Many of us will come to a point in our lives where it’s time for a new career. Whether you hate your current job and are in need of a change, you just graduated and are ready to utilize your new degree, or you are just looking to start 2017 with a new career, one of the biggest questions on your mind is probably, “Should I move out of state?”.

Not everyone lives in the optimum place for their industry or area of expertise, but they make it work. If you can find a decent career that pays less than similar roles in other states, it might be worth it to move. Then again, being near friends and family may be worth the pay cut.

One of the biggest questions in people’s minds is how a long-distance move will affect their relationships. It’s true, you won’t see your loved ones nearly as often, but that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain  healthy relationships from afar, especially with today’s technology.

However, if you were that kid that got so homesick the second day of camp that you couldn’t enjoy the rest of the week, you’ll likely be very unhappy maintaining your closest relationships through the telephone and internet.

If you’re looking solely to make more money, you might also want to consider some other factors, like median household income, mortgage rates, and property tax rates in each individual state. All of these factors will affect the cost of living to help you determine whether a higher wage actually is a better bet.

You may be able to make $10,000 more a year in that big city, but will you really be wealthier if the cost of living is 18% higher, there are fees for owning a car to encourage the use of public transportation on crowded streets, and your taxes will go through the roof?

Others still might be better suited to another city socially and culturally. There might be a high demand for individuals with your skills in your current area, but if you aren’t happy outside of work, you’ll likely be less satisfied with your career in general.

If your heart longs for a quiet country home away from the business of the city, that’s where you should be. If you thrive on arts and culture and great food, you definitely shouldn’t be stuck in a rural community that can’t offer much of that.

It’s hard to tell exactly what a community has to offer on impression alone, so it’s a good idea to take to the internet and find out what others are saying about the city you want to move to. You may just fall in (or out) of love!

If you have decided to move away, the first thing you should consider is whether you should move before or after you get a new job. If you take the leap and quit your job and just up and go, you’re taking a big risk hoping you’ll be able to find adequate work before you run out of money.

However, the pressure of a deadline with severe consequences might be the best way to motivate yourself to be ruthless in your job search.

If you are more of a play-it-safe type person, not to worry. You can stay in your current position and look for  a job in another city at your leisure. Finding a job online is easier than it ever has been before, and if you obtain a job before the big move, your new employer may front some or all of the money for your move.

Long distance moves can be very expensive, but there are several ways to save money when moving across the country, so don’t fret if you have to pay for the whole thing yourself.

Whatever happens with you, your career, or your living situation, I hope it’s something that makes you happy. Have any of you ever moved out of state for a job? If so, what was your experience like?

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AJ Earley is a small business owner, chef, and freelance writer from Idaho. She has shifted careers several times in her life and enjoys helping others navigate the world of career change. She also loves traveling, especially when she can bring along her cat Buddha.

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