It's either extremely hot & humid, or just hot, during the summer. During the rainy season, severe thunderstorms occur often. The winter isn't too bad, but in recent years snow & ice have thrown things out of balance.
Cost of living can vary, but cheaper than a large percentage of other metro areas. I'd stay or move back if I found the right place for me at that stage of my life.
From fancy venues to hidden gems, the food and nightlife scene offers a variety of options. Tons of high end to low end eateries that provide quality food, service, and diversity.
Stuck in old conservative ways, preventing needed advancement in many areas that use state funding.
Large medical field and many professional jobs in varying fields.
Tons of successful mom & pop shops, thriving nightlife scene, and exponential growth with young professionals due to growth in housing development.