One of the best perks about being a freelancer is having the ability to be location independent. I haven’t reached this level of success yet, because I still operate a local contracting business with my hubby. But being location independent is definitely on my bucket list.
Picking your perfect location to live or raise a family is a very personal decision. It depends on many factors and individual preferences like amenities, weather, schools, jobs, and affordable housing. We’re still researching and narrowing down exactly where we want to be. If you’re ready to move, here are 9 websites that will help you find your best place to live.
Overall Area Information
1. Area Vibes
Every time I’m on here, I’ve a tendency to spend way too much time
playing looking around. This site gives your location a score based on seven factors that include amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing, and weather. It also gives you the scores and locations of nearby places to the one you entered. Area Vibes makes it easier to see if the place you’ve been dreaming about is a good fit for your needs and wants.
This website gives you population, average income, and average housing prices. It also provides more statistics on education levels, health, and real estate.
City-data forum is my favorite place to find detailed information on areas that I’m interested in. Here you’ll find people making recommendations on specific neighborhoods, schools, and more. If you wish to be a part of the conversation, it’s free to join.
Great Schools provides ratings for elementary, middle, and high schools. I think the most valuable information comes from the reviews of parents and students.
You’ll find rankings on high schools and colleges here. For those looking at high schools, they include national and state rankings. They also have information on student-teacher ratios, math and reading proficiency, as well as college readiness scores. For college seekers, you can find tuition information, acceptance statistics, and information on student and academic life.
Zillow is easy to navigate, and you can quickly narrow down your housing search by price, size, and more concrete criteria. When checking out a house, Zillow gives you the tax information, nearby school ratings, and birdseye views. These features make it helpful in determining your housing expenses, and they give you an idea of what the neighborhoods look like.
Find information on hospitals, doctors, and health insurance plans here. Search by location and specialty or just look for the best hospitals in your area. The doctor finder will let you search by specialty and area or name. Then it gives you information on their hospital affiliations, certifications, and insurances that they accept.
Use this site to get in-depth information and reviews on local doctors. You can search by specialty and location and even health insurance plans. Refine your search by distance, patient reviews, hospital affiliation, and years of experience. This refinement allows you to choose what’s important for you and get the best match. I love this feature because I’ll travel a long distance to get a doctor that has been voted patient’s choice or most compassionate, and it’s easy for me to narrow it down.
Castle Connolly Top Doctors identifies top physicians and allows you to search by specialty and location. To get the full information on the doctors you’ll have to pay to become a member of their program. Changing doctors is one of the scariest parts of moving for me, because I feel like I’ve finally found great doctors for my whole family. I’m a member of this site and take comfort in their process to determine top doctors.
Moving can be a scary and stressful time. It can also be exciting to pick a place to move and plan your journey. I hope the amount of helpful information available on these sites can help make the moving process easier for you.
What are some websites you have used to help you on your last move?
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