Moving Dreams



I just spent an amazing long weekend in San Jose, California. My friend was relocated there for work a few months ago and has been raving about it ever since. She told me all about her experience living on the west coast and even Moving Dreamsadmitted that she doesn’t think she ever wants to leave. Of course, this led to a discussion about our favorite US cities. I absolutely love Saint Petersburg in Florida but it’s still fun to think, where would we move to if we could just pick up and go?

I had some ideas. Savannah, Georgia has long been on my list. The classic southern charm and beautiful Spanish moss makes me happy. But, then I realized that I really haven’t experienced enough of the United States to be 100 percent sure. As we tossed around ideas and opinions, I remembered something I had read a while back. The Census Bureau created a free app that can match your values with the perfect US city. Fun, right?!

The app, called Dwellr, asks the user a series of questions and allows you to rank the importance of certain characteristics. It uses the following information to create a list of the top 25 US cities that match the users’ individual tastes:

• Demographics
• Socio-economic statistics and
• Housing statistics

Questions include preference between large or small cities and desired educational level of the majority of the population among several others.

As it turns out, Savannah, Georgia is on the list of the 25 best places for me to live in the United States. The rest of my list sounded good to me as well. So overall, my first impression of the app was a positive one.

Most people aren’t in a position to just pick up and move where a mobile app tells you to go but, hey, you never know! I have some friends who are looking for a change who may be interested in giving it a shot. Even if you aren’t planning a move any time soon, have a little fun…who doesn’t like to daydream?

If you could move anywhere in the United States, where would you go? Share your ideas in the comments below!