Moving to a new neighborhood can be very exciting, but it can sometimes be stressful, too, because it introduces plenty of unknown factors. So it can be a great comfort for people to familiarize themselves with new neighborhoods before they even move.
Fortunately, that’s far easier than it used to be because of all the data available on the Internet. There are now many Web sites that offer demographic information, which can help a lot when you’re trying to learn about a new area. Here are just some of the types of information you can get about your new neighborhood by searching the Internet:
- Crime rates
- Number of people who are married, divorced and single
- Average number of people living in each home
- Median age of everyone in the neighborhood
- Median household income
- How many people rent and own their homes
- Types of public transportation
- Median travel time to work
- How many people are employed and unemployed
- Schools and how they’re rated compared to the rest of the country
But that isn’t the only kind of research you can do to check out your potential new home. You can also find out about children’s activities, restaurants, nightlife or cultural offerings by doing Internet searches using the town name. If you’re a business owner, local Chamber of Commerce and municipal government sites usually offer details about what you can expect business-wise. They can also give you contacts that can help familiarize you with government regulations and local ordinances. The town’s library can also be a great source of information, and for a small fee you can order the area’s phone book from the local phone company and have it delivered to your old residence before you move.
No matter which neighborhood you move to, you’ll want to do moving research that will help you identify a good moving service. Once you do, that company may be able to direct you to good information about your new neighborhood. They might even have local employees who will be willing to answer specific questions about the area. This personal touch can be invaluable and give you information you wouldn’t get any other way.
Once you’ve finished your research and have taken care of all your moving and storage needs, you’ll have to do a little more legwork to really get to know your town, up-close and personal. You can do this by looking online or in the local paper for opportunities to join social groups, clubs or attend events where you can meet people. Be patient; it may take a few months to get used to the new neighborhood and make new friends. Who knows, though, if you become good at reaching out, people who’ve lived in the town a lot longer might just start coming to you to get the scoop on new neighborhood developments!