3 Things You Should Be Aware of When Moving to a City


The coronavirus pandemic has shifted life and how things are done for so many people. Among the changes was a major shift towards remote work. Because of that shift, many people who were tied to city locations have been free to move elsewhere. Not everyone is moving out though. Some people are moving in. If you’re one of them, there are some things you need to be aware of either before you move or shortly afterward.

What Public Transportation Is Like

One of the major differences between rural, or even suburban areas and big cities is the options you have for getting around. In less densely populated areas, public transportation systems tend to be less well developed, making a car often one of the better options for getting around. Check out the public transportation system in the city you’re moving to. If it’s a big city, like New York, that has a well-developed system and lots of traffic, you may be better off selling your car and utilizing public transportation.

What Essential Businesses and Services Are Close By

Ideally, one of the things at the top of your list to do once you’ve moved in is to figure out where everything is around you. Think about the businesses and services that you use on a regular basis. Hospitals, grocery stores, and local schools are often at the top of the list of places to find. Gyms, aestheticians, and healthcare providers may also be on your list. Of course, you could always do this ahead of time when you’re scouting out a place to move to so you already know how far you can expect to travel to access these different businesses and services. If you’ve already found a new job, figure out how far that is from your new home too. If you haven’t, finding a job after moving is probably on the top of your list of things to do. Consider the proximity to your home as you search. 

Where Dangerous Areas Are

The fact of the matter is that there are less savory parts of town no matter where you go. No place has a halo over it, nor should you expect it to. It’s important to figure out where the less safe areas of your city are and the hazards they present. For instance, if you have a car, knowing which intersections are the deadliest is important. If your new home has a relatively high rate of break-ins, you might want to consider investing in a security system for your new home. You should be able to find crime rates and statistics for your area online.

Moving to any city can be a major transition. Each one has its own personality and unique aspects that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with. The local public transportation system, the location of essential businesses and services, and what areas are less safe are just a few examples of things you need to know either before or shortly after you move. As you learn more about your new city, you’ll figure out how to best incorporate yourself into it so you can enjoy this new chapter of your life.

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