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.


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


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.


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.