One optimistic bit of news in NC is that our new Republican legislature just took office last week, the first R government in 113 years. Hopefully we can get rid of our dimbulb D Governor in 2 years. We are a right to work state but have the usual bloated Government employee union workforce.
Good luck in wherever you decide to move.
Interesting that the smaller towns in western NC seem to have higher than national average violent crime.
Crime report for NC cities.
[Don’t come to NC.]
...same for SC, we went from a solid red state to a lavender state and for the same reasons as NC.