Indio, CA -> Springfield, Il -> Rock Island, Il, -> Springfield, IL ->Chicago, Il -> Foster City, CA -> Portland, OR -> Ashland, OR – > Grants Pass, OR -> Phoenix, OR -> Ashland, OR -> Phoenix, AZ -> Medford, OR
You might say I know my way around a move!
This “expert” in moving has learned some things along the way. Whether you long to get a new change of scenery, you have a job transfer, or you want to move closer to your friends/family……. there are many things to look for in your new town.
The first thought, if you want kids or have them, is to look at the schools in the new area. Price, weather, and employment are also givens when looking to move.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s get to additional considerations ~
5 Things to Look for When Moving to a New Community
Libraries, public transportation, parks, etc. These are an indicator that the city/town, and those living in it, are invested in it. Whether you use all of the services or not, it does provide benefit to the entire community.
Visit the cities website, there should be information about the community there. You can also “google” images that haven’t been “doctored” to get a real look.
Do you eat out a lot? What about activities, diversity, religious community, hobbies, etc? Explore what this city has in relation to your lifestyle.
A crime rate will tell you were crime is at right now. The police force, can be an indicator of future crime rates.
Is it fully staffed or are they in need of officers? Are the officers working overtime (short staffed)? Do the police respond, in person, to calls? Looking at some of this will provide an idea of what the crime future may hold for this town. Also, what is the priority for the force? Do they have a particular crime they are working on fighting? All this information can give you an idea of what is happening, in and around the city.
This is not for a certain age here! Let’s face it, we never know when we will need it so it’s helpful to have a strong health care system.
Recently, I was invited to tour our partner, Providence Healthcare,
Funny story – This is the same hospital our oldest was born at….which was an AMAZING experience!! When we moved away and came back after 15 years, it was funny to live within minutes of this hospital, and for The Mister to work across the street from it….full circle moment!
……for a tour of a modern robotic arm to do partial knee and full hip replacements, MAKOTM . This revolutionary technology provides a personalized surgical plan based on one’s unique anatomy. Having this kind of technology shortens hospital stays and provides better quality of life.
The only hospital in Oregon that provides this minimally invasive treatment, is in our town. Having technological advances like MAKOTM , shows our medical care is top notch.
Not public transportation as talked about in community services, rather how easy is it for people to come and visit you or for you to travel? One time my father talked about living in a small town that had an airport 3 hours away. Not ideal for those who would come to see him (well maybe that was the point..hahahaha).
Above all, no community is perfect. You will have some positives and negatives to EVERY place you live. Try to make the best decision, with the information you have, and then make the most of it!