where to move after nyc

After a decade of living in the Big Apple, my husband and I traded the bustling city streets for the southern charm of Raleigh, North Carolina. If you’re thinking to yourself, “I want to leave NYC, too,” you’ve come to the right blog post. I am going to share why Raleigh, NC is one of the best cities for ex-New Yorkers to live.   

Leaving New York City and all I’d become accustomed to behind wasn’t easy, but my fresh start in Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina was worth it. If you’re questioning where to move after NYC, read on to learn why this transition from urban to suburban life in Raleigh has worked for me.

My Love Letter To Raleigh

Since moving to Raleigh a few years ago, I have fallen in love with so many aspects of our ife in a new city. Here are some of my favorites as a New Yorker. 

Improved Work-Life Balance and a Healthier Pace of Life

Raleigh, North Carolina isn’t just another city. It’s sort of a state of mind. The southern city I now call home offers ex-New Yorkers a healthier pace and a better work-life balance. While there is a booming tech industry and lots of demanding career paths in healthcare, biotech, and various research sectors, the higher emphasis on quality of life is quite refreshing as compared to the hustle and bustle of a professional life in New York City.

Most professionals who work and live in the greater Raleigh area aren’t grinding on 15 hour workdays and coming home to studio apartments. They are working mostly a normal 9-5 job and using their free time to spend time with friends and family dining out or enjoying our local breweries in town.

Stunning Outdoor Beauty and Lots of Green Trails

The first thing you’ll notice about Raleigh while making your descent into the Raleigh-Durham International Airport is that there is a tremendous amount of Oak trees and lots of greenspaces to enjoy. The natural beauty of this city is a welcoming change of scenery from the concrete jungles of the Northeast. 

Gone are the days of long strenuous walks on concrete pavements. Take in the sights of green lawns, community parks, lakes and ponds, and of course, Oak tree-lined streets. There’s no comparison of the natural beauty you open yourself up to moving to Raleigh, NC from New York City.

Family-Friendly Environment and Attractions

Another plus to moving to Raleigh, North Carolina for New Yorkers with growing families like mine is the family-friendly environment and attractions for the whole family. There are many amazing neighborhoods for families in Raleigh that offer access to free, public parks and playgrounds, nearby schools, grocery stores, and shopping centers.

The sense of community in many Raleigh neighborhoods is amazing. On weekends, families can visit the North Carolina State Farmers Market, go see lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center in nearby Durham, play at the Marbles Kids Museum, or explore one of the many public parks for picnics or a family hike. 

Median Single-Family Housing and Lower Property Taxes

In comparison to New York City, home buyers can get a lot more bang for their buck in Raleigh with median single-family home prices. According to Zillow, in 2022, the average single-family home value in Raleigh is approximately $482,000. The median price of real estate in NYC in 2021 was approximately $941,000 according to The New York Times

Property taxes are also considerably lower in Raleigh than in New York City. In North Carolina, the effective state real estate tax rate is 0.84% and New York comes in at a rate of 1.72%.

High-Quality Education

Raleigh provides students with ample opportunities to pursue high-quality education. From top-rated elementary schools to North Carolina State University, there’s a quality education to be had in this area of North Carolina. Just 30-minutes outside the city of Raleigh is the nationally ranked Duke University, famous for it’s high-performing students and excellent basketball team.

A combination of all of these factors is the reason my family and I fell in love with Raleigh, North Carolina. As an ex-New Yorker, I appreciate the better quality of life, ample natural scenery, excellent public education, and plenty of family-friendly attractions my new city has to offer.

Ready To Relocate? It’s Easier Than It Seems

The first time I ever thought “I want to leave NYC,” I couldn’t help but feel anxious at the prospect. What I’ve discovered since then is that a well-planned and well-researched relocation process is more rewarding than I ever would have imagined before taking the plunge. 

Are you seriously considering relocating and need help? I am Lily Yu, a Realtor® with Oak Springs Realty, and I understand the challenges you may face during this process. I have years of experience as a Realtor® and investor and have the skills to walk you through your home buying process. If this is your first time buying a home, I’ve got you covered!

Ready to relocate? Reach out to me and we can begin finding your dream home!