While it’s true as Dads we can’t run away from all our problems, moving can be the answer to some of them. Of course, it’s not going to magically solve every issue that we’re facing, but it can help. In America, it’s rather commonplace. According to a 2013 Gallup Survey, one in four American adults move every five years, more than any other country in the world.
The popular stats blog, FiveThirtyEight, reports that the average American moves 11.4 times during their lifetime, so if you’re contemplating whether or not to move, perhaps it will bring some comfort simply knowing you’re far from being alone.
But which problems can moving potentially solve?
One of the primary reasons people move to a new city or state is because they’re looking to enjoy a higher quality of life for a lower cost. While many people move to California to take a new job, enjoy a more pleasant climate or live by the beach, for example, more people are actually leaving rather than arriving. The state had nearly 143,000 more residents move out to live in other states than it had move in, according to U.S. Census Bureau analysis released in November 2017.
Taking a quick look through the Jacksonville homes for sale in Florida is an easy way to understand the potential. Residents here can enjoy great weather, beautiful beaches and much lower real estate costs. A move from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, for example, could possibly allow one to save hundreds of thousands of dollars, certainly solving at least some financial problems.
One of the major reasons for this migration is rising home prices. Now, there are reasons to move to a new home or you can choose to refinance with a hard money lender. Affordable housing is becoming more difficult to come by so do your research.
Cutting Commute Times
If you have a long, tough commute it can be incredibly draining, not to mention taking up precious time that you could be spending with your family or doing something else that you enjoy. The average American is said to have a commute time of 26 minutes each way, to and from work. New York City workers have it the toughest, with an average 39 minutes each way, as the Business Insider reports. That’s 78 minutes every day, 390 minutes a week and a whopping 20,280 minutes a year, assuming a 5-day work week.
Moving to be closer to work or moving to an area where you can live and work in the same city, may be a smart choice, taking out a major chunk of that commute time to improve the quality of your life. Of course, it will also help you financial by saving on fuel costs too.
Leaving Trauma Behind
If a traumatic event occurs and there are constant reminders of it around every corner, it can be difficult to joyfully navigate through life. The sight of a particular building, the smell of a certain area, or even the sounds of a train may be bringing up rather painful memories that can cause one to become trapped by them. In many cases, moving to a new city may bring relief, allowing you to live more positively again.
Of course, if you’re living in a region where there are few good job options available, it may also make sense to move to a new city or state for better career opportunities. Just be sure that the salaries being offered are commensurate to the cost of living in the area.
Bigger cities have the benefit of a larger population, which usually means more businesses, more jobs, and often higher paying jobs too. If you’re lacking employment or in a dead end job, moving may certainly resolve that issue.
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