Top 4 American Cities for Starting Over

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Life is a journey, and for many of us our journey takes us to new and vibrant places for a handful of reasons across the span of our lifetime such as landing a dream job, starting a family, or moving on to the next chapter in life. For those who are looking for a fresh place to hang their hats, the following four American cities are wonderful places to start over.

Anchorage, Alaska

From its awe-inspiring scenic beauty and relatively low unemployment rate to its strong local economy, Anchorage is a top city to live and work. For people looking to elevate their careers, consider that over a quarter of the companies in Anchorage are planning on hiring new workers, with job prospects in the financial, construction, education, leisure and health service industries being especially strong, according to MSN. Job seekers who are looking for a new career and a promising job market are sure to do well with a move way up north. Forget the all-work no-play mentality—Anchorage is a great for location for outdoor enthusiasts to play—hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and other outdoor adventures wait outside of your door each day if you move to this city.

I lived in Anchorage for a short period and have thought about going back to get away from things.

Johnson City, Tennessee

For people who have had enough of sky-high rents and astronomical grocery bills, The Volunteer State offers a very low cost of living. Tennessee has no income tax and is second to only Oklahoma for its budget-friendly living expenses, according to Business Insider. Known as Tennessee’s Green City, Johnson City has earned top honors, receiving the state’s first Green City Leadership award for its environmental efforts. Eco-conscious folks who relocate to Tennessee will find that the rent or mortgage on their new home is so reasonable, they will have plenty of wiggle room in the budget for home improvement projects, such as adding green features like energy efficient windows, new roofing, and custom doors to their new abode.

Phoenix, Arizona

Although the capital of Arizona was hit especially hard during the recent recession, the city is bouncing back to be better than ever. Many homes are now available at extremely reasonable prices and people ages 20-29 are flocking to this city. Phoenix is also home to a number of major corporations, including Intel, PetSmart, Motorola, and top employers include Bank of America and Wal-Mart. Granted, Phoenix gets pretty toasty in the summer with temperatures that easily top 110 degrees on some days, but as former Northeasterners who now call Phoenix home like to say, “You don’t have to shovel sunshine.” The weather is gorgeous for the majority of the year, the employment outlook is positive, and there’s a plethora of fantastic restaurants and a rich culture—all of these things help make Phoenix a great place for young people to reinvent themselves.

Bethesda, Maryland

Moms and dads who hold education in high regard and wouldn’t mind switching careers should consider Bethesda, Maryland. The area has an exceptionally low unemployment rate of around 5 percent, which is over 2 points lower than the national average, according to Forbes. In addition, the housing market is very strong, and the state is listed as number one in the entire country for its school systems. Boasting a great quality of life, Bethesda often appears on on lists ranking the livability of top cities, making this town an excellent place to live.

24 thoughts on “Top 4 American Cities for Starting Over

  1. Not being from the US, and mostly reading stuff, I always thought Austin was the place to go if you want to change your life.
    Cool post. Thought provoking and interesting.

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  2. I love where I live, Southern California. But I suppose if you can handle the weather in some of those places, there would be advantages to each. No Alaska or AZ for me though! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hmm…you’re right, it does add a kink in starting over, but if you ever decide to return, you have this skill. Plus speaking another language and thinking in another language really changes your perspective. You’ll be in culture shock if you ever decide to go back.

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  3. I would never have realised Tennessee was so eco conscious If I hadn’t of red this. I wonder how diverse the ethnicities of people are over there? I’ve always wanted to visit Anchorage, it looks so beautiful and the people so friendly.

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    1. Yes, I vote hands down for Anchorage, as I have lived there myself. I wonder about the diversity of Tennessee too….as I tend to stereotype the South sometimes.

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  4. Although not young, I lived for over 30 years in Los Angeles, and now in Phoenix. It was a great town to start all over. It is clean, quiet, and safe. Summer is hot but you deal knowing how nice it is the rest of the year. It is also affordable. Don’t move here. lol

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