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We moved to E. Syracuse from Texas about 17 years ago. We lasted less than a year. For us it was a nice place to visit relatives, but we sure didn't like living there.

The taxes have been adressed in other posts.

The schools may be great, but we homeschool and it is one of the worst states to live in as far as punitive regulations imposed on homeschoolers.

I am a midwife...the city where we lived in, homebirth midwives were few and far between because they were prosecuted and persecuted. Again, this may not be an issue for you, but if it is, consider it. Taken together with the homeschooling measures, it doesn't seem the best place to live regarding personal liberties.

We were accustomed to the culture of the South. We had a real problem with how cold it was. Not the temperature, that we could deal with, but we were unprepared for how hard it seemed to make friends. We did all the right involved in church, civic associations, etc, and still felt like we left without making any real friends. We wondered if it was us...we were accustomed to a laid back acceptance...coming from the fourth largest city in the US we were not what one would call "hicks", but people just seemed more open and friendly than what we found in NY. It is probably more a regional difference than strictly a state difference, you may not find it any different from what you already know.
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