Tips On Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Move

Are you planning on moving home soon?

If so, we wish you the best of success. By following the right planning steps, you should (hopefully) reduce your stress in the process.

As part of your plans, however, it is important to consider the needs of your family when it comes to choosing the right neighborhood to move into.

It needs to be both safe and functional to their needs (as well as your own), so before picking a house to live in, you really do need to think about the location too.

Here are some tips to help you.

Formulate a picture of the perfect neighborhood

Get together with your family, and have a brainstorming session.

Raise the question: what does the perfect neighborhood look like? Then use the following questions to help you paint a picture of this nirvana location.

Will it be busy or quiet?

Especially when considering young children, you might want a place with less traffic on the road, and with less risk of stranger danger.

A neighborhood in a small town or a village might be attractive then unless your family thrives on the hustle and bustle of life in a larger town or city.

What amenities will it have?

From shopping malls to entertainment centers, you need to think about both practical and leisure needs. Consider each member of your family and what they might need and enjoy in the location you move to.

Will the community be tight-knit or relatively anonymous?

Some people love the buzz of a thriving community, while others prefer to live in an area where they are able to keep to themselves. Consider how this relates to your family.

What kind of people will live there?

With a family in tow, you might want a place populated by young families.

This way, you might increase the social life of everybody in the family. But have a think, and picture the people you and your family would enjoy living next to.

According to Houston criminal lawyer, David Breston, “knowing the crime rates in your new neighborhood and studying different parts of town can make all the difference when it comes to safety and social factors for your family.” 

What kind of neighborhood will it be?

Are you looking to move into an older neighborhood, perhaps with historical significance and specific cultural resonance?

Or would a more modern neighborhood suit your family better, perhaps along the lines of a master-planned-community such as Nocatee, that much-sought-after destination that was pioneered by a team headed by Roger O’Steen in Jacksonville?  Follow the link for an idea of the latter.  

Do your research

After formulating a picture of what the perfect neighborhood might look like, you then need to examine the possibilities open to you. When researching possible neighborhoods, you need to commit to research.

Drive around areas you are interested in

This is where you check on the amenities you listed.

You might not get everything you want, but you should try and tick off as many as possible as you explore. While driving around the area, you should also look for signs of crime. Vandalized properties and heavily secured buildings are a couple of indicators of crime in the area.

Walk around the area

To really get a feel of the area, you should also spend time exploring on foot.

You might then get a better appreciation of the types of people living there and a better understanding of the community mood, be it happy and friendly or moody and withdrawn. You will also get a better appreciation of the time and distance it takes to get to local amenities, as well as to the local school and the relevant workplaces.

And you will discover how noisy or how quiet the neighborhood is, in terms of both traffic and people. Visit at different times of the day to get a clearer picture of what the neighborhood is like.

Do a Google search

You can also do your research online, so Google crime statistics, school reviews, community news stories, tax rates, and more in the area you are considering.

If you like what you read, as well as what you have previously seen, then you may have found the right place for you.


Finding the perfect neighborhood is never going to be easy, but with thought and research, you should be able to find somewhere that closely resembles what you need for your family move. We hope our suggestions were helpful to you, but if you have any further ideas for our readers, be sure to let us know.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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