Where Should I Live?

Where Should You Live?

Whether you are at a cross roads in your life or merely considering a change, deciding where you want to live is often one of the hardest parts of finding a place.

How you decide where you want to live often changes as you enter new phases of your life. When I was applying to college, I had two main criteria: the school must be further than 4 hours away from my parents, but close enough that my friends were an easy drive away. So, I found a nice school in the Midwest. Then, upon graduating from said nice school in the Midwest, I made my triumphant return to the HotPads headquarters, back in my old stomping grounds.

However, there is a recurring theme among my college friends: they are finding themselves back in their hometowns with fewer and fewer friends remaining. They are looking for a change of scenery, a new beginning, and a fresh start. Oh, and a great/exciting/interesting/well-paying job and a fantastic apartment there, of course.

But, before you can find a job or an apartment in that great place you want to be, you have to decide where you would actually like to be. That's pretty scary: You have the entire world in front of you... you can go anywhere in the world. So, where should you go?.

There are various factors to consider when deciding where you want to live. For instance,

* Do you want to live in a major metropolitan area or a smaller town?
* Do you like snow-covered mountains and great skiing or a warm climate near a beach?
* Do you want to be surrounded by nightlife or nature?

Now, if you are interested in finding some recommendations based on your interests and preferences, check out the FindYourSpot Quiz. They take you through a variety of questions in numerous categories and then offer some great suggestions of places to live for you to consider.

Furthermore, if you are concerned about the Cost-of-Living in different areas of the country, check out how to compare the cost-of-living between 2 cities.