Cities with Growth Opportunities
2021 is already halfway over. While this year has seen more normalcy than 2020 did, there are some permanent changes that will stay. One of those changes is companies allowing employees to work remotely. When the COVID19 pandemic first went into effect, almost all major companies set up employees to work from their homes to promote and protect the health and safety of their workforce and operations.
Many companies now are looking into allowing their employees to work remotely full time, even as life begins to return to normal. Now that employees no longer have to commute to an office every day, it gives them the ability to live anywhere they want. This has people moving all over the country. But what are the best cities to move to those looking for a full-time change?
20 of the Best Cities to Move to for Growth
While most “best cities” lists rely on a certain level of subjectivity, many tools have attempted to perfect the art through evaluation, scoring systems, and other analysis. The following list looks at the overall livability of each area with a focus on positive economic activity.
- The Woodlands, TX
- Arlington, VA
- Naperville, IL
- Overland Park, KS
- Cambridge, MA
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Plano, TX
- Columbia, MD
- Berkeley, CA
- Bellevue, WA
- Irvine, CA
- Richardson, TX
- Seattle, WA
- Madison, WI
- San Francisco, CA
- Sunnyvale, CA
- Raleigh, NC
- Boulder, CO
- Sandy Springs, GA
- Torrance, CA
While these cities all have different cultures, climates, and costs, they were chosen based on many different aspects of living. Factors include livability, job opportunities, homeownership rates, cost of living, and their track record of economic growth. Most of these cities have seen consistent growth for the better part of 10 years, making them some of the best cities to move to for growth opportunities. Many of these cities are considered mid-size, meaning that while they are growing, they are not yet the size of mega-cities such as Chicago, New York City, or Los Angeles.
Midsize cities that are growing tend to offer some of the best job markets in the country. This could come into play if someone who is looking for change is unable to work remotely in their current career. Additionally, the availability of job opportunities is critical for trailing spouses or partners who wish to continue their own personal growth and achieve their career goals in their new destination.
Things to Consider When Moving to a New State
While it’s nice to be able to live anywhere because of the ability to work remotely, there are many factors that should be considered and questions that should be answered before relocating.
Cost of Living
Affordability is typically one of the biggest factors relating to the decision to relocate. Can your current salary or income keep up in the new city? Will you be able to afford the cost of fuel, groceries, and other basic living items that might be more expensive (or cheaper) in the new place.
Healthcare costs, education, and culture should be other factors to look at when looking to move into a new city.
Real Estate Market
2020 and 2021 have resulted in a boom in real estate that shows no signs of stopping in the near term. The average cost of homes rose just over 11% nationally (its largest annual gain in 15 years) and should be brought to any conversation about the best cities to live in the USA. Will your current home sell for what it’s worth? Can you afford a nice enough home in the new area? While it is a great time for sellers, it is more expensive for buyers than before.
Quality of Life
When selecting the best cities to move to, local amenities and quality of life play an outsized role that many forget to include in their decision to relocate. Is there an availability of quality schooling at the new location? How are the average commute times? Is efficient public transportation available? Is there a good balance of shopping, climate, recreation, and dining available?
How We Can Help
GMS is a leader in the global mobility industry. We help companies draft relocation policies for their employees, helping them get from point A to point B while minimizing common pain points, where possible. It is our goal to make the relocation experience smooth for those trying to relocate to the best cities in the USA. GMS’ services can help every step of the way, from pre-decision to departure, to help getting settled in the new destination.
We're Here to Help! Request a Courtesy Consultation
Are you ready to talk to a Mobility Pro? Learn how GMS can optimize your mobility program, enhance your policies to meet today’s unique challenges, receive an in-depth industry benchmark, or simply ask us a question. Your Mobility Pro will be in touch within 1 business day for a no-pressure, courtesy consultation.