As these kind of posts pop up in the Mountain region often I figure Id post one up in the SE region for some opinions. The wife and I have always wanted to move out of Colorado as we both were born and raised here and are looking for something new. As they say the grass is always greener and well that is true for us with the SE portion of the US. Just looking for options on places that would be good areas to raise a family (We have a 16 month old son thus far ) We both love small towns but small towns are hard to find jobs in for our current professions (Im a Civil Engineer, shes in HR/Professional Training) List of things wed be looking for in a community: 1. Family Friendly 2. Good Schools 3. Easy access to outdoorsy stuff (camping, hiking, dirt biking, fishing, water sports etc) 4. Affordable Housing on a small piece of land 0.5 acre or more would be great (A typical tract home within 30 minutes of Denver is 200k for something small and needs a lot of work and possibly a crappy neighborhood and around 400k for a larger home in the 2,000 sf size range that has middle of the road upgrades and thats on a 5,000 sf lot A nicer older 20s-40s home close to the city are in the 500k-Million plus range in Denver) Depending on the work situation wed be in the high 200k to mid 300k range I would suppose. 5. A decent economy 6. A nice town center that might have a few mom and pop type shops and restaurants The states Id say we are focusing on would be the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, possibly Alabama and Mississippi. Ive visited Kentucky a lot when my Grandparents lived there along with South Carolina in the Charleston area, along with Knoxville TN and have really liked all those areas but Id prefer possibly a smaller town or an outskirt area and commute to a larger city for work and my wifes Grandparents live in Savannah GA so we have very little knowledge of the area. Whenever I see pictures of ride reports from this area all I can think of how beautiful this area is and how green it is too. Im open to suggestions and especially open to any Job leads as well. I currently work for the local government (cough/cough) in Colorado in Water Quality and Flood Control so that is my area of expertise but also worked 4.5 years for small local firm doing land development/surveying/project management right out of school. Wife has experience in all HR aspects especially recruiting, training and other general HR duties. Thanks for any feedback!