This Interactive Tool Will Show You the City Where You Should be Living

published Oct 13, 2017
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There are a lot of factors that go into making a big move, and for many people, the top priority is either their job or their family. But if you’re on your own and you have job flexibility to go basically wherever you want (i.e. you work remotely), then what? In that case, you have the luxury of finding a place that suits you—and not necessarily just your career.

To help you figure out the best U.S. city for you and your priorities, put together a super easy interactive tool (ok and yeah, it’s a strange source, but when you start to mess with the tool, you’ll see!). You choose the qualities that matter to you across a spectrum of options — political leanings, crime rates, walkability, affordability, religious affiliations, weather and more — and it shows you a list of cities that suit them.

You can basically play around with endless combinations until you find a city that appeals to you, and tap options again a second time to make them higher priorities. If you know the area you’d prefer to be in, you can also narrow it down by selecting one or multiple regions. You can see all of the options to choose from below.

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For example, searching for myself, I’d select the following:

  • Urban
  • Single people
  • Democrat
  • Clean air
  • Mild weather
  • Walkability
  • Low crime

In doing so, the top 3 cities the tool shows me are New York (perfect, considering I live here!), Providence, and Boston. If I double tap “mild weather” my number one option becomes Berkeley, CA. The tool also shows you the cities that would be the worst for you based on the options you plug in, so for me, Cleveland, TN and Wichita Falls, TX are out, among other cities.

For another example, say you’re looking for a city with the following qualities:

  • Rural
  • Non-religious
  • Clean air
  • Walkability
  • Affordable living

In this case, the tool recommends Saint Augustine, FL, followed by Salinas, CA and Lawrence, KS.

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The tool also presents you with a lot of helpful information about the cities it recommends you, as you can see above—simply click on the arrows in the box, and you’ll find out how it scored in safety, air quality, traffic and walkability, not to mention all about the population’s religious and political leanings and the cost. That way, all your basic research is done for you in helping you decide if it’s the right place for you.

Even if you’re not sure about moving, this tool can help you figure out if you’re in the right city—or if you should consider a move in the future, based on your priorities.

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What city did the city finder spit out for you? Is it accurate?