From a yankees prespective:
North Carolina is the complete opposite of how I used to live in New York.
People here range from nice to rude. The nice people have class and are polite to everyone, including yankees. On the other hand the "red neck" kind of people live low and disgusting lives. Their lawn is festered with junk, they hate everyone, and they are stupid.
The weather is mild year round. Summers are hot and the winters are slighly cool. It nevers rains and their is always a drought. When it snow, it unspectactular. It is only about an inch and they cancell school for it. You can go each day wearing shorts.
This state is big on southern food. People here love barbeque and the sweetest and greasest fried food.They preffer grits to oatmeal.hey don't know what saurkraut is. Most of the new york style food resturants are owned and run by yankees who open shop here. The food is good and offers a alternative to southern food. Most dignifed southerns won't eat this food because they thinks it is to greasy.
Everyone loves ACC basketball. They love it so much that they make you watch it in school. Don't talk shit about any of the top name schools. Let them do that. The Carolina Panthers, the NFL team, are a real good team who all of a sudden became good. The Hurricanes, The NHL team, is pretty good as well. Their is no MLB team but they love the Braves. So it kind of sucks to be a Met fan (which is what I am).
The schools here are not that great. UNC is full of hicks, Duke is to presitge, NC State is for the gifted, and UNCG is for losers.
You need a car to get anywhere. the traffic is not bad and the taxis are for reservation (kind of wierd).
If you are catholic (like me) or jewish, you will be discriminated because of the way you practice your faith. Within every mile there is a bapist church.
Word of advice, never pull out your rosary.
Everyone says "y'all" and they even teach it in the schools. If you were not born in the south, this word has to be forced out. Don't ever say "youse" or people will lecture you on how to speak. Soda is called pop,they never refer pizza as a pie, and they live the phrase "Im fixin to."
The dress code here is unflattering. People wear camo and clothing of hunting apperal. But people do dress nice by wearing polo shirts and straight leg pants.
One last thing, they take their confederate pride seriously. To them, the south will rise again and the confederate flag should be flown from every house. Mess with this tradition and the KKK will hunt you down.
To conclude, I will never conform to this life sytle.
Real life situation I once faced in North Carolina:
People from my high school knew I was not from here but I had alot of friends. One day, they were dicussing about what they were going to do for the holidays. I joined in the conversation but they said to me "We are talking about Christmas, not Huanakah you fucking kike." I said "I'm not jewish, I'm catholic and I do celerbrate Christmas." It came clear to me, these people are so racist that if you are not from here, the quickly judge who you are.