Originally Posted by jenna
charleston, south carolina is pretty nice. i'm not sure of the cost of living for most of the area, though. it's right by the water, too.
I'm in Columbia, SC. There are several veg friendly places, and the cost of living is SUPER SUPER CHEAP!!!! Gas prices are on par with the rest of the US, but apartment rentals are $325-$400 for crummy ones, and $450-$550 for nice ones (many do allow pets).
My energy bill is $74-$115/month...but that varies according to your home. The property taxes on my car were $39, state taxes are low, and we don't have to deal with vehicle inspections.
The coast and it's beaches are a 3 hour drive or less, and in the city there's the expected museums, theaters, parks, etc. that one would find in a capital city.
But...you will have to deal with some very ugly people calling you 'honey' all the time. And, on Sundays, nothing's open until 1:30pm, and everything closes at 6pm...it IS the Bible Belt after all. But, I really don't hear much religious-type stuff here.