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7 factors to consider when deciding where to live


One of the most important factors to consider when deciding on a location is affordability. Living comfortably within your means should be a primary concern. Affordability extends well beyond the sale price of the home–property taxes, utilities, and local costs (such as groceries, gas and amenities) also determine what will work for you.

Employment opportunities:

Employment opportunities can vary between states, regions, and cities. So it’s important to do some research about employment opportunities within your industry, and try to locate an area that has a high concentration of those jobs. Keep in mind that salaries vary greatly between locations as well, so using sites like Nerdwallet.com or Salary.com can help you determine salary ranges and cost of living in those areas. If you can, finding a job before you relocate is ideal.

Crime & safety:

Everyone wants to live in a safe neighborhood. Especially if you have a family, you want to feel confident that the area you are relocating to is safe. Many city and town websites offer crime reports and third-party websites like AreaVibes.com and CrimeMapping.com offer some insight into communities you are interested in. Trulia.com, a real estate app for finding apartments and homes for sale, is a convenient tool, as it provides a crime map for the neighborhood of the listing you are viewing.


Hate the cold and not a fan of snow? New England and other northern states may not be your top pick. But moderate climates like the Carolinas, or arid hot climates like California might fit your life and hobbies better. Weather can affect your mood, commute and overall health, so do your research! Also keep in mind areas that are vulnerable to natural disasters and severe weather.

School system:

If you are thinking of starting a family, seeking out areas with highly rated school is a smart choice. Even if having kids isn’t in your future, a solid school system is still beneficial to you. Towns and cities with excellent school systems can increase your property value-meaning you could get more for your property down the road.

Commute & transportation:

For many people, Covid-19 has adjusted the typical work structure-with remote work becoming a popular alternative. However, if you have a job which requires you to be in person, or you simply are more productive in an office, you’ll want to consider how you’re getting there. If you plan on utilizing public transit, make sure the locations you are searching in provide a good public transit system that will get you to and from work efficiently. If you’re commuting, take a look into the traffic patterns in the area. Your proximity to your workplace doesn’t guarantee a short commute if you have to battle traffic everyday!

Proximity to friends and family:

If being close to friends and family is important to you, moving to a nearby area may be the way to go. If you are moving further away for a new climate or unique work opportunities, being centrally located will make it easier for friends and loved ones to visit. Moving to a community that is close to a major airport, or that provides easy access to highways will make the trip easier and faster-for both you and those looking to visit your new home.

Deciding on a new place to call home can be overwhelming. But by doing your research and finding a community you’ll enjoy living in, you will set yourself up for a successful relocation. Spending some time in the area you are looking to move to will help you feel the vibe of the community, and can ultimately make you feel more at home once you actually make the move.

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