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For years, Anthony Steven and his wife had talked about moving from Long Island, New York, to North Carolina’s Raleigh area, within the Research Triangle that also encompasses Chapel Hill and Durham.

His wife worked remotely as a program manager for a central lab nearby, and a move would allow her more time in the office. Plus, “the cost of living on Long Island really was getting to be insane,” Steven, 40, told Business Insider. “But I had a good job and didn’t see the point in leaving.”

That all changed after Steven’s company laid off more than 100 employees, including him, as a result of the pandemic. Almost immediately, he said, he and his wife moved down south with their family.

“The cost of living in North Carolina and the quality of life were far more favorable than we imagined,” Steven said. “People are definitely friendlier here. There are a lot of transplants from all over the country all looking to meet people.”

Big multistate moves like the Stevens’ to the Tar Heel State have been happening for much of the past decade, but something is different about 2020.

“We’ve been a desired area for years,” said Linda Trevor, who’s been an …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

      

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