Saturday 24 June 2006
I’ve been researching places where I’d best like to live next. Don’t know if anyone else is thinking of same, but here are some of my findings.
I’m so excited because I get to use a table, a real live true table, in this post! TWO in fact, because I’m just that thrilled (seriously).
Here is a comparison chart of what my research results show so far, first by U.S. findings:
|U.S. East Coast Cluster (NJ, NY, MD, DC, VA) USA||Culturally, I’m a good fit since I grew up in New Jersey, but I did once say I never wanted to live there again. I could change my mind||Some very good friends and family members in this area||Surprisingly more affordable than I realized|
|San Francisco, CA USA||My favorite city in the world (so far)||Phenomenal friendship network||Extremely expensive, high stress potential|
|San Jose (and South Bay Cities), CA USA||Really dislike the area. Strip malls and cars.||Very good social / work resources and good social network||Extremely expensive|
|Santa Fe, NM USA||Beautiful, stunning, progressive, artistic location with great climate, but little water||Good potential social network||Medium expensive. Outlying areas are less expensive, but also with less services|
|Tucson, AZ USA||Beautiful location, already own home and business here||Limited social support, bad economy||Very affordable|
And now by U.K. findings:
|London, UK||Vibrant, productive scene, one of the world’s truly amazing cities||Lots of friends, socialized medicine||Damned expensive|
|Newcastle, UK||Lively and growing cultural scene, unique beauty, oh but lord it can get cold||Lots of friends, socialized medicine||Medium expensive, it could work|
What do you think? How about you, looking to go other places, and if so where and why?