When looking for the best place to live, whether you’re retiring, going to school or just simply looking for a fresh start — there are many things to consider. To help you make this important decision, here are some important factors to help you find a home that suits your needs.

Decide whether you want to live in a small or big city, or even a mix of both. The size of your city reflects your lifestyle: do you enjoy the urban scene or do you prefer the quiet, easy-going streets of a small town? Can you live in a small town that’s close to a larger city, still giving you access to the arts and cultural scene?

Weather and climate are definitely the most important factors for most when it comes time to choose the best place to live. Think about the kind of activities you enjoy doing and how much weather will affect those activities. Do you enjoy hot, cold or moderate year-round weather? Also, consider the amount of rain or snow you can withstand.

No matter what your salary is, living comfortably within your means should be your first concern. Information to access while considering your move should be cost for housing, food, entertainment, and transportation are all factors in your decision.

No one wants to live in a dangerous high-crime area, by researching crime rates and statistics for various areas, you can learn more about the safety of an area. Most larger urban areas have detailed crime reports, while smaller towns may only have general information. Either way, this is a good place to start.

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