I love Richmond. Its big enough to be a capital city for a fairly large state, yet small enough to navigate both geographically and socially. I moved here from out of state to come to VCU in 1986 and never thought about leaving. Within 6 years of living here, I knew someone who could connect me with anyone I needed to know. Try doing that in Charlotte. It has also been affordable. I never had a hard time finding a job or part time jobs to supplement my income. I found it a very easy place to thrive as a young adult and a great place to raise a family and retire.