Critical factors to weigh when deciding where to live

If you're thinking about relocating in the near future, you may wonder how you can possibly analyze all the options to make the most informed decision possible.

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WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 – In their post-college, early-adult years, many people will decide to settle down in their hometown close to family and friends. But others yearn to get away from it all and to start a fresh life far away from home.

If you are thinking about relocating in the near future, you may wonder how you can possibly analyze all the options to make the most informed decision possible. Where you live can ultimately have a significant impact on your life in numerous ways, so this decision should not be taken lightly. 

The following decision points are among the most important factors to consider when deciding where to live.

Economic Opportunities
You may be researching the best places to live in Texas or other states based on crime rates and other demographic and cost of living data. However, one thing is certain. You simply must be able to earn a good living in the town you choose to move to.


It is imperative that you research economic opportunities and career prospects before you move. You may even receive a job offer before you fully relocate to your chosen area, which could become a major issue if you can’t find a job once you’ve moved. Some areas of the country simply have a higher concentration of jobs in specific fields than others. Ultimately, you need to live in a place that has multiple opportunities available for you to consider.

How Scenic the Location Is
Another item to consider is the ambiance and natural beauty in the area you’re considering. You may not think the beauty of the city is very important in comparison to other features. However, whether a city looks well-maintained and upbeat or dirty and sullen can dramatically impact your mood and your enjoyment of life on a daily basis. If you’re just starting out on the rest of you’re life, look for a young, active, fun city that has a positive ambiance if you want to be happy in the town you select.

The Climate
The climate of any location is a critical factor you simply cannot overlook. Some people love cold weather and winter sports and flock to the north. Others love dry heat and head for Arizona or New Mexico. If you prefer all four seasons, a mid-region state could be ideal. An added plus is that the cost of living in such states is often notably lower. (See below.)

On the other hand, some people want just a touch of winter combined with a mostly warm climate. Certain areas of Texas and some mountain areas in the South might be ideal for this climate preference. As a secondary note, pay attention to the topography. For example, some people are more inclined to live next to the beach, the mountains or lakes, all of which can have moderating effects on a given climate zone.

Your Free Time Options
The location of your home will also have an impact on the recreational opportunities you can enjoy in your free time. For example, you may want to have a golf course and nightclubs nearby, or you may prefer to be near a yoga studio, hiking trails and plenty of safe places to cycle. Focus on the recreational activities that are ideal for your interests so that you are not bored in your free time.

The Cost of Living
Money may not be everything, but you need enough of it – and, ideally, a bit of a surplus – to live a comfortable life with minimal stress.

Some towns are clearly more expensive to live in than others, with the most desirable towns, employment wise, often carrying with them the highest cost of living. You can, and should, research the cost of living in various communities before you make a decision about where to live. Be sure that the cost of living can support your lifestyle.

Your Personal Life
It’s a given that your personal life can be affected by where you live as well. If you are not yet married, think about your ability to find a suitable mate in various areas you’re considering. Then, think farther ahead about when you may have kids and settle down. Think about the quality of schools, the proximity to parks, healthcare facilities in the area and more. The ideal city or town will provide you with everything needed to enjoy life throughout its many stages.

As you can see, there are numerous factors to consider when you are preparing to relocate to a new city or town. A smart idea is to make a list of the top towns that initially come to mind when you think about moving. Take time to research each of the factors above for each city on your list. If you find that none of your initial options are ideal, you can always use the Internet to research other potential options that you may not have considered during your first comprehensive review. If you do your “due diligence” systematically, your  effort will help you considerably, enabling you to make the wisest decision about where to move to begin an exciting and rewarding future.

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