Depends on what you're looking for, Curly!
Do you prefer mts. or ocean? Each state offers both. Va. is a commonwealth state, and that makes a lot of things sucky..(yes, I live there). Norhtern Va. has better payscales.. Va. Beach and Norfolk are kool IF you like cities (not for me...never find me anywhere NEAR Richmond!) N.C. is a really, REALLY nice state. Thank goodness I can walk to the state line in less than 5 minutes from my house! Pay is far better in N.C. (as compared to southwest Va., anyway). They have wonderful beaches and great ski-country in the Asheville area, Boone, etc. Asheville is FABULOUS ! Raleigh is nice and has Duke University Medical this and medical that.. they're excellent. But remember, the farther south you go, the muggier the climate. Guess that's why I prefer the mountains. I can go down off the mtn. when I want or need to, but enjoy the dailey living up here in the fresh, CLEAN air. You can see zillions of stars at night, and the water is still pure form the many mountain springs...Winston is ok.. lot of people I know from here drive there to work at Baptist or Forsythe Hosp... pay is supposed to be quite good, especially on wk.ends and if you do critical care. But, again, it gets hot and worse..MUGGY" in the summertime. Wilmington is a pretty kool, old historic town on the NC coast, about an hour and a half (maybe 2 hrs.?) no. of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wilmington has some nice beaches, even further south, and Topsail Island. At least there if it's hot and humid, you've got the beach. I'm sure you can find some good info on the internet to help you decide, even about the hospitals. Happy hunting! Hope you find what you want !