Moving? How to research your new city

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Moving to a new place can be exciting and scary all at the same time. We’ll help you ease into your transition by teaching you how to research your new city!

  1.  School Smarts

When you narrow down what area you’re going to live in, find the best part of town by researching public school ratings on GreatSchools. Yes, even if you don’t have kids. The rating of your zone’s public school is a good indicator of the health of the community.

  • Listen In

Although you can find a lot online, talking to people directly and listening in on neighborhood discussions is the best way to find out the gritty details of day-to-day life in your new space! When you’re talking with your realtor, visiting the area and stopping at a restaurant, or contacting local places start a different type of conversation. Most people love to talk about their own experiences, so take the leap and just ask “What is it like living here?” or “What do you like about this neighborhood?” because you never know what local insight may tell you. You can also get some great inside scoop by using the neighborhood social networking site NextDoor.

  • Tag, You’re it!

Finding your new favorite spot in a new town can take some time. See the places that other people like to hang out with by checking out photos tagged in your city on Facebook or Instagram! Who knows, you may find a cool mural or hot new bar that you may have never found on your own. Yelp can also give you great reviews on new places to go to, and don’t forget to give your own review when you’re done!

  • Finding Your Tribe

Once you move in, you may feel lonely. With all new surroundings, this is totally normal. But don’t hesitate to put yourself out there and find groups of people who you may connect with. What do you like to do? Yoga? Hang out with other parents? Connect over a common fandom? Practice a faith tradition? There are groups for that! Find them by searching local Facebook groups, activities, community events or centers. Your people are out there, you just have to take the first step to finding them.

This new place is a new start for you! Start it off on the right foot, equipped with all the information you can find.

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