Post # 47
@Rock Hugger: omg the drivers test? dear god i rmember none of that from high school. that alone would probably put me off to moving there lol Darling Husband has his motorcycle license. he d be infuriated taking the test again since he just got it about 2 or 3 yrs ago. thanks for the heads up. we will have to do more research before going anywhere!
Post # 48
@Rock Hugger: if you move to NC, you will have to re-take your driver’s test (the written part, not the driving part).
I haven’t heard of a state allowing you to just transfer your license to a new state. When I moved to CA, we had to retake our written exam. I know Indiana requires new residents to take the written exam again.
Post # 49
@beekiss: I moved from PA to NJ to FL to VA to NC. Other than when I took the test when I got my lisence at 16, I have never had to take a drivers exam (except for NC). I just gave them my license from the other state and get a new one.
I don’t understand why states would make you take the exam again? I mean, I have driven in CA…and just last week drove through Indiana……you would think if they did not trust the testing centers in other states (as they imply by making you take the test). then why would it be legal for me to drive through Indiana?
Post # 50
@Pixie26: I moved from CT to SC in 2010 and never looked back. I love it here so much! I would definitely say that I took a bit of a pay cut when I first moved, but depending on what type of industry you are in, you can still make decent money. The coast of living is definitely cheaper, but that also depends where in SC you live.
We are in Charleston and I would say that the cost of living is very similar to up north. If you go a bit inland or north/ south, it is definitely less expensive.
Good luck! I’m sure you will love it either way. I’ve heard that NC is beautiful just the same (although they don’t have palm trees and we do hehe.)
Post # 51
As a native carolinian the biggest thing about northerner a vs. southerners is the manners. law are all about “please” “thank you” excuse me” “sir” “ma’am” etc. respect and manners are key here
in South Carolina the economy isn’t all that bad, especially considering most other states. Not sure about North Carolina. Like the rest of the country the cost of living has gone up but not pay, but we are managing as a state much better than most
Post # 52
@Pixie26: I’m chiming in a little late, but I was born and raised in charleston, South Carolina and I absolutely love everything about that city. There is so much history, and so much to do. downtown Charleston is full of old money and it is very expensive to live DT. The suburbs are very affordable.
Charleston is completely different than the rest of the state. A lot of the rest of the state is very poor, and there aren’t a lot of jobs available. The only exception would be Greenville IMO which is growing very rapidly.
I moved to Little River (north of Myrtle Beach, about 10 minutes away from Calabash NC) in August so my Fiance could finish school, and it’s OKAY… Nothing compares to Charleston but I am also biased 🙂
Post # 53
@meglor: thanks for your input! we loved myrtle beach when we visited, but it was a tourist area so im sure not quite an accurate picture of the area. we will certainly check out the charleston area in the near future to get a good feel of it
Post # 54
I guess I will add my experience in here. I grew up in NJ, living in central Jersey for over 20 years of my life, spent a year in Ohio and then moved to the Charleston area (a neighboring island) in South Carolina. I saw that someone mentioned the racisim and people being really harsh that they were a northerner, yeah, you don’t really deal with much of that in this area, because a lot of people are northern transplants.
I absolutely love it here, I have no intention of ever moving back to NJ. Where we live is a little on the pricey side, but renting is still cheaper than NJ. Downtown Charleston is gorgeous and the beaches are free! I did better on the job front than I did in NJ.
Post # 55
Oh and you don’t have to take the driving test again.