We’ve also gotten another, more entertaining reaction: a kind of hip/urban reverse snootiness about Seattle relative to Bellevue and the whole East Side (Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, and Renton). It didn’t take long for us to learn that, in the minds of many Seattleites, the East Side is not Seattle. One day while we were still living in our temp housing in the city, I told a woman I met that we were moving to Bellevue, and she replied “well I hope you enjoyed Seattle while you were here.”
I lived in Olympia, WA for a few years and I've spent a lot of time in different Seattle neighborhoods. Washington natives were (probably still are) aggressively anti-Californication. I can write from firsthand experience that the locals were not welcoming to newcomers. I didn't much care for the winters, but the open antipathy made me long for taciturn New England.
Outsiders who flock to the most desirable cities drive up real estate prices and dilute the regional culture. Colorado natives aren't riding on the welcome wagon when you arrive in Denver. My city of Longmont is divided between the old guard and a rapidly growing number of outsiders. I've lived here five years and it still seems like half the people I encounter would rather I go back to from whence I came.
Charlotte, NC isn't any different. Frost Belt refugees continue to move there, but not for the southern hospitality:
Charlotte's expatriates were lured -- not chased -- to N.C.. They seem to have unpacked their political baggage for a long stay.
This is a lament that the Charlotte identity is under siege. The city would like to grow up as the as another Atlanta, but instead is becoming the next Miami (described in less than flattering terms). Immigrants and neo-carpetbaggers: North Carolina would rather you not move there if you aren't going to properly assimilate.