Update: I'm officially escaping CA and moving to a new job in Atlanta I turned in my official notice at my current job today. Thanks for all the info in this thread. I was born and raised in the red parts of CA, Redding and surrounding area, however since college I've lived on the coast where it's so blue it's ultraviolet. My girlfriend is finally finishing her last class for her degree this semester after a several year break and we've decided to flee CA this summer. Two years ago we took two weeks and drove a big loop around some southern states (TN,GA,SC,NC,VA,KY) to get an idea of where we would plan on emigrating. Of the limited places we were able to visit my favorite city was Chattanooga TN and hers was Asheville NC. What can you tell me about these two places and also recommend some other locations that we should consider. My requirements for a new home are: 1. Solidly conservative, I don't want to move to a state that I have to worry about turning blue. 2. Shall issue and minimal if any gun laws 3. Right to work (the union currently steals my "fair share" every month) 4. Affordable property (I'd like to buy a few acres and build a house) 5. Low tax burden We'd prefer not to move to a large city but we'll go where the jobs are. We're both in our early 30s, I'm a linux systems administrator and my girlfriend is finishing her degree in communications. I appreciate any information you can give me.