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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.   

Why we move:

  • New job opportunities or promotions are one of the primary reasons for moving.
  • Sometimes people move just to stay employed with their existing employer.
  • Family and sometime friend issues may cause a move. 
  • Quality of life issues may also cause a move. 



You 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 planning.  Much 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.

 Table 1.  Sample screening criteria for a new residency.

  House Type
  Housing Budget
  Transportation Costs
  City or Metro Averages
  Neighborhood or Precinct Averages
  District Statistics
  Individual School Statistics
  Age Statistics
  Children per Household
  Marital Status

 This objective screening criteria should narrow your neighborhood (or home) choices to a manageable number. 



After you have applied your objective screening criteria and narrowed the choices, you can use your subjective criteria for a final selection.  Three subjective 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?

 You can 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 choice. 

  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 help.


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