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Old 06-06-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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When trying to figure out where you want to live in the United States, and loving lots of different things from different areas, how would you determine where to move/live? What are the most important factors? Or what are some factors that most don't think about?
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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-Cost of living has to be considered, as well as job availability.

-Crime isn't a huge deal to me, I figure if you shop around before you move, and be smart after you move, you can avoid crime.

-Weather isn't a huge issue. I've lived in hot, humid areas my whole life, so I'm used to it. I figure I can bundle up for the cold alot easier than I can cool off in the heat.

-Things to do in the surrounding area is an important one. I don't have to have some new adventure every weekend, but I'd at least like a little variety.

I'm pretty easy to please.
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:17 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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-A fairly dense population density (6000+)/Good Public Transportation
-Four seasons with a good amount of snow. (A good amount of rain in spring - Warm/Hot summers)
-Affordable! Meaning buying a decent/nice home under 120K isn't near impossible.
-Good schools
-Diversity (racially tolerant)
-Greenery- lots of vegetation
-A river and/or lake(s) with parks.
-A community that has a good amount oof events and festivals (Winterfest, Octoberfest, St Patricks day parade etc)
-A place where cops worry more about ACTUAL criminals.
-A place where taxes aren't too low, but a place where taxes aren't too high. (either of the extreme can ruin a place)
-A place with older architecture throughout
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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The first thing I'd consider is whether or not I really want to live in a given place. Because if I don't, then none of the other possible variables matters.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:26 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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jobs, income, public transportation, things to do, etc.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:33 AM
 
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Determining factors in relocating are Quality of Life/Affordability/Cost of Living/Diversity/Unemployment rate is a huge factor.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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I would also add that access to excellent hospitals, doctors, dentists, etc., would be an important factor. It's best to determine what sort of health care you have available before you need it, not after the fact.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Sometimes you find the places don't fit the person no matter what they try to do. Bend this way bend that way nothing seems to fit. Give in on one part of your criteria and then another and nothing seems to fit right. I think for those that have a strong leaning towards public transit in America will have a very difficult time. Especially if they are not someone that can live in the nations biggest cities.

Add it all up. We all have needs and some have greater needs. You need affordable, unemployment that is not off the charts. quality hospitals and doctors that are taking new patients. Grocery stores that are not just catering to certain segments of the population. (that does exist in some grocery chains like Safeway). You need if in a Metro some kind of efficent transit be it only a bus system it can be hard to find anything that is decent.

We can't all and don't want to live in NYC where many things are available outside your residence. So finding a place to figure out where to live requires alot of homework

Figure out your needs your interests and take it from there and join the club. Eventually something will pop up, but you will probably find you had to cross off alot on your criteria list.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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if i was settling down in a particular city for an extended period of time the factors i would look at are

- city size
- climate
- walkability of neighborhoods i would spend my time in
- public transport
- airport connections (how connected is it to the other cities i like to spend time?)
- nightlife

i take these things factors very seriously and will not move to a city if it doesn't meet my requirements. as of right now, there are only three cities in america i would consider living in, LA, SF, and south florida. NYC possibly, but i think it might be too cold for me. every other city fails miserably for me.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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cost of living
"family-friendly"
parks/recreation
education/schools (public mostly)
safety
culture/cultural diversity
proximity to family/friends
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