relocation research tools

Sometimes you just have to go for it.

The new year—and a new decade—are underway. What better time is there to pursue that relocation you’ve been dreaming about?

Whether you’re chasing a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity or seeking a fresh start in a new state, hesitation can spell disaster. On the other hand, taking some time to learn about the area first is a smart move.

Below are some reliable resources that will help you feel more confident when moving on a whim by providing the information you need to tackle the most important tasks.

Finding a Job

Maybe you have a job waiting for you. Maybe you’re moving in search of something new. In any case, you’ll have a better chance of success if you move to a state with a healthy employment rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides seasonally adjusted statistics for every state in the U.S. For example, South Carolina, Utah, and Vermont had the lowest unemployment rates for 2019.

Choosing a Safe Community

One of the most challenging parts of moving is deciding where you want to live. A good place to start is to investigate crime rates for all of the communities you are considering. At Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics you can find information about violent and non-violent crime rates of various metro areas. However, this information is limited to the most current year that statistics were provided.

Another option is to search for government websites for the individual states and cities you are investigating. Many of these provide crime reporting statistics.

Buying a House

If you’re selling your current house or purchasing a new home, understanding the U.S. Housing Market Conditions will help you to be better prepared. For example, if you’re moving from a healthy area then you’ll probably have an easy time selling your old home. If you’re moving to town that that’s a little on the slow side, then you could find some really great prices. 

Sending the Kids to School

Moving with children can be challenging, especially if they are changing schools. The Nation’s Report Card provides in-depth information about the performance of each state. For example, you can compare states to see which fall at, below, or above the national average for reading and math. If the state you plan to move to underperforms, then you might want to consider alternative educational avenues.

Hiring Trusted Movers

At U.S.A. Gov Moving you can find useful information that will help you to avoid common moving scams. This website also provides helpful moving tips, an online change of address form, and more.

Don’t spend the rest of the year—or the rest of the decade—regretting your choice of movers.

Whether you’re hiring local movers or long-distance movers, you deserve quality service that’s safe, fast, and affordable. That’s where American Fargo comes in. Contact us today for a free cost estimate and custom relocation plan!