The average person living in America will move 11 times in their lifetime. That may seem like a lot to some, while others probably experience that much in a few years. We all have our different reasons for moving, but most of us long for a good anchor.
Whether you are looking for something completely opposite from where you are now, or a move within Wisconsin with better opportunities, we can help with deciding where to live next. Start planning your move now and have everything you need to go where you want.
Here are six factors you need to consider for a move.
1. Climate Change
Living up north, climate change becomes more than just a concern about rising temperatures. The hotter it gets, the wetter it becomes, which results in unpredictable rain and snowfall. If you can’t imagine living in a place that regularly sees 90-100 degree days, then you should stay put.
A drastic change in climate means getting a whole new wardrobe and heating/cooling habits. The hidden costs of moving to a different climate could mean the difference of $100s in utility bills.
2. Big City or Small Town
Are you looking for a place with a change in population density? The saying “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” holds true. When you live in a small town your whole life, the energy of a big city can seduce you into wanting more.
Living in a big city is much different than visiting or staying a few nights. The same for moving into a small town. You may crave peace and quiet, but would you give up the close proximity to major stores, venues, and government buildings?
3. Culture and Lifestyle
Continuing on the theme of the big city, small-town life, are you ready for a culture shift? Consider possible shifts in diversity when choosing where to live. The neighborhood population may feel very foreign to you.
Some neighborhoods may also lack the sense of community or events that you’re used to attending. There are neighborhoods in Wisconsin that are great for those who enjoy solitude, while others are more active and closely-nit.
Consider how you get around in your current city. Is public transportation good where you live? Do you consider your neighborhood “walkable”?
Do you value having choices in schools and clinics nearby? We often take these basic types of infrastructure for granted in modern cities. Those without adequate infrastructure live in food deserts and have to travel miles to access government services.
Crime is inescapable, but the last thing you want to do is move into a neighborhood with a dark secret. Whether you’re moving to the suburbs or an apartment complex, do your research on recent crime trends.
6. Employment Opportunities
The job market from one neighborhood to another can vary greatly. In one zip code, you may find plenty of low-skill jobs, but barely any managerial or experienced positions. Research job growth along with current employment opportunities in your industry.
Don’t forget to factor in the commute when looking at wages.
Extra Resources for Deciding Where to Live
As you can see, there’s a lot of homework involved with deciding where to live. Never rush into a move based on company incentives alone. Always have a backup plan and savings just in case things don’t work out.
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