Evaluating a City - what to look for before moving?
June 10, 2014 12:23 PM Subscribe
I'm visiting a new city for the first time with the idea that I might move there within the next year or two. What should I be sure to check out/consider to be sure I get the information I need to make a good decision? I've only moved for jobs, and have wound up in a city that stresses me out. How do I pick a better one?
posted by snaw to Travel & Transportation (15 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Some potentially helpful details: the city I'll be visiting is Seattle. No kids and no concerns about school districts and such. No concerns about the weather (I've spent a lot of time in Portland in the winter, so get the grey and rainy picture). I'm looking for help on principles for making a decision about whether a city is livable and meets my needs, more than specific info on Seattle (though that's welcome as well).
I've made a list of neighborhoods where I think I might like to live if I were to move. I'll visit those, explore and test out their walkability, amenities, and the quality of the public transit links between the neighborhoods and downtown. I've also made a list of things to do that are things I like to do on a regular basis (more like explore nice places to walk my dog, less visit the space needle - though I will check out some touristy stuff). I'll be visiting some family who live in the area too. And then, I'm stuck - what else should I see or do to help me make a decision about whether I'd like to move?
I value walkability, a good balance of density and green space, good vegan food options, no/very few 90+ degree summer days, and access to good professional job opportunities (in finance or data science and in public policy).