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The 6 C’s of City Research for New Assignments
Landing a contract in a new city can be overwhelming. There is much to do before beginning your assignment such as double checking all documents are ready to go, packing, and coordinating living arrangements. When you first land a contract, it is important to do research on the city. This will not only help you become familiar with the city, but will also help you learn your commute, the location of important stores such as the grocery store, and what to expect during the time of the year of your assignment. It is recommended to move in at least a week before your assignment to better familiarize yourself with your new location. Read on to learn more about what things to research before moving to your new city.
1 – Commute
One of the first things you should research before moving is the location of the facility you will be working at. Be sure to use Google Maps or a similar application to view your route and distance between your new home and facility. This will give you a better idea of how long your commute is and which route to take to arrive on time. When you first move to your new place, do a test run of your routine to get a feel for traffic and if you need to leave earlier than expected.
2 – Cost of Living
Another thing to research before moving is the cost of living in your new town. This will give you a better idea of what the price of gas, groceries, and other expenses will cost compared to where you live now. There is a very useful website, www.bestplaces.net, that allows you to search and compare cities to see how prices differ between the two. For instance, if you currently reside in Appleton, WI and you are moving to Phoenix, AZ for an assignment, you can use that website to view the difference between population, income, housing, and average commute time. This not only gives you more information on your new town but can also be helpful when it comes to saving and spending money while there.
3 – Climate
Depending on when your assignment is, it may be helpful to view the weather to ensure you pack accordingly. For example, if you are coming from a sunny state to the Mid-West in the fall or springtime, you may not be used to the cooler temperatures. Or if you are moving to Seattle, you may want to pack a raincoat since it is known for rainy weather. Wherever your assignment is, make sure to look at their weather so you have an idea of what to expect while there.
4 – Crime Rate
Along with the cost of living, you may also want to check out the crime rate, especially in your new neighborhood. Just about any city has crime, and typically the more populated, the higher the crime rate. Viewing crime rates will give you a better idea of what activity happens on or near your street, along with what times these activities typically occur. You will have a better understanding on how to protect yourself and keep yourself safe during your assignment.
5 – Culture
Culture is a fun topic to do research on for your new city. Before moving, spend some time learning about popular foods, restaurants, or sayings said by the townspeople. What is unique about that city? For example, in Michigan, they call a water fountain that you find in schools a “drinking fountain”, whereas in Wisconsin they call it a “bubbler.” Wisconsin is also known for supper clubs, which are a unique and fun dinner that everyone should experience. With that being said, be sure to learn about the culture of your new city and state. You may find yourself picking up new sayings or find a new way to make a favorite meal of yours!
6 – Community
Lastly, you should research the community. What is your new town known for? What festivals or events take place? Some cities have a farmers’ market that occurs every weekend during the summer/fall season. Be sure to check out local events that take place during your assignment. Take the opportunity to learn more about the town and meet locals. Another great way to be a part of the community is to volunteer. On your next day off, work at a local shelter or animal rescue. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help others in need.
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