LET'S LIVE HERE!
You have to live
somewhere. Why not pick a winner? You know,
pick a best city or
best places within a city. Your career choice
may very well dictate the area of the
country that best
suits your goals. But you will still need to select a
specific neighborhood for residency.
opportunities or promotions are one of the primary
reasons for moving.
move just to stay employed with their existing
sometime friend issues may cause a move.
life issues may also cause a move.
could ask a friend where to
live. Or, you could ask a
real estate agent where you should
live. But, you can
personalize your decision by using your own screening
criteria to find a preferred neighborhood.
It just takes some
objective screening data is available to use in your
selection process. The US Census Bureau provides data
on many different neighborhood aspects. School
districts typically provide statistics on student scores
for each school. Police departments, chamber of commerces, or municipalities can provide crime
statistics. Your objective criteria can be used to
select potential neighborhoods for your new residency.
Sample screening criteria for a new residency.
| House Type
| Housing Budget
| Transportation Costs
| City or Metro Averages
| Neighborhood or Precinct
| District Statistics
| Individual School Statistics
| Age Statistics
| Children per Household
| Marital Status
objective screening criteria should narrow your
neighborhood (or home) choices to a manageable number.
have applied your objective screening criteria and
narrowed the choices, you can use your subjective
criteria for a final selection. Three
criteria you might consider in your move decision are
recreation, nightlife and culture. For example -
Recreation – You
might enjoy cycling. How would you rate cycling
opportunities in each neighborhood?
Night Life – You
might enjoy dining at fine restaurants. What types
of restaurants are in the neighborhood?
Culture – You
might be a huge sports fan. Are there spectator
options in the neighborhood?
set up a ranking matrix with the results of your
evaluating each neighborhood (or home) for these
criteria. A ranking matrix tabulates the rating you
assign to each subjective criterion and the results are
summarized for each neighborhood (or home). The
neighborhood with the best score or quality
of life index is the preferred
You can use this approach for
a best city search or a
best city work search.
If you are facing a move decision, then there is