At one time, deciding where to live wasn’t a factor for consideration. You simply lived where you were born and that was that. In today's society, with transportation across states, countries and even continents being accessible for many, deciding where to live will probably be one of the most important decisions that you'll make. Whether you are deciding whether or not to relocate for work, where to settle a family, or where to move to study, there are many variables to consider. When making the decision it would be strange not to worry about feeling at home and the overwhelming notion of the impending decision can make it difficult to decide where to start. We have compiled a list of the most important factors to consider because after all, there's no place like home!
1. Cost of Living
No matter what the event was that brought on the idea to relocate, the chances are that it all boils down to providing both yourself and your family with a better way of life. In reality, your quality of life is determined by what you can afford so before you set your heart on a specific area, it's best to check the minimum amount an adult or family would need to cover their basic expenses. If the result is unrealistic, it's time to think again. For example, studies show that $100 in Mississippi goes farther than $100 in DC so if you are looking to move somewhere with a higher cost of living, you need to ensure that you are making enough money to be happy there.
2. Jobs and Average Wage
When deciding where to live, experts always refer to your 5-year and 10-year plan. Whether you like it or not, these plans for the future almost always include your current and future career so its important that you search job postings in potential cities to get an idea of what the demand is. You should also conduct a search for something like 'best cities for [your chosen occupation]. This search could lead you to where you have the most opportunities for long term growth. What's more, if you intend to keep your current job then you may even be able to live somewhere where the commute is reasonable. Living close to work, although the salary may be lower, means that you will have more time to do the things you love and what's more, it could also help you to save money on fuel!
3. Crime Rates
Although on the whole, violent crime rates throughout the whole of the United States are on the decline, some cities have seen an increase in recent years. Benton, MI, has experienced a 31% increase however studies show that Harper Woods, MI, has witnessed an alarmingly increase in violent crime in the past year. Whilst discussing violent crime is never enjoyable, it’s important factor to consider when relocating, especially if you have young children. It could dramatically affect your quality of life to constantly be looking over your shoulder and what's more, if you have young children, you may want to keep them away from gang crime too. Finally, there is a dangerous criminal that you are trying to avoid, why not use a background check site to search according to state?
4. Check the Climate and Liklihood of Natural Disasters
Some areas in the U.S. are more prone to natural disasters than others. This doesn’t mean that by living in Texas or neighboring areas means is a no-go rather, you should consider how anxious you will be by bringing your family somewhere that has emergency storm warnings. In addition, choosing somewhere with a suitable climate is an important factor to consider when deciding where to set up home. In the U.S. the world (states!) really is your oyster. You have the choice of living somewhere hot, cold, wet or dry, by the beach or on the mountains. It's not only important to consider what weather you prefer to enjoy in your free time but also, how the weather will affect commuting to work or riding to school. If you are moving with your family to a climate they are unused to? All of these questions are things to think about.
Although these are probably the most important factors to consider, you should also think about how well the area matches your lifestyle and what you want to get out of life. Yes, work, money and safety are all important but life is for living. Think about if you want to live in an area with a great nightlife, lots of green parks and fields to stroll through, or libraries and theatres to enrich your life with culture. Once you decide where you want to set up your life, be sure to surround yourself with people who you love. As the saying goes, home is where the heart is.