Well, my parents live in Charleston (SC right? Not WV)
It is a very beautiful city, there is a good mix of The Old South and a vacation resort town. It is right on the water (parent live something like 20 minutes from the beaches). Its warm pretty much all year round, getting almost cold in the winter (probably 'round 40) and uncomfortably hot in august, but mostly nice. There also isn’t a lot of rain for some reason (but see below).
Cost of living is quite low. My parents house, which cost them about 100k, would probably be about 200-300 where I am in pittsburgh. Gas used to always be 30 cents per gallon or so cheaper than pgh too, but thats evened out with the rising prices now.
The downtown area is great, all kinds of good restaraunts and some bars with great live music. Also downtown is “The Market” which is an outdoors craft fair type of thing where small buisness set up shop to sell, for example, handmade baskets, or dolls, or handpainted shells, that kind of thing. Mostly for tourists, but its still pretty cool. Oh, and just endless amounts of art galleries and antique shops.
Bad stuff includes:
Religious right wingers - I just LOVE visiting the folks, and reading the editorials in the paper about teaching evolution, and posting the 10 commandments. Makes my day.
Social right wingers - This is the state that had all the hoo-ha about flying the confederate flag, after all. Charleston is actually more cosmopolitan and liberal than the rest of the state, so it doesn’t get too bad, but still.
Hurricanes - Floyd pretty much devastated the town a few years back. Then last year the whole coast was evacuated (a very messy evacuation).
Shitty as hell school systems - Dunno if your looking to raise some youngens, or how Texas and Louisana compare, but SC consistently places 45-50 in the nation in just about every metric. Current big debate is over a lottery to fund the school system. Last big debate was over allowing gambling to fund the school system. It never ends, and the schools never get better.
Expansion - A lot of people are moving to charleston, and the place is really building up. I was down there last weekend, and saw 2 or 3 planned communities that weren’t there before. I’m not sure how the city plans on expanding their infrastructure to handle all the new development. This is actually both good and bad, because it also means that a lot more young people are moving in.
Anyway, overall I’d like living in charleston for a few years, pretty and cheap always does it for me. But its not the place I’d want to raise kids.