Where I want to live

......and where I don't

This project is helping us think about where we want to live after high school and really put some of the factors into perspective. Researching things like crime and climate of the area to help influence your decision. I often forget that I actually have to go off on my own someday and I actually have to worry about things like this.
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New Hampshire

  • Crime- 1.88 crimes per 1,000 residents
  • Climate- Summers are short and cool winters are cold and long
  • Economy- 7th highest average household income in the country, agricultural outputs are dairy products, nursery stock, cattle, apples, and eggs.
  • Jobs/unemployment rate- unemployment rate is 5.4%.
  • Taxes- No general sales tax and no personal state income tax.
  • Schools- Generally good schools
  • Religion- Mostly Christian, some Muslim and Some Jewish.
  • Sports- New Hampshire does not have any teams in the NHL, NBA, NFL, or MLB but it does have some colleges in the NCAA and is close to Boston where there are many sports teams.
  • Racial Makeup- 93.9% White, 2.2% Asian, 1.1% Black, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% other.
  • Property Value- Median Home value is $207,300
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California

  • Crime- 11,970 crimes per 100,00 residents
  • Climate- Varies Widely from Mediterranean to Subarctic
  • Economy-Per capita income is $38,956
  • Jobs/unemployment rate- 8.7% unemployment rate
  • Taxes- Sales tax- Gas tax, Cigarette tax, Income Tax, Property tax
  • Schools- Schools vary depending on the area
  • Religion- Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Non-religious, Mormon.
  • Sports- Teams in the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL as well as NCAA
  • Racial Makeup- Mostly White, Hispanic, Black, or Asian.
  • Property Value- Median property value is $403,700
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Ontario Canada

  • Crime- 800 crimes per 100,000 residents
  • Climate-Long very cold winters and short summers
  • Economy- Largest economy in Canada, rich and diverse, Major imports are gas and Energy,
  • Jobs/Unemployment rate- 7.9% unemployment rate
  • Taxes- Goods and Services tax and meals tax
  • Schools- Generally good schools
  • Religion- Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, No religion
  • Sports- Hockey
  • Racial Makeup- Very diverse
  • Property Value- $298,500

Decision

After researching this all I still want to live in California. There's no way I'd ever live in Canada or stay in New Hampshire but I understand why people are always hesitant to live in California. Some parts have very high crime rates and there are a lot more earthquakes than there are here (I worry about that stuff). But the weather is beautiful and it's very diverse and close to the ocean. If I really do go to California I'll make sure to live in a more safe area. And who knows, maybe I won't like it there but you have to try it out. You can't shelter yourself your whole life. I probably wouldn't raise a family in the middle of Los Angeles but I think it'd be a cool place to live when you're young.