According to Census Bureau stats, if you live in the United States, you can expect to move nearly 12 times. A move across town or to a familiar area typically comes with a bit less stress because you may already know where to find the grocery store or the best place for tacos. But what about when moving to a new city?
Adjusting to unfamiliar street names, businesses, and sometimes even a different climate can add anxiety to a move. The good news is, there are a few easy ways to learn about your new city that can make acclimating less stressful.
It seems obvious, but do an internet search for the city’s official website, which is often a .gov site. Most city websites offer essential information for residents, including links for services that can range from garbage collection to the local school district website, transit schedules, and where to pay the water bill. From the city website homepage, look for a clickable tab at the top of the page or a menu choice labeled “Residents.”
Visit the Local Conventions and Visitors Bureau
Most cities have a Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with its own website, but there may also be a link via the city website (look under the city website tab: Visitors). A local CVB has several resources for newcomers. Before moving, visit the site and explore the area’s local attractions, find links to businesses, and request a new resident welcome pack. Welcome packs can have vouchers, coupons, and even free samples from area businesses.
When you arrive in your new city, plan to visit the CVB. It’s an excellent place to find maps, brochures, and locals who are happy to share their knowledge about favorite hotspots. Some large cities have more than one CVB to serve the various regions of the city and metro area.
Rely on the Public Library
A local public library is a treasure trove of information when moving to a new city. Not only are librarians quite familiar with their city, if they don’t have the answer to your question, but they can also find it. Public libraries (both in the building and online) often have bulletin boards where local groups post their event schedules, which is a great way to find entertainment and groups that share your interests.
Take Advantage of Social Media
If you’re even slightly active on social media, you can use the platforms to your advantage when moving to a new city. Look for Facebook groups or pages by searching on the platform with the keywords: Moving to [Name of City] or New to [Name of City].
On Twitter, create a list to learn about your new city. A Twitter list is easier to follow instead of trying to track individual accounts. Accounts to add to your new city list:
- Local news stations and publications
- The CVB
- Local personalities
- Bloggers for local bands, restaurants, and other entertainment venues
- The public library and local school district
- The official account for the city
Through these accounts, it’s easy to find others to follow and discover more about the city and its people.
Don’t forget that some of the best resources are the locals when moving to a new city. Talk to your neighbors, coworkers, and the cashier at the grocery store. Chances are, they’ll be happy to share the name of their favorite salon, coffee shop, and the best dog park in town.
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