Looking for a fresh start in a new place? Check out these great cities for new beginnings

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A new year means a fresh start. And if you’re looking for a fresh start in a new place, we have a few suggestions. In today’s post, we’ll highlight some great U.S. cities that might be perfect for starting a branch new chapter in your life.

Cities Near New Company Headquarters

Looking for a change of career or a place where you can take your career to the next level? Take a look at some of these cities that are home to new (or fairly new) company headquarters, courtesy of Trulia:

Indianapolis

According to Trulia, the capital of Indiana and its surrounding communities are becoming the Silicon Valley of the Midwest. Growing tech and software companies are finding the greater Indianapolis area ideal for recruiting motivated workers, plus the high quality of life and proximity to popular suburbs like Greenwood are attracting families looking to put down roots. Trulia reported that Salesforce recently relocated its second-largest office outside of San Francisco’s global HQ to downtown Indianapolis. The business-friendly environment, along with low cost of living and growing local economy were surely influential in the decision.

Plano

This booming Texas city is now home to Toyota’s North American headquarters, bringing 4,000 – 6,000 jobs to the area. JP Mortgan Chase and Liberty Mutual also expanded their presence in Plano, providing opportunities for even more jobs in the area.

Because of this rapid growth, housing in Plano is expensive and sometimes hard to find. Demand is currently far outpacing supply, which is why many people are choosing to relocate to one of the popular suburbs outside the city limits. According to Trulia, Richardson is a great choice. It’s only 14 miles south of Plano proper and housing prices are considerably more affordable. But be forewarned–word is getting out about lovely Richardson, as it has been popping up on several “best of” lists in recent years.

Want to see which other cities are welcoming new company headquarters? Check out the Trulia article here.

Great Cities for Recent College Grads

If you’re not quite ready to make a big move to a big city or to settle down in the suburbs, take a look at the following cities that may be ideal for young adults just starting out, courtesy of NerdWallet. Whether you’re a recent college grad or simply ready to begin the first real phase of independent adulthood, these places may appeal to your needs and interests:

Madison, Wisconsin

Home to the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus, the capital city of Madison is home to a large number of educated young adults. It is also home to a robust local economy and low unemployment rate, which indicates that there is plenty of opportunity to go around for ambitious newcomers as well as local graduates who don’t want to relocate in order to jumpstart their careers. And did we mention, the cost of living in Madison ain’t bad, either?

“Though its median income for those 25 and older with bachelor’s degrees, $46,275, is average among other cities in the top 10, the median gross rent, $981, is relatively affordable,” writes Andrew L. Wang for NerdWallet. “As a result, rent as a percentage of income, 25%, is among the lowest in the top 10, and about average for all cities in this analysis.”

Arlington, Virginia

One of the major cities that makes up Northern Virginia, or the region known as NOVA, Arlington is not nearly as affordable (housing wise, anyway) as Madison. NerdWallet reports that rents here are the highest among their top 10, with the median rent at $1,844 per month. The median income of $75,025 is just below the point needed to make rents “affordable,” which, in this case, means residents spend an average of less than 30% of their income on rent. Currently, Arlington renters are spending right about 30% on housing. Where the city shines, according to NerdWallet, is in its share of workers (68%) who hold high-paying positions in management, business, science and arts occupations.

Other cities that made NerdWallet’s list of the Best Cities for Recent College Grads include Seattle, Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta and more. Read the details and see the full list here.

Cities for Active Retirees

When it comes to finding a great place to live, recent retirees typically have very different criteria than young adults. Retirees are less concerned with living in a place with a thriving job market and may be more inclined to settle in places that offer more recreational amenities, low-maintenance living and good climate. If you’re an active retiree who is ready to find the perfect place to spend your silver and golden years, check out these suggestions, courtesy of Forbes:

Madison, Wisconsin

Hey, look who it is again! Madison, Wisconsin is apparently not just a great place for students and young adults. It’s also a great place for active retirees. Despite frigid winters, Madison boasts other things that appeal to the older crowd, namely the high number of doctors per capita, low violent crime rate, and ample opportunities for recreation as well as volunteerism. According to Forbes, 40% of Madison’t adult population volunteers in some manner — that’s a city that truly pitches in!

Gainesville, Florida

OK so maybe the cold winter weather of the Midwest isn’t exactly what you had in mind when dreaming of your retirement years. In that case, consider the popular Florida city of Gainesville. Home to the University of Florida, there is a large population of young adults here but there are also plenty of active seniors. Several state parks are nearby, as well as plenty of artistic and cultural attractions. Plus, Gainesville ranked 2nd on Forbes list for doctors per capita. Oh, and the average low temperature is about 58 degrees Fahrenheit, so the cold-adverse will be quite comfortable here!

Want to know which other cities made the list of Forbes 25 Best Cities for Active Retirement? Click here.

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