The process of moving is often difficult, expensive and full of choices you may not want to make. Whether it’s to change landscapes, to get closer (or further away from) the family, more pleasant weather or better job opportunities, it’s a decision you do not want to make easily. We have scoured the internet for lists of places you may want to move based on the reasons for your decision. Have a look!
Move here after the pandemic
There is no doubt that the pandemic has taken its toll on our lives. We all look forward to “getting back to normal”
Move here for a fresh start
Do you need to get away from your current shot? It happens. A simple change of scenery where no one else knows you can be exactly what you need. Invent yourself again. Reload. Renew. If you have no budget, job, or family constraints and just wanted to throw an arrow at a map, consider Cleveland, Ohio. Surprised? Be not. The city has changed recently and turned it into the first choice for Livability.com’s list of the best places to get a fresh start.
Move here to get out of town
If lockdown had you found creative ways to get your workout indoors, you may be longing for more space so you can stretch your legs outside and not have as close contact with neighbors or people on the street. The trend to get out of the city may have started for reasons other than the pandemic: cheaper rent, more outdoor space, less pollution, etc. so there are many options based on your preferences.
Business Insider compiled a list of the 27 least populated counties in America, which surprisingly found about half of them in Alaska. Alaska is a beautiful, wide-open state, so if getting away from people is your ultimate goal, this list is for you. Realistically, not many people can handle that type of robust housing, in which case the suburbs may be for you.
At the top of the list of suburbs is Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania with a population of nearly 5,000. The nearest major city is Philadelphia pop. 1.5 million, so when you feel the need to be faceless in a crowd, it’s just a thirty minute drive.
Move here to raise a family
If family life is on your timeline, evaluate things like public schools, crime and security, and housing. Niche.com gave Naperville, Illinois an A + and ranked it as a place in America to raise a family. The large suburb has access to lots of parks and restaurants and even gets a B + point for nightlife. So go ahead and plan a date night – in a safe, socially distant way of course.
For affordable housing
That’s part of the American dream, right? If you are looking for a place to achieve that, Des Moines, Iowa took the place on Investopedia’s list of places with good jobs and affordable housing. With a population of about 600,000, it is a large city, but which still feels close. Residents pay about 23% of their annual income on housing, which gives you some extra change in your pocket.
For outdoor enthusiasts
Hiking, biking, kayaking, beautiful views, food, clean air, fishing and crabbing are just some of the reasons why outdoor enthusiasts can move to Seattle, Washington. It was the premier site for outdoor enthusiasts of Niche.com. They do not call it Evergreen State for nothing! But this outdoor paradise comes at a cost. Housing is expensive. Like San Francisco and Honolulu expensive. If that does not deter you, remember that the gray days can carry you, causing seasonal affective disorder that gets you down. Otherwise, it’s a top spot in our books.
For mental health
We want to offer this list because we have all suffered in one way or another. Mental Health America collected data across the United States on access to mental health care, coverage, and labor availability. It ranked the states and found Pennsylvania at the top of the list. Yes, we know Pennsylvania is not a city, but you may want to consider one of the many communities here based on your preference for city life or small town life.
Moving is a pain, but doing it for the right reasons can give your career, finances and mental health a much-needed boost.