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In Sam Mendes’ comedy Away We Go, Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) decide that if they are going to be parents––and they are––then they should start acting like grown ups and find a real place to live. For the rest of the film, the two visit friends and family in different cities to figure out where they should put down roots.

In real life, we have the Internet. If you want to relocate, there are sites to tell you where to go. If you know you are moving, there are sites to giving you the where, how, and even why of finding a new life.

Where Should You Live?

Given the web’s new mania for quizzes, it’s no wonder that there exists a range of quizzes each calibrated to reveal the proper city for you. Think of it as internet dating, except in this case you’re looking for a nice, sexy city to settle down in. But not all quizzes lead to the same to same town.

What City Suits You Best provides a series of questions (and most annoyingly, a series of ads and data gathering questionnaires) before delivering you to your dream city. In my case, that was San Francisco: “You’re laid-back, environmentally friendly, and most people would call you a hippie if you weren’t on the Internet all day long.”

Find Your Spot has been around since 1997, with the numbers to prove it. They claim, “this year over 1.1 million people will finish our quiz and find their Spot!” The exam provides a pretty thorough and straightforward filtering process, with questions about income, weather, age, hobbies, etc. Here both Portland, OR and Albuquerque, NM were cities I should put on my map.

From BrainFall, a quiz happy site, comes What City Should You Live In?. This site takes a less than orthodox approach for sizing you up. Question # 7 asked, “When you go out to a party, what do you put on to cover your rear?––a) Shorts or sweatpants; b) Slacks or a dress; c) Who has time to go out to parties these days?; d) Skinny jeans; or e) Doesn’t matter–it will be coming off by the end of the night.” According to this site, I should pack my bags for Paris.

Sperling’s Best Places takes a no-nonsense approach with a calculated sifting of priorities to arrive at the answer. The site is generally a showcase for computer programmer Bert Sperling, who has been creating programs to analyze data for a number of media outlets. He points me to either San Francisco or Boston.

Another straight-laced test comes from the money management company Kiplinger. Unfortunately as part of Ten Best Places to Live, Work and Play segment, the answers to the quiz are restricted to those cities. As such, I would end up in Des Moines––which by the way is number 9 on the list––if I were to follow their advice.

The Real Cost of Living Elsewhere

Once you’ve learned where you should live, don’t you want an idea what it’s going to be like. Will you be better off? Worse off? Or possibly murdered? A range of sites provide Cost-of-Living calculators that crunch your numbers to give you a sense of what you can expect to make and spend. Money at CNN not only calculates a comparable salary, but also breaks down the financial changes to groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare. Homefair’s Cost-of-Living Wizard tells you how much have to lose or gain by moving by calculating the percentage difference in both salary and expenses. If I were to move to Albuquerque from New York City, for example, I would end up with almost 25% more disposable income. In San Francisco, however, I would just about break even.

Of course, it’s hard to put a price tag on some things, like, for example, personal safety. But Area Connect gives you a few numbers to throw around by comparing crime rates in 8,213 cities. According to the site, I might have more money in Albuquerque, but I’m also four times more likely to get it stolen, and three times more likely to get assaulted along the way. Yikes.

Away We Go chronicles a couple trying to find their place in the world. At home, you can just use the Internet.


The 6 Best Sites That Help You Find the Best Places to Live

How can you find out the best city for you? These websites round up the best places around the world to help you find your spot.

The process of moving is hard enough. When you’re trying to decide where to transplant your entire life, it gets even more chaotic.

How can you find out the best city for you? You’ll need to consider safety, finances, and job prospects. Luckily, these websites round up the best cities and towns around the world to help you find your spot.

1. Niche

Niche is a great way to find ratings and reviews for towns, school districts, colleges, and neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the site only works for locations in the United States.

This site offers a variety of ways to find the perfect place to live. To search for a certain town or neighborhood, head to the two search bars at the top of the screen. In the search bar that starts with Find, enter what you’re looking for. You can then type in the town or state in the search bar that starts with In.

Once you start your search, Niche will display the best places to live in a specific location. Each town and neighborhood receive a grade, the worst being F and the best being A+. Niche compiles tons of data to rate these towns—it provides you with an overall grade, as well as separate grades for schools, housing, safety, diversity, nightlife, and more.

2. Livability

In addition to giving you an in-depth profile of cities around the United States, Livability also gives you basic statistics. Scroll down the page, and you’ll see a breakdown of the city’s population, as well as charts relating to race, gender, language, economics, and commute types.

To find out even more about a city, you can click one of the categories under Topics in the left sidebar. Here, you’ll find articles about things to do and photos of the city. You can also view information about the real estate market, work environment, schools, and health systems.

If you have no idea how to find a place to live, you can use Livability’s database of helpful articles about different cities and states to get you started.

3. AreaVibes

AreaVibes ranks cities from one to 100, with 100 as the best score a place can get. It uses an algorithm that takes the cost of living, crime rate, work opportunities, weather, real estate, and education into account to create an overall score.

The site houses over 35,000 rankings for cities and neighborhoods in the United States. To get started, type in a specific address, state, city, or neighborhood in the search bar on the home page. AreaVibes will pull up your town, along with nearby towns that have a high score.

Once you click on the town you’re considering, you’ll see an overall score and grades on a variety of subcategories. Scroll down the page to find houses for sale, as well as detailed information about expenses, income, crime, and education quality.

4. Teleport

If you’re wondering “How can I find my spot to live if I’m searching for places outside of the United States?” Don’t worry—Teleport is the site for you.

To begin your search, click the Start Exploring button on the home page. Teleport will then ask you a series of questions about your preferences and current lifestyle. After entering your job status, budget, current income, and other information, Teleport will compile a list of the best cities for you to live.

All the cities should fit into your budget and have the exact qualities you’re looking for. Click on each city for even more detailed information—Teleport displays a summary of the city, quality of life scores, a cost of living chart, job salary calculator, as well as some flaws. In other words, it’s a great tool to find your spot to live or travel!

When you are stuck at a travel decision, use these easy travel planning apps to find your next destination.

5. BestPlaces

On BestPlaces, you can find data about a city by performing a quick search. Just type in the name of a city or town, and you’ll see data about the area’s weather, cost of living, population, transportation, schools, and housing. At the bottom of the page, residents express their opinion and provide ratings.

Perhaps the most helpful part about BestPlaces is its Cost of Living Calculator. With this tool, you can compare the cost of living in your current city to the city you’re considering moving to. While the premium version of the site allows you to view renting cost comparisons, you can also compare rent rates on Rentometer.

6. HomeSnacks

HomeSnacks uses information from OpenStreetMaps, the Census, and the FBI to create lists of some of the best cities to live in the United States. To find the state you want to move to, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on a state under the USA Cities by State heading. Selecting a state will lead you to a list of its biggest cities.

On the right side of the screen, you’ll see a menu with articles relating to the state. The site has lists of the state’s best places, most expensive places, and cheapest places to live. Most importantly, it also has a list of the most dangerous cities (and the safest)—that way, you won’t have to worry about self-defense and personal safety when you’re alone.

When viewing one of the lists, you just might find a town you like. You can click on the town to view more data. The site displays the town’s rating (called SnackAbility) in various categories. HomeSnacks ranks towns based on housing, safety, education, amenities, commute, jobs, and affordability. You’ll also see some statistics on the town’s population as well.

Find Your Ideal Spot to Live

Are you ready to uproot and start over in a new area? The above websites will definitely help you discover the perfect place for you to go. Whether you’re looking to move to a bustling city or small, rural town, the above websites have the data you need to make an informed decision.

Once you find your spot to live, you need to start looking for an apartment. These apartment finder websites can make your search much easier.

You need specialized search engines to find legal torrents, foreclosed houses, public records, and even UFOs. Enter the dark web.

Emma is a Senior Writer and Junior Editor for the Internet and Creative sections. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and combines her love of technology with writing.

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