I was born in Grants, New Mexico and my sister was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. Needless to say, I was too little to remember those moves. From the time I was three until I was thirteen, we lived in West Lafayette, Indiana. We moved to Marietta, Georgia in the middle of my 7th grade year.
I am not sure if it was the black and white difference between the Midwest and the South or my age, but the move was HARD on me. Kids wore different fashion, listened to different music and were developmentally more advanced than I was. I have always felt bad for my 13-year-old self and have thus decided to never uproot my kids.
With that being said, I have lots of friends who have either moved here for work or because of the great schools or have moved away due to military assignments or the economy. Many of my friends report that their children have done very well and that the move allowed for new friends and activities. Some kids that I have asked have reported missing their old friends and clubs.