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II. Where to Go

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[Part I: Relocation Advice]
[Part III: How to Get There]

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Best Places to Live & Work

•  Money.com: Best Places to Live 2000
Money Magazine sifted through demographic and U.S. Census data to see how the 300 biggest U.S. metropolitan areas stack up in 46 different areas. Use their exclusive screening tool to find your best place.

•  Money.com: Best Places to Retire
Features the five winning cities plus a "Find Your Best Place Calculator," which allows you to search a database of nearly 500 cities and towns using up to 124 criteria.

•  FindYourSpot.com
Take the online quiz and FindYourSpot will choose from among the best cities and towns in America to instantly match you with places that fit your preferences for climate, arts and culture, recreation, education, cost of living, and other factors. Free registration required to receive results, which include interesting and informative reports about each location.

•  BestPlaces.net
Features Find Your Best Place, a powerful tool that lets you describe and find your ideal place to live. Also includes 1,000 city profiles.

•  Forbes/Milken Institute Best Places for Business and Career
Ranks 200 metro areas based on growth in jobs and earned income, plus a measure of activity in critical technologies that foster future growth.  Also see Forbes Best Small Places in America. (Free registration may be required.)

•  Employment Review: Best Places to Live and Work
Information on 20 cities that have incredible employment potential, a top-notch quality of life, outstanding educational standards as well as opportunities for companies interested in relocating.

•  Homefair.com: The Lifestyle Optimizer
Use this search tool to create a list of the 10 best cities for you to live, by selecting one characteristic to rank cities and then by restricting the search to cities with certain demographic, economic or climate conditions.

•  PC World: Best Places (for Telecommuters) to Live and Work
The easiest commute of all is from your bedroom to your home office. PC World and Money Magazine rank 300 U.S. cities for working at home.

•  ING: 125 Best Places to Earn and Save Money
Overall measure by major metropolitan area of the general financial security of residents in a specific area compared to other large metropolitan areas in the

•  CNNfn: Best Cities for Your Money
You know saving is a good thing; you'd like to do more. But where?

•  Realty Times: The Best Cities for Young People
These 30 North American cities were chosen as the top places for people in their 20s and 30s to live. A wide range of criteria was used, from job opportunities to restaurants and entertainment and more.

•  inc.com: Hot Zones
The best cities in America for starting and growing a business.

•  Entrepreneur Magazine: Hot Cities
Smart moves for entrepreneurs on a quest to find the perfect location.

•  choosetocruise.com: The Best Small Towns in America
Twenty-five of the best places to live in the U.S.

•  Relocate-America.com: Top 100 Places to Live
One hundred of America's top small towns.

•  Demographics Daily: Dreamtowns
Recent study designated 141 places as "dreamtowns," defined as cities with populations of 10,000 to 50,000 that offer an outstanding quality of life. (Profiles of the top five dreamtowns and the list of all dreamtowns are at the bottom of this story; free registration required to view.)

•  Modern Maturity: The 50 Most Alive Places to Live
New retirees expect to have more choices of what to do -- and where to do it -- than any generation before them, not to mention many more years to enjoy those choices. That's why Modern Maturity set out to find the towns and
cities in the United States best suited to this new style of retiring. Also see the article introduction.

•  National Civic League: All-America City Award
Each year, only ten cities are selected as All-America City winners. These communities exemplify the true American spirit at work. Their citizens are actively committed to ensuring that their community is a safe, nurturing place to live.

•  Utne: America's 10 Most Enlightened Towns
Towns that are making a special effort to foster connectedness and contentment among all the people who live in them.

•  Outside Online: North America's Dream Towns, 1999
There's no place like home, but when the same-old same-old doesn't quite cut it
anymore, home is the place you must go find.

•  Ladies' Home Journal: The Best Cities for Women 2001
America's biggest cities were rated based on where they stand right now -- and on where they'll be in the future. Will today's best places to live still make the grade in 2020? With the qualities most important to women in mind, LHJ put America’s two hundred biggest cities to the test.

Institute for Women's Policy Research: The Status of Women in the
   States 2000

Every two years, IWPR gathers information from federal government agencies and other sources to rank states on how women fare -- in politics, employment and earnings, economic independence and security, reproductive rights, and health.

•  Redbook: The 10 best cities for working mothers
So you think you can't have it all -- clean air, safe streets, great places to work and play? Check out these 10 great cities, where the living is easy -- even for
working mothers.

•  Location Guides: Top 10 List
Twice a year, Location Guides grades the 207 largest metropolitan areas in 10 categories. Here are their top 10 choices for 1999.

•  Child Magazine: The 10 Best Cities for Families
Child surveyed over 100 cities, looking at everything from pediatric health
centers to housing costs, air quality to student-teacher ratios.

•  Morgan Quitno Press: Most Livable State 2000
This award is based on statistical indicators that reflect the kind of lifestyle that most Americans agree is positive -- affordable housing, safe streets, good employment opportunities, a strong education system and a healthy state economy.

•  Morgan Quitno Press: Healthiest State 2000
The Healthiest State Award is based on 21 health-related factors including infant mortality rates, the percent of population not covered by health insurance, per capita expenditures for health care, childhood immunization rates, and percent of adults who smoke.

•  Reader's Digest World: Best Places to Raise a Family
Reader's Digest polled parents across the country about factors affecting family life, then combined those results with statistical and demographic portraits of 301 metropolitan areas to find the 50 best places to raise a family.

•  Children's Rights Council: The Best States to Raise a Child
All 50 states and the District of Columbia were categorically measured and then ranked in relation to each other based on 10 different criteria.

•  ZPG: Kid-Friendly Cities Report Card
Presents the best available data on the social, economic, educational and physical environment in our cities -- exactly where our children live, grow, learn and play.

•  Morgan Quitno Press: America's Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities
Award is based on a city’s rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

•  Morgan Quitno Press: Most Dangerous & Safest States Awards
Rankings are based on six basic crime factors.

•  William M. Mercer: Worldwide Quality of Life Survey 2000
This analysis was based on an evaluation of 39 quality-of-living criteria. These included political, economic, social, and environmental factors, together with personal safety, health, education, entertainment, transport, and other public services. Only the top 50 cities of the 215 surveyed are listed here.

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Community Research

•  Welcome Wagon: Choosing a community -- what to look for
A few suggestions for choosing your new neighborhood wisely.

•  U.S. Census Bureau: American FactFinder
Incredibly detailed information including community profiles, population and housing facts, industry and business facts, and maps.

•  FedStats: MapStats
Statistical reports for every state and county. The U.S. Census Bureau offers a similar resource. State rankings in 24 statistical categories also available.

  HUD: State of the Cities 2000
Provides the latest data on 114 selected cities released as part of the State of the Cities 2000. It contains selected items from the SOCDS Historical Census, Current Employment Statistics for City Residents, and County Business Patterns Special Extracts databases. It also contains data from HUD analysis of high tech jobs in cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas. For stats at a glance, see the more concise State of the Cities 2000 Fast-Look.

•  Development Alliance: Community Demographics
Nearly 150 demographics variables for every state, county and most major
metropolitan areas in the United States are just a click away.

•  Bizjournals.com: Demographics Daily: Economic Ratings -- Metro
Ratings are based on a formula that encompasses population, income and employment trends in 224 metropolitan areas; updated monthly. (Free registration required.)

•  The Metropolitan New Economy Index
Report uses a set of 16 economic indicators to assess the 50 largest
metropolitan areas' progress as they adapt to the new economic order.

•  bankrate.com: State Profiles
Includes practical info on state taxes and fees, auto regulations and voter registration, plus fun facts on each state.

•  EPIC HomeFinder: Community Profiles
Community Profiles provide a snapshot of a community. They are one or two pages long so you can print them and compare any number of towns on an "apples to apples" basis. Detailed info on almost 40,000 U.S. communities.

•  American Community Network
Massive, interactive database with 175 data elements on every county and MSA in the United States. Free registration is required.

•  American Relocation Network: Relocation Guide
Order a relocation pack for or get information on any of several hundred U.S. cities.

•  Homefair.com: City Reports
Side-by-side comparison of two cities' cost of living, climate, demographics, and other vital information, from a database that is kept current with quarterly updates.

•  Homefair.com: The Community Calculator
Use The Community Calculator to identify neighborhoods in other communities in the United States with lifestyles that match yours.

•  Homefair.com: Community Close-ups
Use the Community Close-up tool to view demographic comparisons between neighborhoods.

•  REALTOR.COM: Find a Neighborhood
Find your ideal neighborhood! Define the qualities you want in a neighborhood and rate how important each of the qualities is to you.

•  AOL: City Finder
Don't know which city is right for you, or searching for more information on a specific city? Try this interactive decision guide.

•  Wall Street Journal: City Profiles
Critical data on the 100 largest U.S. cities. Just click on a city name to review an exclusive, in-depth report, including taxation and cost-of-living data, education resources, arts and recreation activities, crime statistics and additional sources of information.

•  Best Jobs USA: City Outlines
Discover unemployment rates, major employers, cost of living, population, and much more for 54 of the largest cities in the U.S.

•  Yahoo! Real Estate: City Profiles
Information on cost of living, real estate, quality of life, weather and more for hundreds of U.S. cities.

•  Yahoo! Real Estate: City Comparison
Compare two cities side-by-side in 23 different categories, or see how all cities stack up in any one category.

•  Realty Times: Community Profiles
Descriptions of over 200 communities around the country.

•  NCS CareerCatalyst: U.S. Labor Markets
Our own collection of resources for researching state and local employment markets.

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•  Economic Research Institute: College Student Consumables Cost of
   Living Calculator
Not just for students! Complete cost-of-living analyses (consumables, housing, taxes, services and transportation) for any earnings level between any two cities. Find out how far your salary will go in over 6,700 U.S., Canadian and international locations.

•  DataMasters: Cost-of-Living Analysis for the Year 2000
Cost-of-living comparisons for 399 U.S. cities and metropolitan areas.

•  VirtualRelocation.com: Relocation Directory: City Guides by State
Large list of links to major cities in each state, plus profiles of the 50 largest cities in the U.S.

•  50states.com: States and Capitals
Dozens of links to factual infomation on every state.

•  Key to the City
Basic statistics and facts on every state and almost every community in the U.S.

•  The USA CityLink Project
The most comprehensive United States city and state listing on the Web. Provides users with a starting point when accessing information about US states and cities.

•  Digital City
Local experts guide you to the best restaurants, parks, book stores, etc. in each of 60 cities. Also includes Visitor's Guides to help you settle into your new hometown.

•  VirtualRelocation.com: City Guides
Connect to several online guides for each of the 50 largest cities in the U.S.

•  Official City Sites
Click on one of the state names to find a list of city and county links. Includes chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, sanctioned tourism sites and much more.

•  townsandvillages.com
Looking for America's most livable small towns? This site has pulled together photos and useful statistics on over a hundred towns around the country.

•  Relocate-America.com
Find info on hundreds of small towns all over America. Be sure to check out the Featured Community Archives.

•  Community Profile Network
Over 600 profiles of small villages in the U.S.

•  The Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Comparison of 40 communities surveyed across dimensions of social capital.  Survey examines how connected we are to family, friends, neighbors and civic institutions on a local and national level. These connections -- our social capital -- are the glue that hold us together and enable us to build bridges to others.

•  UnitedHealth Group: State Health Ranking
Comprehensive view of the health of the population of each state.

•  Annie E. Casey Foundation: 2001 KIDS COUNT
A national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. KIDS COUNT uses the best available data to measure the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children across the U.S.

•  Men's Fitness: America's Fattest Cities 2001
Is your hometown making you fitter or fatter? A city-by-city analysis of the nation's waistline.

•  U.S. News Online: Best Hospitals Finder
Find the highest level of medical care in your area.

•  WebMD: Find a Physician
Lists over 500,000 doctors and 120,000 dentists.

•  CareGuide
Nationwide listings of approximately 90,000 child care facilities and 70,000 elder care facilities.

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•  Homefair.com: International Salary Calculator
Compare the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities.

•  The Disaster Center: State Crime Statistics
Crime stats for all U.S. states and the District of Columbia from 1960 through 1998 (most recent available data).

•  Homefair.com: Relocation Crime Lab
Find and compare reported crime statistics for over 6,000 communities throughout the U.S.

•  APB Data Center: Crime Statistics You Can Use
Check the risk of violent crime for any neighborhood in the country.

•  United States Climate Page
Click on any state to access basic climate data on its major cities.

•  WashingtonPost.com: Historical Weather Data
Temperature and precipitation data for 2,000 cities worldwide. Each city page includes some or all of 21 climate summaries.

•  USA Today: Weather Averages
Seventeen sets of climate data for almost 300 U.S. cities.

•  USGS: Geographic Distribution of Major Hazards in the U.S.
These maps show where there is a relatively high risk of six hazards: floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and tornadoes. A single, animated map depicting all six hazards combined is also available.

•  EPA: ZIP Code Search
Enter a ZIP code to find local pollution reports, hazardous waste sites, environmental conditions and trends, and a "live" computer-generated map of regulated sites in any area. Similar information is offered by Healthy
Communities Environmental Mapping

•  Environmental Defense Fund: Scorecard
Enter a ZIP code to find out what pollutants are being released into that community -- and who is responsible. (ZIP codes for all communities can be found here.)

Ozone maps and forecasts.

•  InteliHealth: What's in the air?
Is the air you breathe making you sick? Check on current pollen and pollution counts for most major U.S. cities.

•  American Lung Association: State of the Air 2001
Find out which cities, counties and states have the worst ozone pollution.

•  RTIalert
The Respiratory Tract Infection Alert tracks new cases of respiratory tract infections nationwide. It can forecast the likelihood of an outbreak of infections and predict when they are expected to peak in a given area.

•  Smog Watch 2000
Find out the worst places to take a deep breath.

•  EPA: Superfund Risk Assessment
Avoid having a toxic dump for your next-door neighbor.

•  EPA: Safe Drinking Water Information
The Safe Drinking Water Query Form will allow you to locate any drinking water supplier and view its violations and enforcement history for the last ten years.

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The largest home search site, with over 1.3 million homes for sale plus home-buying advice and tools.

•  Homes.com
Find rentals, over 60,000 agents and brokers, and more than 700,000 home listings.

•  MSN HomeAdvisor
Get key information to make your own home-buying decisions. Also lists 750,000 homes for sale.

•  HomeScout
Six hundred thousand listings nationwide, drawn from nearly 400 brokers. Unlike other major sites in this category, includes FSBOs (for sale by owners).

•  zipRealty.com
"Provides a comprehensive method which allows you to move step-by-step through the home selling and buying processes. zipRealty.com sellers enjoy higher profit margins, while home buyers receive thousands of dollars in cash back at the close of escrow."

•  Domania
Buying? Selling? Just looking? Domania provides all the tools and information
you need to save time and money in the real estate game.

•  Virtual Real Estate Store: Consumers Guide to Selling a Home
For most people, buying and selling a home is the single largest investment
decision they will make during their lifetime. Here's how to make the right selling decisions.

•  YouDecide.com: Home Center: Buying a Home
"If you're looking to buy a home, our 5 steps have all the information and tools you need to get the best home for your money."

•  The terrible truth about real estate agents
How to know if you require the services of a real estate professional to help you buy or sell a home.

•  Realty Times: Finding an Agent
Advice on locating and working with a realtor.

•  Realty Times: Buyers' Advice and Sellers' Advice
Huge collection of articles should answer most, if not all, of your questions on home buying and selling.

•  Coldwell Banker: Home Price Comparison Index
Allows you to quickly approximate how much your home might cost in any one of over 350 markets across North America and beyond.

•  Better Homes & Gardens: How much house can you afford?
Easy-to-use calculator.

•  YouDecide.com: Home Center: Renting
On your own for the first time and looking for the skinny on housing? Or maybe you're trying to figure out if it makes sense to keep renting, rather than buying? Follow these 5 steps and you'll know exactly what to do.

•  SpringStreet.com
Search over 6,000,000 apartments in 6,000 U.S. cities.

•  Rent Net
Huge selection of apartments nationwide.

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•  Education Week: Quality Counts 2001
The State of the States part of this special report looks at student performance and more than 75 indicators of the health of each state’s public education system. State report cards offer a quicker, more concise look at the same systems.

•  ALEC: Report Card on American Education: A State-by-State Analysis
The study covers two generations of students, 1976-2000, and grades each state using over a hundred measures of educational resources and achievement. (Report Card requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.)

•  Yahoo! Real Estate: School Reports
Find detailed information on virtually every public school in the U.S.

•  SchoolMatch School Directory
Basic information on every public school in the United States.

•  2001 Beyond.com
Public and private school profiles.

•  U.S. Department of Education: Blue Ribbon Schools
This 18-year-old program spotlights schools from around the country that have excelled in school leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement and parental involvement. Includes 264 elementary schools recognized as 2000-2001 Blue Ribbon Schools and 198 secondary schools chosen as award winners in 1999-2000.

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