Working Remotely? 7 Aspects to Consider before Changing Cities
If your profession allows you to work remotely, you’re part of a trend many see as fortuitous.
Analysts say 25% of all jobs in North America were remote by the end of 2022, and remote opportunities are expected to grow again this year.
In response, 5 million remote workers in the U.S. opted to change their cities of residence between 2020 and 2022, with 19 million more expected to follow suit. And many are apparently happy with the results; one poll found that 82% of Americans who moved in 2020 “changed their lives for the better.”
If you’re among those considering such a move, here are elements about your potential new city you may wish to consider.
Job market. Does your new city offer employment options in the event you change jobs or can no longer work remotely?
Real estate market. Is appropriate housing available and affordable?
Projected cost of living. How will everyday expenses compare to those you’re now managing?
Climate and environmental characteristics. Factoring in your health, are you OK with the area’s weather conditions, flora and fauna and other natural elements?
Family amenities. How are area schools? Opportunities for fun and leisure? Avenues for meeting new friends?
Social and cultural norms. Is there diversity? Are most people there liberal or conservative? Friendly and open, or cautious about meeting new people? Will you fit in, or feel like an outsider?
Potential for personal growth. Might the new place allow you to reinvent yourself and/or create the life you’ve always wanted?