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Relocation Discussion

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My wife and I have lived in Maryland for our entire lives and are thinking of moving in 5-6 years. We live right outside Washington, DC in a not so great County (Prince George's). We have visited all but four states, so we have seen a good bit of the country. Since we have never moved before or lived in another state, thought I'd see what other Fodorite's have to say about where they live.

We are currently pregnant with our first and we are both in our late 30's. The schools around us are horrible and we do not want to pay for private school. We want something opposite of what the D.C. area is all about. Our area is overpopulated, traffic is ridiculous, people are rude, high crime, people care more about status, shopping and movies are considered weekend activities, high cost of living, people do nothing but complain, and no sense of community. I'd never recommend anyone move to this area. Quality of life is the pits.

We thought about checking out Charlotte, NC but the more I read in forums, the more it sounded like a smaller (but growing) version of the Washington, DC area.

We both love the Southwest.

We'd prefer warmer weather.

Just a discussion, give me your thoughts.....thanks.

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