I'm sorry that my "opinion of the state" is showing.... I mean no disrespect. I am living in a small town that is very segregated and has very heavy religious overtones, both of which are hard for me to understand, coming from a part of Florida that is a lot more private and diverse religiously and a lot more accepting of racial and cultural differences than my experience here. I'm sure the whole state is not like this, but I have 3 children ranging from 7 mos to 13 yrs, and its hard to enjoy it here when my son is beginning to dislike people of different backgrounds than him (to my horror) because he is targeted for violence and discrimination because his skin is not the right color or his religious beliefs do not mirror their own.
Needless to say, its been a severe culture shock for me, living here. I miss my family in Florida very much, as well as the weather, the "fun stuff to do", the city we lived in, and I guess Florida is just in my blood. I only mentioned that I was not here for the scenery because I had seen comments that there was a paycut to come here but that it evened out because its a beautiful place to live. If I had come from Seattle or Upstate NY or whatnot I'm sure I would go crazy for the South Carolina living experience.
South Carolina is beautiful, don't get me wrong. The beach, although too far for me to see often, is beautiful and we go out and spend a day outdoors every weekend as a family, if we can. Last weekend we went camping up in the mountains at one of the state parks and it was so peaceful it was near euphoric. Its just culturally foreign to me still after 3 yrs and while beautiful, I guess its not such a huge bonus to me because I have always lived in "vacation spots" having grown up in Florida.
I don't have my license as I'm currently in nursing school, but I have just been concerned about job availability because I'm putting everything on the line to get my education and will be in a lot of trouble if I cannot find a job to pay back the loans I had to take to get this far.
My husband has a job working for county government as a Computer Programmer (specifically GIS/web applications and database management) and its the reason that we moved here. I had to leave my field because this is not a technological hub (and if he lost his job for whatever reason we would have to leave again because there are very very few if any other jobs like his in this area) While I wish I was closer to my family, his job is absolutely perfect, both in content to make him happy and benefits for our family, so I am trying very hard to make this work for me and for our kids. We're moving once I finish school to be closer to a larger metro area (either Myrtle Beach or Florence depending on job availability for me) in hopes that that will alleviate some of the problems I and my kids are having and be in a better school district.
Sorry to go on so. I just didn't want it to seem like I think South Carolina is horrific or anything. I think most of my issues with SC are because of the very poor rural area that I live in. I'm living in one of the (at one point it was THE) poorest counties in the state (my husband does not work for this county).