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Four Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Community

Deciding to move is a major decision and location is one of the most important aspects you should consider when planning a move. Whether it’s a new neighborhood, a new city, or a new state–once you get there, you want to make sure your new community truly makes you feel welcome.

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Deciding to move is a major decision and location is one of the most important aspects you should consider when planning a move. Whether it’s a new neighborhood, a new city, or a new state–once you get there, you want to make sure your new community truly makes you feel welcome.

Recently Homes.com outlined some of the priciest streets in the US, but when diving deeper to figure out why they are the most expensive, a few commonalities were revealed. Almost half of the cities listed, were also a part of the top 10 most diverse cities in the US as well, with Houston, TX at the top of this list. The other pricy cities included in the most diverse cities of the U.S. are New York, NY, Dallas, TX, and Los Angeles, CA. This means that people are willing to pay extra to live in a place that accepts them, no matter who they are or where they come from. Other cities across the nation, are realizing they too need to keep up with the changing must-haves younger generations expect from the communities in which they live. 

While diversity and inclusivity have been hot topics within the workforce for some time, city officials are now beginning to look at ways to nurture this same environment within its city limits. According to the World Economic Forum, “economies are losing out by not implementing more inclusive strategies.” Cities who have taken strides to be more diverse and inclusive are drawing people from all walks of life and backgrounds to their areas. City officials are reaching out to their communities to have open and honest “color brave” discussions. This dialogue not only recognizes the struggles of their citizens, but also serves to develop programs, implement statutes, and provide resources to all. The more comfortable people are in their surroundings, the more likely they are to thrive, and in turn, less likely to leave the area. Everyone wants to feel safe, valued, and a part of their community. Below is a list of some things to look for in a city that is welcoming to all:

Walkability

Nothing generates a sense of community more than walkability to local hot spots. It gives you a chance to go at a slower pace, chat with neighbors, and truly take in where you live. Which also means that there is a stronger safety presence either by law enforcement or neighborhood watch programs.

 

Community Spaces

Aside from improving the area from a walkability standpoint, providing a safe space for people to gather and celebrate is also vital to a thriving community. Festivals, dedicated green spaces, and even pet-friendly spaces can provide a nice alternative to privately owned locations. 

Work incentive and growth

Cities are encouraging minority entrepreneurs to establish their businesses by offering various incentives. Cities have set up networking and educational activities available to members of its business-minded community that would otherwise be too difficult to find or too expensive. Bringing job opportunities to the area draws in people, helps them want to stay, which in turn helps drive the economy.

Engagement

Once a city has established itself as a desirable place to live, they have to maintain it too. Cities are creating boards with members of their communities to continually check the pulse of what’s working, what’s lacking, and what they as a community can do to improve. Atlanta, GA is an example of a city that is working to include all community members in its decision-making with its “One Atlanta” initiative where citizens from all backgrounds are celebrated and brought into the political fold.

Being comfortable where you live extends far beyond the walls of your own home. Being apart of a thriving community will not only affect your overall wellbeing, but it also will increase your home value over time. When starting on your home buying journey, make sure to keep a running list of must-haves and nice-to-haves for your local community as well as your future home.

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Brooke has a lifestyle blog called Cribbs Style and currently lives in Charleston, SC. This wife, mom of two almost tweens, and mom of three fur children enjoys all things DIY and organizing. When she’s not helping others tackle the chaos of life, she’s either working out, at the beach, or just enjoying time with family and friends.

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