IMHO, it does make a difference. Employers
prefer to hire locally or from within first. This is by no means the rule, but I think those within the area or within the company have a slight advantage. That is not to say that employers won't hire candidates from out of state. It all depends on what the employer is looking for in an employee. Just my two cents.
p.s. not relevant, but I like your screen name. I am a bird nut though.