- My wife and I are considering moving out of a big city because
everything is just so expensive. At the same time, I'm worried we'll
make a lot less money in a smaller town and it'll just even out.
We both have college educations and have experience with administrative
work and management. Is there any way to predict how this will work
out? - Forrest
Hi Forrest - Welcome to the conundrum that so many millennials
are facing. Some people thrive when they move from high-cost living
to a more affordable area, while others encounter a whole new set
of challenges. Here are a few indicators to help you understand
how small-town living might treat you.
This particular living cost is important for a few different
reasons. The most obvious is how much money you can save on your
rent or mortgage by moving to a smaller town or a more rural area.
Housing and rental prices are also important because they can
help you gauge population growth. As much as you want to save
money on your living arrangement, a shockingly low price could
be a sign that more people are going than coming in that particular
area. People who leave cities hastily and head for a region with
the cheapest housing are usually the ones who have the most difficulty
finding good jobs. Keep that in mind before springing for an awesome
mansion in the middle of nowhere.
2. Adjacent industries. I'm sure you'll check job availability
before you pack up and head to a new town, and I'd encourage you
to research the biggest employers in the surrounding counties
as well. When a nearby district has lots of jobs in education,
government or medicine, that usually helps sustain a variety of
other businesses. If an area mostly employs people in a specific
trade like mining or forestry, that might limit the open positions.
Finding a city or county with an assortment of industries will
make a big difference in your job search.
3. Competition. This isn't particularly easy to figure
out, but you should give some thought to what the professional
competition will be like in a given area. Does your work history
give you experience that will translate to jobs in a smaller market?
In some cases, working as a legal secretary in a Manhattan firm
will make you an appealing candidate for a variety of jobs. Meanwhile,
some employers won't care that you've worked for fancy companies
in the past. As you look for work you're qualified for and interested
in, focus on jobs you'll be better suited for than someone without
| I believe you
can find work when you leave the big city for smaller pastures. As
long as you have a strategy in place, you should be able to land a
job and enjoy living someplace where your dollars go further. Good
luck to you and your wife, Forrest!
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July 20, 2018
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