do so, but as a group they are referred to as “coke.”) 1
- Soda 2, 4
If you could take a friend to one place in NC, where would it be?
- Maybe one of our 400+ vineyards! 1
- The Outer Banks 2, 3
- The Appalachian trail 4
The Outer Banks (photo by LollyKnit)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about NC?
- We are all ignorant rednecks married to our cousins. Our accents are cute, not ignorant! We actually have a lot of hippies here too, not just rednecks. 1
- Everyone here has a Southern accent, and eats grits. 2
- We’re all hicks and have a strong Southern accent. Yes, it’s true — there are Southern accents, but the research triangle park and cities are not nearly as “country” or “backwoods” as most would imagine. 3
- People think we are all Southern farmers who are uneducated, but that is not anywhere close to the truth. Living in Raleigh, you are close to one of the most diverse set of people and near a lot of tech and medical-related industry. We also have some of the best schools in the country within a few miles of each other. 4
Best aspect about living in NC?
- The cliche: we have the mountains and the beach. But really, it’s beautiful. It’s green. We have all 4 seasons. 1
- The location and weather. We have the mountains and beach close by. You can be in NYC in 9 hours and Atlanta in 6. 2
- Mountains on one side, ocean on the other, so it’s really easy to take family vacations in state without costing an arm and a leg.Oh, and NPR is awesome here. And there is a huge co-op, community vibe so keeping things local is not very difficult. College basketball is also huge here — which, if you enjoy sports, it’s a win. More than one thing, sorry. 3
- I really enjoy the food and being able to drive to the beach or the mountains in just a few short hours. There are so many things to do that you can keep yourself busy all year long. 4
Worst aspect about living in NC?
- Even though I don’t have much of an accent, when people hear it, they assume I’m an idiot. And that I’m married to my cousin. And that I chew tobacco. Other than that… sometimes “deep” Southerners (Georgia) don’t consider us real Southerners, and obviously Northerners don’t consider us Northerners. OK, both of those things are misconceptions… there’s really nothing genuinely bad about living here! 1
- The pollen. Allergy season here is pretty terrible. 2
- We don’t know how to deal with snow, but it rarely snows in most parts of the state — so people call out of work a lot on “snow days.” Also, humidity in the summer is intense — particularly in August. Go to the beach during that month and you’ll be fine. 3
- The humidity. In the summertime, it gets hot, but not hotter than, say, Arizona. The problem with our state is that the humidity is crazy. You might think you are drinking water right out of the air every time you breathe. If you sweat like me, then summertime is just nasty. 4
Summarize your feelings about North Carolina in five words.
- Best state in the country 1
- Excellent location and weather 2
- Welcoming. Friendly. Warm. Mildly Southern. 3
- Eclectic, diverse, financially feasible, humid 4
Our Freaking Take
We decided to start with the state of North Carolina since it’s currently “home” for us! We can attest that even thinking the word “barbecue” in this state causes instant wateringofthemouth-itis. And it’s a beautiful state… we’re convinced there’s not a place with more gorgeous sunsets. We’re stoked to take advantage of the proximity of beaches, mountains, DC, and NYC this summer. Baby Girl’s gonna get her road-trip on! Barring the lack of career opportunities for Johnny beyond his current gig, NC could become our forever place in a heartbeat.
How did these answers line up with your perception of North Carolina? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?