I really need to figure out how to move the **** out of the South
You will probably be much better off in the North.
The people there have higher incomes and virtually every other indicator of being better off (e. g., better health, longer life expectancy, higher literacy, greater educational attainment, lower child mortality, etc.) as compared to the South, including NC.
Interestingly, during the debates, Romney bragged that, when he was governor of MA, MA students were tops in the country by far. Of course, he omitted the fact that the students reached the top long before he took office.
In NC, the Republicans in control are taking actions that drag down the state on a near daily basis. For instance, there is a new bill that will probably be enacted that will significantly shift the income tax burden from the rich to the poor and middle class.