1. Hey, at least there isn't roasting hot weather in the summer. 2. The taxes are high but the people generally are wealthier. I don't know what you mean by 3-5, and what's wrong with being close to Canada? The accents aren't even that bad, you'd get used to them.
Texas14: Thats cool. To each his own. We probably have a different perspective than you.
Part of the reason is because my family are New Englanders. When me moved here we found the people incredibly unwelcoming. They faked a bunch of smiley, southern hospitality crap but they were really nasty to us. They call us yankees and we've been called carpetbaggers. People used to keep their kids from playing with us. They would judge us for not buying into the Bible belt mentality and for not saying Ma'am and sir (We didnt grow up with that as the norm). Im not even going to touch how openly racist some of them were. Also I was strait up told while talking to one girl that "Catholics (implying ne) dont belive in Jesus" and by another that "Our southern hospitality isnt for yankees."
Im positive not everyone is that way and many people have a wonderful experience there with wonderful people. But it wasnt our experience unfortunately.
"I rather be rich and smart (North East), rather than poor and stupid. (South)"
Smart? They havent done anything innovative up there since the first 100 years from our founding. Theres a reason its gone so liberal. If you cant make money on your own ... Steal it from the places that are making it. Thats not smart, reactionary and scared is what it is.
How can you be smart and not innovative? How can anyone determine you are a smart person if you arent able to apply said smartness in an outward fashion? Regurgitating old info makes you as smart as a tape recorder. There is alot more to intelligence, and most of it involves being able to use prior knowledge in some type of application. Innovation is one way to show it. Having the most finalists in the TV show Jeopardy over the past decade does not.
Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.
The Mather school was founded in Dorchester in 1639. It is the first public elementary school in America.
Also, I like being around smart people, so I can learn more, and have educated conversions, and be respected at the same thing. Seriously, other than Florida, the South is not my ideal place.
All those happened well out of this century. I work closely with Cambridge types everyday. There are a few smart ones ... But to make the claim that Mass. Is smarter as a whole because of a few that came to go to MIT and then leave is a total misconception. The majority are dumb as a post.
FreedomBeifreEquality: I dont like the people on here stereotyoing southerners as stupid any more than you do. Its ignorant and untrue.
But Massacusetts has the best public education system in the country, its not just a few people at MIT.
Loli moved to new jersey and never went beack because i didnt have a choice. No disrespect to those who like the south but ironically, its not my glass of ice tea.