I have lived in North and South Carolina, and I personally did not like either. I hate the weather (I don't like hot weather), the public schools generally aren't good, and I dislike the terrain where I live. But the people I knew in North Carolina were very kind, the same can be said about a lot of the people I know in South Carolina. I've heard from friends that the food is good (I don't go out and eat much). I can't really talk about cost of living or really anything to do with money since I live with my parents, and don't have a job. So yeah I personally dislike the southeast.