If you’re feeling stuck in your career, and you want to explore life in a new city, moving may be the ideal solution. There’s a lot to consider when you decide to relocate. Ultimately, you need to determine where you’ll be happiest by prioritizing what is most important to you. The answer to this question is personal and will be different for everyone. As you’re exploring how to choose the right city for you, here’s a list of the top ten factors people most often take into account when moving to a new place for their career.

Job Prospects

The quantity and quality of employment opportunities is a high priority for people considering relocation. Take a look at the companies in the areas you’re considering to get an idea of opportunities. You may want to explore salary ranges and employee reviews on sites like Salary.com and Glassdoor. Also, consider your commute options.

Affordability 

Another consideration is the cost of living. Cost of living will impact your lifestyle and the salary you’ll need to target. Cost of living includes everything from food and utility costs to housing expenses and the cost of entertainment. 

City Size

Do you prefer a large metropolitan area, mid-sized city, or a small town? Metropolitan areas have more resources available, more restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and activities. A smaller town usually provides a stronger sense of connectedness. A mid-sized city (like Greenville) offers a balance of both. 

Proximity to Friends and Family

If living near friends and family is important to you, you may want to look at areas near them. This may be more important if you have children and want to be near family so the kids can grow up around family. 

Safety

Research crime rates in the areas you’re considering moving to. Cities always have pockets of areas that have higher and lower crime rates, and it’s helpful to know where these areas are when you’re considering where you want to live.

Weather

Give some thought to the type of climate you want to live in. Do you prefer heat, cold, or a mix of both? Do you want to enjoy distinct seasons, or do you want warm days full of sunshine year-round? Also, consider air quality as it can have an impact on your health.

Housing Market

You’ll want to look at real estate costs as well as housing market trends to see what you can afford now versus what you might expect the value to be down the road. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus homeownership.

School System

The quality of the school system will be especially important if you have children. Do some research to evaluate the education systems available in the areas you’re considering. In addition to public schools, you may also want to check out charter schools and private schools. If you want to pursue higher education, look at nearby colleges and universities.

Demographics

Who are “your people?” If you are in your 20s and single, you may want to look for an area where there are a lot of young singles. If you appreciate diversity and learning from other cultures, look for an area with a diverse population. If you like a quiet life, seek out an area that offers access to nature. 

Healthcare

Find out if the cities you are considering have good hospitals and healthcare. Do you have options? This may be most important for older people or people with young children. However, it’s a good idea to be aware of the local healthcare options no matter your situation. 

Outline Your Priorities to Choose the Right City

There’s a lot to take into account when you start thinking about relocating. Using this list to help you prioritize what is most important to you will help you determine the characteristics to look for. 

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