The Pros and Cons of Living in the Great Southern United States

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Southern LifeEvery region of the United States has different connotations. When you’ve lived in several of them, you find that there really are stark differences between the Northeast, South, and Midwest.

From the people to the weather to the attractions, there are pros and cons to living in every state. Here are some of the things you can enjoy – and some of the things you might not enjoy – about living in the South.

Pros

Southern Hospitality

One of the things Southerners are known for the most is their manners. Unlike the Northeast or West Coast, people in general have excellent manners. They say “please,” and “thank you,” and they address people as “Sir,” and “Ma’am.” They are in general nice, welcoming, and always ready to help if need be. They’re friendly, warm, approachable, and well-behaved.

Population Density

Compared to other parts of the country, Southern states have relatively low population densities, inside their cities and especially out. If you don’t like huge crowds and congested traffic, you have a better shot in the South. If you prefer living with some privacy rather than ten feet away from all your neighbors, then the South can accommodate you better.


Warm Weather

If you’re a fan of warm weather, then the South is the best place for you. Winters in the South aren’t as harsh as they are in other parts of the country. You’ll enjoy more warm weather throughout the year, with mild cold months and plenty of heat and sunshine in the summer.

Farms and Produce

The South produces some of the best produce in the U.S., and there are vast farms that supply so much domestic food. Georgia is known for its peaches, and Florida for its oranges. In rural areas there are farm stands all over the place, and you have plenty of opportunities to eat fresh-off-the-farm food that’s delicious and healthy.

Cons

Warm Weather

The warm weather of the South is also a con, depending on how you look at it. If you don’t enjoy the heat, then the South may be a miserable place for you. In fact, it often is miserable for everyone when temperatures soar so high that they’re actually dangerous. A lack of snow may disappoint some. If the humidity is tough for you to handle, the South may be, too.

Poverty and Joblessness

In the South, there is a high rate of unemployment and a high rate of poverty. There are fewer jobs in the South than other regions, and it has been a difficult job economy for those who are out-of-work. There are also many people who live in poverty or close to it.

Negative Stereotypes

In general, people of the South are thought of as hospitable and kind, but there are also a few negative stereotypes that exist, too. Some people make fun of Southerners as being “slow” or incestuous. They may be thought of as hillbillies. Even though it’s an unfair reputation, it exists.

This is a guest post.  Susan Wright DMV is a dog expert, a vet and a freelance writer. Dr. Wright shares helpful advice on selecting and living with various dog breeds, regardless of where you might live.

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