Where-To-Live Quizzes: Have You Taken One? Did You Follow Its Advice?

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The print above reflects an optimist's view for my upcoming move from cosmopolitan San Francisco to the prairies of Illinois. Although no quiz could really accurately predict how I'd feel living in any given city, I still thought it would be fun to see where the all-knowing internet predicts I would be most happy. I was not expecting the word "Arkansas" to be involved...

And I mean absolutely no offense to Arkansas – I've never been there, and I'm sure it's lovely – but I was surprised. I took the Find Your Spot quiz* and my top two recommended locales were Hot Springs Village ("America's Natural Spa"!) and Little Rock. My #3 spot was Hartford, CT and, while I love all things Gilmore Girls-related, I don't find its slogan "The Insurance Capital" very enticing. It's also interesting that of the three places I've loved living, only Portland, OR made my list of top 24 spots. 

I also took Kiplinger's much shorter quiz, Find The Best City For You. Obviously, your results will be limited to cities, and apparently I should move to San Antonio, TX. Who knew? And according to International Living's quiz, if I choose to live — or at least retire — overseas, Mexico is the perfect choice for me.

HGTV's hilariously random What's Your Dream Home Destination? quiz recommendeds I "consider a beach bungalow in sunny Florida or southern California or a hip studio in an urban center like NYC, Philly or Chicago." That doesn't really narrow it down, guys. (No personal information was required for any of these last three quizzes.)

Have you taken any of these? Were they in any way helpful? Has anyone out there actually moved based on their results? I do love a quiz.

(*Note: after taking the rather involved Find Your Spot quiz, you are required to enter your name, address, email address, etc, before receiving your results.)

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