Real Estate

Small cities offer a chance to start over

comp:000052db8638:0000001f8e:5824 0 <p>By Paul Tooher<br /><br />Whether it&rsquo;s for personal or economic reasons, sometimes you just need to get a fresh start, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.<br /><br />Sure, Crystal Lake is relatively tranquil, but it&rsquo;s still a part of Chicagoland, the third-largest metropolitan area in the country with more than 9.5 million residents. <br /><br />But where can you find a relatively small city that still offers plenty of opportunities and amenities?<br /><br />According to a report published by credit card comparison website <a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/start-over-small.html">CreditDonkey</a>, Charleston, S.C., is the best small city in American for those seeking to chart a new course.<br /><br />The report noted that Charleston&rsquo;s unemployment rate is below the national average, while income growth is pegged at 2.3 percent. And for those looking for a fresh start personally as well as professionally, the report notes that Charleston is home to a large percentage of single adults.<br /><br />Madison, Wis., ranks second on the list. As both the state capital and home of the state university&rsquo;s main campus, the city consistently boasts a low unemployment rate, along with a high percentage of single residents.<br /><br />Other small cities making CreditDonkey&rsquo;s top 10 list include Durham, N.C.; Provo, Utah; Jackson, Miss.; Greenville, S.C.; Des Moines, the capital and most populous city in Iowa, Omaha, Neb.; Albany, N.Y.; and Ogden, Utah.<br /><br />Millions of Americans opted to make a move last year.<br /><br />According to the <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/mobility_of_the_population/cb13-192.html">U.S. Census Bureau</a>, 35.9 million Americans, or 11.7 percent of the population, moved between 2012 and 2013. That&rsquo;s down from 12 percent in 2012.<br /><br />&ldquo;Relatively few of these movers traveled long distances,&rdquo; said David Ihrke, a demographer with the Census Bureau's Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch. &ldquo;In fact, nearly two-thirds stayed in the same county.&rdquo;<br /><br />Renters were far more likely to move than homeowners, the report stated.<br /><br />The most common reasons for moving were <a href="http://www.zillow.com/des-moines-ia/">housing-related</a> (48 percent). Family-related and employment-related reasons followed, at 30.3 percent and 19.4 percent, respectively.<br /><br />The Northeast had the lowest mover rate, followed by the Midwest, the South and the West, the bureau reported.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p>
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