Saturday, March 18, 2006

TownScores™ City Climate Comparison

TownScores™ City Climate Comparison

Dryness
Seattle 35%
Austin 49%
Atlanta 22%
Miami 14%
Tucson 80%
San Diego 79%
US Average 42%
Freedom From Snow
Seattle 90%
Austin 100%
Atlanta 99%
Miami 100%
Tucson 98%
San Diego 99%
US Average 78%
Dry Days / Year
Seattle 58%
Austin 77%
Atlanta 69%
Miami 100%
Tucson 98%
San Diego 99%
US Average 78%
Days of Sun / Year
Seattle 42%
Austin 62%
Atlanta 59%
Miami 68%
Tucson 78%
San Diego 73%
US Average 56%
Proximity to Ideal July High (78F)
Seattle 97%
Austin 84%
Atlanta 90%
Miami 90%
Tucson 78%
San Diego 93%
US Average 92%
Proximity to Ideal January Low (65F)
Seattle 55%
Austin 60%
Atlanta 48%
Miami 88%
Tucson 56%
San Diego 68%
US Average 33%
Sources: National Atlas Sperling's Best Places

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Choosing a City for Relocation

Primary Considerations

  • Climate
    • Number of days of sunshine per year
    • Winter day lengths
    • Days of precipitation each year
    • Temperature and humidity extremes
  • Median home price <= Seattle
  • High-tech job market
  • Diverse economy
  • Single people
  • Health of population

I'm using Seattle as a baseline, because it is the city that I'm giving up for something "better".

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Relocation Resources

Cities Ranked and Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada
Bert Sperling, Peter Sander, 1st edition
Insider's Guide to Relocation
Beverly Roman and John Howells, 2nd edition
Greener Pastures -- How to Find a Job in Another Place
Andrea Kay
Sperling's Best Places
Companion site to Cities Ranked and Rated. Interesting article on cities ranked by incidence of respiratory illness.
FindYourSpot.com
Offers a quiz that results in a custom list of places "that fit you". The quiz is great in concept, and nicely constructed. However, I found that the results were heavily weighted toward smaller towns, and changing the priority settings did little to improve the results.
CitySearch.com
Dig into a city's culture, cuisine and more. Decent search options, and occasional articles on topics such as "Best Places for Singles" or "Non-smoking Night Clubs".
Life 2.0 -- How People Across America and Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of their Happiness
Rich Karlgaard
The 100 Best Small Towns in America
Norman Crampton
Occupational Outlook Handbook
United States Department of Labor
U.S. Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts
Rapid access to the latest census data in counties where you might relocate
Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It
David Gershon & Gail Straub

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At Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:55:00 AM, Anonymous Relocation News said...

Thanks for this excellent list of relocation books.

Very useful to anyone looking to relocate.

Thanks again.

 
At Wednesday, January 04, 2012 2:52:00 AM, Anonymous Michael said...

Indeed, it's a great compilation of moving resources. Do you consider updating the list?

 

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Rootlet Relocation Blog

Forty million Americans relocate each year. Publishers offer scores of titles on where, why, and how to move to a city that will make you happier. "Best Towns List" articles are a perennial favorite of magazine readers.

Where are People Moving, and Why?

Trends are moving toward smaller, cheaper, non-coastal towns, and with good reasons.

  • High-speed Internet has made it much easier to remain connected with culture.
  • Home prices have outstripped growth in income.
  • Noncoastal towns offer a lower median home price, a chance to escape from Affluenza.
  • It's less expensive and more feasible to start a business.
  • Baby boomers are nearing retirement age.

Why do I care?

I plan to relocate from Seattle, Washington in the near future. Seattle has been great for me professionally and personally, and I’m looking forward to a new chapter. One with sun.

The Relocation Journey Begins With...

Research. I've jammed my mailbox with several book titles, and scoured many Web sites on the topic of relocation. I parked myself in local wifi-enabled coffeehouses with thirty pounds of books and a laptop. My relocation to Seattle from California some years ago was my first "researched" move. My desire to choose a better city was directly related to the prior, ill-considered move to Palm Springs.

Why "Rootlet"?

In Greener Pastures -- How to Find a Job in Another Place, Andrea Kay likens relocation to...

'root shock', the initial wilting a plant goes through when you remove it from soil and transplant it somewhere else. You have all the main parts -- tap root, stem, leaves -- but the little hair roots get left behind, and the plant shows signs of wilting until it can regrow those rootlets. Family, friends, professional associations, neighborhood ... are your rootlets. They have to be reestablished. If you go into the move joyously and well prepared, the wilting only lasts a short time.

It is my hope that relocators, and those content with their current cities, can share tips, stories, and other data here at Rootlet. Perhaps I will meet people who live in my prospective destinations. It's time to send out some shoots.

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At Sunday, October 19, 2008 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I love your blog! Couldn't find your email though, so I'll leave mine: bryan@homeresearcher.com .

We'd love to talk to you about an ad on your site but that's all I'll say... ;-)

Thanks!
Bryan

 
At Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Monte,
I am the owner of The Joyful Organizer a professional organization company. However, my background is in corporate relocation and I have published a moving guide designed to help families move while maintaining organization. The book is titled, The Joyful Organizer's Guide to a Joyful Move. I'd love to send you a copy to review. Just let me know where I can send it. Thanks so much for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.
Bonnie
bonnie@thejoyfulorganizer.com

 

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