As I get older, I find that location is increasing irrelevant to me. I like being close to my friends, family, and the sports teams I am a fan of, but other than that, I have no particular attachment to North Carolina. My only requirements irt living in a place are that it have a low cost of living, decent weather, somewhat convenient access to roads/airports, and dependable high speed internet access (for my job). And I don't want any place that is very crowded.
For me...family and friends, and water access.
Good water, not some bullshit lake.