The cost of living in New York is nuts. This leads a lot of people to fantasize about living elsewhere. The line of thinking goes something like, if I sold my home and cashed in all my chips, I could live like a king in [fill in the blank].
Well, I had a friend who, a couple of years ago, followed through. He was tired of Wall Street, didn't like his prospective cost curve, and so he moved his family to Boulder, Colorado. Why Boulder? I asked. Friends? Relatives? None of the above. He went on a website called "Find Your Spot" that suggests where you might want to live based on your personal preferences:
I went to the site to see where my "spot" is. They ask you dozens of question about your preferences on things like activities, culture, religion, climate, etc., and then - presto! - they rank the top 25 places in America where you should live. Here are my top five:
1. St. George, Utah (never heard of it, but now I want to know more)
2. Greenville, South Carolina (you can't go home again - or was that Ashville?)
3. Tulsa, Oklahoma (really?)
4. Clarksville, Tennessee (see: St. George, Utah)
5. Kent, Washington (a Seattle suburb - do they know I don't drink coffee?)
It's actually a fun exercise - try it yourself when you are looking to kill half an hour.