Some days, it seems like everyone in upstate New York is either moving to the state of North Carolina, or planning to move. Our state has been losing population for years.
Google "New Yorkers moving to North Carolina" and you get over 57 million results.
Who has moved?
My neighbor across the street. A baker who sold at the farmers' market for many years. A former co worker. (Another will probably follow in two or three years).
I enjoy the Carolinas (I vacation there enough times) but move there?
|April 7, North Carolina (where else?)|
When I first moved to the Binghamton, New York area almost 30 years ago, I was intrigued by the connection between this area and North Carolina.
North Carolina furniture stores advertised in our papers. Buy Direct! (Alas, you don't see those ads any more. But the furniture places still exist.) In fact my in laws did just that, and furnished their home in furniture shipped up here. I think it was from a factory in Hickory, North Carolina.
|Bundy Key Recorder - eventually this company became IBM|
Part of it was the connection forged through IBM. IBM, incidentally, started in Binghamton, New York. It started as a time clock manufacturer. As they say, it's a long story.
IBM had a major facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had a major IBM facility just down the road in Endicott, New York. There were a lot of transfers back and forth.
We've even transfered our food. The spiedie, the food we are known for, can even be found in North Carolina.
Although IBM is no longer a major presence in our Triple Cities, the connection with North Carolina remains. Many who want to escape our harsh winters in retirement and don't want to live in Florida end up halfway between Florida and New York. What is halfway? North Carolina.
People blog about it. Some tongue in cheek.
Others, more trying to benefit from the migration.
But, then, there is also this.
I have seen, in other places, where locals get locked out of the real estate market because people from the North, who can afford to pay high prices (especially if you are from the New York City area) raise real estate prices. I can't believe that, eventually, there is going to be a lot of resentment towards northerners. And a part of me won't be blaming them for feeling that way. It won't be just the real estate prices.
It will be when their highways are jammed with traffic. Or when their infrastructure is strained because of all the people pouring in.
Or the crime rate goes up.
I don't want to be in North Carolina when that happens.
Strange how people end up destroying the very things that attracted them somewhere in the first place.
Will I end up joining the migration out of upstate New York one day?
We can't see into the future. I'll just have to wait and see.
Is there a place, where you live, that everyone seems to be leaving for?