Where is the best place in the world to live? More importantly, where is the best place for you. Different things are important to different people. Are you a cold or warm climate person? Do you like the mountains or the sea? What about other considerations like cost of living and job opportunities? Here is a guide to help you narrow your search to the one BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD!
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1. Do You Prefer a Big City or a Small Town?
Does the city you're considering have small neighborhoods that can offer a small-town feel? Can you live in a small town that's close to a larger city, still giving you access to the arts and cultural scene?
To find out which city or town is best for you check out an article on city comparison tools. Also read the article, How to Compare Cities for information on everything you need to know about finding the right place for you.
2. What Kind of Weather/Climate Do You Prefer?
When deciding where to live, think about the kind of activities you enjoy and how much weather will affect those activities. Are you a hot weather person, cold weather person or do you like a moderate, year-round spring-like climate? What about the amount of rain or snow you can withstand? Can you tolerate weeks of heat with no rain?
All these questions will help determine your perfect climate - year-round.
3. Culture, Entertainment and Lifestyle Options
While we may not always take advantage of the opportunities that our city or town provides, it's always better to have the option of doing things than no option at all. And to research your options, I recommend spending some time in your local bookstore, perusing the travel guides/city guides, and doing some online surfing. Most cities have their own website and local online newspapers will list activities and cultural events.
For cities in the US, check out our About Guides to Cities & Towns . They have the resources you need to find out what's going on across the country.
4. Where's the Best Place to Find a Job?
Whatever your profession, learn more about your options from the About Guides to Jobs & Careers.
5. What About Good Schools, Transportation and Medical Services?
Check out these links to information on infrastructure:
6. Is Outdoor Life Important to You?
7. How Safe Will You Be?
To get started, check out the top five most dangerous cities in the US.
Research the Internet: Using a search engine like Google or Yahoo or MSN, type in the name of the city and "crime statistics by neighborhood". Identify the risk of personal and property crimes for a location. This should generate some information, depending on the size of the city. Most larger urban areas have detailed crime reports, while smaller towns may only have general information. Either way, this is a good place to start. Contact the Local Police Department: The police department will provide details about a particular area. This is probably your best source for information on crime and safety. Most police stations will also provide details on how active the community is, if they are involved in crime prevention or community policing.
8. What About the Political Climate?
9. What About Cost of Living?
Check out the Top 10 Most Expenses Places to Move to before you decide where you might want to live.
10. Don't Forget Your Spiritual Life
I suggest searching online for temples, churches, mosques and spiritual centers in town or city you're thinking of moving to. Look for community-strong areas, including activities and events that will support your spiritual growth.