Everyone needs a fresh start from time to time. It could be the closing of a chapter like a new career, a change in relationship status, or just simply time to head out of the comfort of your home state. Research shows that the average person moves at least 11 times in their life. The majority of the moves, however, are within the same state and in the same city. But bigger moves occur less frequently and can be accompanied by a big life decision.
An analysis of the state of moving in the US determined the main reasons why people moved and just how many people were moving annually. According to the study, 14% of the population move domestically every year, with most moving due to the cost of living, or wanting to change states and live in different communities.
We thought we would take a look at some of the best places to move to in the US, what benefits the chosen towns have, their cost of living, the 5 main attractions and the pros and cons of the area.
This North American gem has hit the top of over four online lists of places to live in the US. Its rich history, vibrant music scene, great quality of life and booming job market make it an attractive place to settle down. It is home to a population of over two million people and is one of the quickest growing metropolises in the US.
The average salary of the average Austinite is around $51,000, which is the average of the state as well as the whole country. The property market is a bit higher than most of the more suburban towns in the state, which is expected for a larger metropolis, with average rent expected to be around $1,100 and a house costing $291,000 to buy.
Despite this, the cost of living is significantly lower than most of the coastal regions, and the city offers a plethora of activities for young and old alike. As mentioned, it has one of the largest music scenes in the US, and there are endless bars, outdoor spaces, clubs, and amphitheaters to take in the talent. One of the biggest downfalls of the city is firstly the traffic and the very little public transport. Secondly, summers have been described as scorching and uncomfortable, while the rest of the year is mild and pleasant.
Coming in the top five of several lists is this 2.7 million person strong city, located in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Known as the Mile High City, due to the fact that it sits exactly a mile above sea level, it hosts a variety of exciting attractions and things to do in and around the city.
It has a fairly young population, with 22% of the residents being between the ages of 10 and 35. Due to the significant boom in the population of Denver, the cost of living has shot up exponentially. Property prices are among some of the most expensive in the US, with houses selling at an average of $400,000 and rent over $1,100. Despite this, people are still flocking to the city, especially for the job market, which centers around Aerospace, Energy, Aviation and Telecommunication and Broadcasting.
The weather is described as temperamental, due to the locality of the city at the base of the mountains. It can go from sunny and dry to experiencing bursts of snow in under five minutes. Lastly, there are plenty of attractions and things to do in the city. It is a largely park-and-green-centered city, with a lot of outdoor space for jogging, cycling, and sports. Winter-time brings in the snow, which is ideal for snowboarding, skiing, and similar winter sports. The art scene is flourishing and there is a buzzing nightlife to take part in.
San Francisco, California
Let’s move to a coastal town for those who long to live near the vastness of the ocean. San Francisco is known for its iconic landmarks and interesting, alternative residents that live a boho life, on the western shores of the US. If a personified city is what you crave, San Francisco is it. The neighborhood’s ooze personality, it has an ever-growing art scene and is a foodies haven.
The cost of living is considerably higher than the more interior cities. Housing prices are very high, sitting at around $678,000 and $1,600 for rent. To balance this, however, the average salary is much higher than the rest of the country, and you could expect to earn an average of around $69,000. It is an entrepreneurial and tech hub, so if kicking off your own start-up or e-commerce empire is in your future, San Francisco could be your answer.
The weather is consistently good throughout the year, however, you will need to get used to the fog that seems to have a semi-permanent permit to hover in the city. The transportation system is efficient and functional and with endless things to do in and around the city, both indoors and outdoors, you wouldn’t be spoilt for choice. The only down-side to the city is that it is not the most ideal space to start a family. It is centered more on young professionals, so if starting a family is in your immediate future, you may have to look elsewhere.
Whether you are moving to the coast, to a small, landlocked town in the middle of the US, or to a heaving city with buzzing streets, it is vital to do thorough research on your future home. What does the city offer, does your career have a place in the town? Can you handle the weather and will you have enough to do in the city? Examining the cost of property and living is vital, to make sure you are not left out of money during the move. Luckily, however, there is something for everyone somewhere in the US, it might just take some research.