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To Be or Not to Be….Choosing the Best City For Thee

When choosing the best place for you to live, it is important to consider what is really important to you. Now many people may think that they should or shouldn’t like a city based on other people’s opinions. What other people think—good or bad shouldn’t be important nor your focus.  What is important is to examine your own values and to determine your moving choice based on this.  In this step by step guide not only can this be fun, but be very eye opening about who you are in your ‘city profile’

City size: big or small?

Are you a hustle and bustle person or a open space person? Perhaps you are in between. Living in the city can prove to be quite over stimulating—honking horns and limited natural light due to b locked buildings can be an issue, but then there is the culture and entertainment side.

Seasons and weather

Do you like 4 seasons, 2 seasons, or how about even 1 season? Which season out of all of them is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Answer these questions and check out which area of the country best fits you.

Culture, entertainment and lifestyle

For some, culture is important. Learning new ways of life and hearing a different language from day to day is important to them. However for others being able to constantly hear English and see people that look and act like them is important. There are areas that cater to both types of people.

Job search

What industry do you work in or hope to work in? Where is that industry thriving in the US? If you are job hunting, where do you believe that you could find your dream job? If you are an entrepreneur or own your own company, where could you get the most clients?

Schools, transportation and medical centers

When it comes to college, and overall education—location can be a big deal. Check out the school systems and match it with what you are looking to get for yourself or your children out of an education. In relation to transportation, are you going to own a car? If so, what is parking like there? If not, do they have appropriate transportation options?

Outdoors person?

If you like any kind of outdoors sport it is important that you live at least close to an area that you can escape. If you are someone who likes to go rock climbing or hiking on the weekends, then make sure that you choose a place where you can build in time for this. If not, no worries, lots of places have gyms.

Safety

This is a no brainer. If this is important to you, check out the statistics for your prospective city.

Politics

Make sure that wherever you are moving, you are going to feel that there is a sense of connectivity within your political community. Otherwise you may end up feeling like the local pariah and will want to leave faster than you can say election.

Cost of living

You have to make sure that you can afford where you are moving! How much would a weekend out on the town cost? Would that put you out of house and home? How about rent—make sure that what you are paying is agreeable with your checkbook as well as your family.

Spirituality

This is one of the most important factors. Make sure that you have a community that you can turn to when it comes to your religious and spiritual community. This is the core of so many, so if it is important to you, make sure that you find a place that you can connect and thrive.

Moving to a New City: Get Acclimated!

Finding a new exciting city is great. The new smells, people, locations and culture is always a thrill—kind of a way to reset your life or even give yourself a “clean slate”. If this sounds like you—awesome. If it doesn’t however, keep reading. There is a giant faction of people that find moving to a new city nothing but daunting and stressful. If you are one of these people pay attention and you may just learn a couple of ways to getting to know your new city—and even yourself.

There are many different kinds of channels when it comes to getting to know your surroundings. It can be as simple as using your feet and a map, or firing up Google to search. First thing you must do when moving to a new area is walk around. I know, this sounds basic, but what better way to get to know an area than just using the pads of your feet? If you are going to go that far you may as well get lost. This is the surefire way to find out community resources, new people, and your way around the streets. On your way around town, try and pick up a newspaper—this incredible simple and old fashioned resource is great for finding what your town is like, who lives there, and what their values are.  If you aren’t a big fan of walking, take  the bus! No better way to experience a city than through the window with someone else (who knows where they’re going) to give you a nice tour.

Now that you have learned the ways that require you to get out of your house, here are some ways just sitting at your computer.  First, Meetup.com is a great resource. You can find special interest groups, and people around that want to just get together! Whether you are just looking for a social group or if you are a classic book fanatic, this website has it all.  Also, look into Craigslist.com. This website is a great resource for almost anything: services, classes, for sale, wanted and even a “missed connections” category. They have hundreds of areas! Then check out Yelp.com. This site is great for checking out any business around your home—all consumer based reviewed businesses this is a great way to narrow down exactly what you want and how much you want to pay for it.

Even if you only use one of these resources, you are sure to find out much more out about your town or city that you knew before. That’s a promise!

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