Where would I like to live?
Are you willing to or looking to relocate? Want to move to a new city or town or country? Wonder which one is best for you?
Check out these sites for essential information about USA and international cities:
- The Best Places to Live in America 1998
according to their 11th annual reader survey Money magazine’s site, here, not only has the top 300 cities but also a wonderful interactive feature called: “Find the best city for you.” You rank nine criteria by how important they are to you, and then their search engine will tell you which cities (or places) fit the criteria as you ranked them. You can specify how many cities you want, and they’ll give you the answers ranked and with data about the place, including a “cost of living comparator” (courtesy of homefair.com).
- The 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2011 Job growth, cultural attractions help push cities onto top 10 list.
Want to move primarily for the sake of finding a job, and you wonder where the unemployment is so low that finding a job should be a cinch? This site lists in a nice ‘table’ precisely which U.S. communities had the lowest (and highest) unemployment rates in a recent month. To get to the table: From the home page choose the section called Salaries & Profiles , and once there choose Career Indicators, once there scroll down and you should find the list. Do remember that low unemployment for the town doesn’t necessarily mean low unemployment in your field. Maybe they don’t even have your field in that town.
- USA City Link
Since 1994, this has been the internet’s most comprehensive listing of states and cities offering information on travel, tourism, and relocation. They offer detailed city guides as well as official and independent city and state websites.
- Housing Opportunity Index
Want to move primarily for the sake of cheaper housing and thus being able to live on a smaller budget? Here’s the latest quarterly survey of which areas in the U.S. have the least expensive housing (not to mention the most). Scroll down to the bottom of the page for further listings. (All dollar figures are in thousands, incidentally.)
- U.S. Gazetteer
This gazetteer is used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990, 2000 & 2010 Census Lookup server. You can search for places, counties or MCDs by entering the name and state abbreviation (optional), or 5-digit zip code.
- Best Places to Live
CNN/Money. America’s hottest towns. Search on housing costs, weather, and more for over 1,200 places.
- Sprawl City
US Census Population data. A website about consumption growth and population growth and their roles in the urban sprawl that destroys natural habitat and farmland around U.S. cities.
World-wide city guides to travel and relocation.