Where I Want to Live!

Where I Want to Live

When I graduate from college, I am going to have to decide were I will live and raise my family. I am debating between staying here in New Hampshire where I have lived all of my life, or move to Texas where I would have more opportunities. I am going to have to think about this decision for a few more years before I decide.

New Hampshire

Crime- 3rd Safest State, 991 Crime Index

Economy- Almost Fully Recovered From the Great Recession

Taxes- Average Tax Rate - 13.44%, Income Tax - 5%

Schools- 10th Best Education State in US, 1.19% Dropout Rate

Climate- Average Temperature in January - 46 F. Average Temperature in July - 70 F

Jobs/ Unemployment Rate- 5.1% Unemployment Rate ( Goal 3.5% )

Recreation Available- Hiking, Skiing, Boating, ATVing, Camping, Fishing, Hunting

Property Values and Income- Average House Value $245,600, Median Income - $64,925

Sports in Area- Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Baseball, Football, Field Hockey,

Racial Makeup- 93% White, 2% Hispanic/ Latino, 2% Asian, 3% Other

New Hampshire Overall

New Hampshire is a great place to live. I love living here and I am glad that i grew up here. New Hampshire is the third safest state in the country. There are not many taxes here in New Hampshire but when there are, they are not very big. Our Schools are also some of the best in the country. Our schools are rated number 10 out of the whole country. One of New Hampshire's biggest down falls is its climate. The climate her in New Hampshire is very cold especially in the winter. Overall New Hampshire is a great place to live,

Ontario, Canada

Crime - Lowest of all Providences, 5,689 per 100,000 People

Economy - Rich and diverse, Largest in Canada

Taxes - 5.05% Income Tax

Schools - 99% literacy Rate, 83% Graduation Rate

Climate -Mostly Cold, Ranges from -4 C to 22 C Year Round.

Jobs/ Unemployment Rate - 10.1% Unemployment Rate

Recreation Available - Fishing, Camping, Canoeing, Skiing, Hunting

Property Values and Income - Average Property Value - $298,500, Average Income - $76,000

Sports in Area - Curling, Hockey, Basketball, Canadian Football, Lacrosse

Racial Makeup - 75.4% White, 17.4% Asian, 4.5% Back, 2.7% Other

Ontario, Canada Overall

Overall Canada would not be my first chose if I had to move. It would be a lot colder year round than here in the US but similar activities and sports are offered. Canada has a lot different ways of handling taxes than the US does. The education is very close to the US education systems as it has around the same dropout rates. Overall Canada wouldn't be my first chose if I had to move because I would not want to move somewhere colder.

Texas

Crime - .0377% Crime Rate

Economy - 14th Largest Economy in the World

Taxes - More Than 60 Different Taxes, 1.81% Property Tax

Schools - 12th Best Education State in US, 86% Graduation Rate

Climate - Hot and Humid or Hot and Dry Also Parts in Tornado Alley

Jobs/ Unemployment Rate - 6.2% Unemployment Rate

Recreation Available - Camping, Fishing, Kite Boarding, Birding, Hiking, Hunting

Property Values and Income - Median Property Value - $189,900 Average Income - $49,646

Sports in Area - Football, Baseball, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheer Leading, Lacrosse, Soccer

Racial Makeup - 45.3% White, 37.6% Hispanic, 11.5% Black, 5.6% Other

Texas Overall

Overall I think Texas would be a pretty good place to live. The climate is a good temperature and there seems to be a lot to do. The economy in Texas is amazing because of the amount of oil that they have. There are a lot of taxes in Texas but they are not very high. The schooling system is very good and has a pretty good graduation rate. Overall Texas would be a pretty good place to live.

Final Decision

In the end, i am stuck between staying here in New Hampshire or moving off to Texas. Here in New Hampshire, I have almost all of my family and I love living here. The climate is so so but it is something that I can handle. In Texas, there would be a lot more opportunities so me in the engineering field. I would like to do something with petroleum engineering and in order to do that, I would need to move to a place that has oil. Texas does have some areas that are not desert and would allow me to feel like I am still in New Hampshire but a warmer climate. In the end, I am still going to have to think about what I would like to do when i graduate from college.

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