We have been in NC for about 3 years now (moved from upstate NY) and I've reached a point I know we need to move. I'm not saying we need to move NOW, but I can't see myself living in our area in the long term. Several things: a very economically deprived area which mean few businesses. We are lucky enough to have a small hospital, walmart and Lowe's and McDonalds. That's pretty much it. The country is pretty but there is NO life, nowhere to go... I just found out the little ice cream shop closed. Partner asked if McDonald closed too! lol The people around here are friendly but don't let outsiders in. Besides "hello and "how are you", don't expect anything else and believe me we've tried. We are not church going people and that is like social suicide around here. If you're not part of a church, you're not part of anything around here. I am quite bothered by the way white and black folks do not mingle. It's like 2 groups living side by side but never meeting. I'm not sure if it is specific to my area or maybe I see things differently having been raised in France. But I don't like my kids growing up this way. Services for special need kids are almost inexistent around here. Driving over 1 hour for all of the weekly therapies is not doable. So that's for the negatives, but there are also some positives. We moved here for work and that was a good decision. We have lots of work and husband gets to come home more often. The local school seems to be quite good so far (not a small detail!). We have a beautiful home not to far from an international airport with a direct flight to Paris. If we were to move and ignore the hassle of selling the house (probably would take a couple years in our area and the economy), the ideal place would be: in the country with a few acres (need to accomodate all of our business equipment), no further than 40 minutes from a larger city, said city would have a direct flight to Paris, good services for V and Sweet Pea, good schools. Hum... what else? Good hunting land for husband would be the cherry on cake! I know he would like about 20acres, but I don't know if it's possible with all of the above criterias. Well, if you guys have any suggestions, go ahead!