Factors That Go into Picking a New Neighborhood to Live In

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Deciding to move may be one of the hardest life choices you'll have to make. Once you come to a conclusion about moving, you'll have many more tough choices ahead of you. One of these difficult decisions is sure to be picking a new neighborhood to live in.

Finding a new location can certainly be difficult. To help sort out your options, here are several things to keep in mind when searching for that perfect new neighborhood.

Safety

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when choosing a new neighborhood is safety. You'll definitely want to know about the crime rate in the area. Though there is no way to completely reduce the chance of being the victim of a crime, you can at least minimize this risk by choosing to live in a location with a low crime rate. You should also find out if there are any registered sex offenders in your desired area by checking the U.S. Department of Justice's website. Knowing these facts and statistics in advance can help you be more confident and feel safe when you move to an unfamiliar neighborhood.

Education

If you have school-aged children, you should look at the quality of the school system of any neighborhood you are considering. There are several websites that can provide you with test scores and other important information about any school in the country. You could also go to the individual school districts' websites to see what they offer, or you could contact members of the school board or faculty to gather additional information about the schools in your potential neighborhoods.

Amenities

Another important aspect to consider when choosing a new neighborhood is what facilities are within the area or close by. You'll want to know the locations of such things as doctors' offices, hospitals, schools, banks, and supermarkets. Once you have located these important amenities in your potential new neighborhood, you can think about any other facilities you might need.

Distance and Location

You should also consider how far away your potential neighborhood will be from your workplace. While you may have a longer commute if you were to live in a certain area, that neighborhood may be closer to your friends or family. Since the neighborhood immediately surrounding your workplace might not be the nicest neighborhood, you might want to trade off a longer commute for a better neighborhood.

Public Transportation

If you depend on public transportation to get around, the availability of these services should be another important factor in selecting your new neighborhood. Find out if there are bus stops or train stations in your potential neighborhoods. Also, look into the stops and schedules that the bus or train will make, and determine whether these schedules will meet your needs.

Property Values

Each neighborhood will have its own unique set of property values; the nicer the neighborhood, the higher the property value. This is certainly an important aspect to look into for any location you consider. For example, you'll want to know what the current value is as well as any future developments in the neighborhood that could affect its property value in the long run.

Cost of Living

You should also be aware of the cost of living of your desired neighborhoods. You'll want to compare the cost of living in your current location to that of any potential new neighborhood. If the cost of living is too high in one neighborhood, you could always consider another area. To help you determine the cost of living of any town, you can use one of several websites offering cost-of-living calculators, such as this one courtesy of http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/moving-cost-of-living-calculator.aspx, which can help you select the neighborhood that best meets your financial needs.

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on August 27, 2009

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