We live at a time when Americans are packing up and moving with increasing frequency.Some are moving for new opportunities, some are moving in anticipation of what is coming, and others are moving just because they are bored. As the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News, I am frequently asked to give my opinion about a potential move. Of course I often don’t know what to say, because often factors that I don’t fully understand are involved in the decision. For example, someone may be moving somewhere truly horrible for a wonderful new job, or complex family relationships are precipitating a move. But there are some general principles that I share with people, and I will be sharing some of them with you in this article.
If you do a Google search, you will find that most lists of “best places to live” focus on major cities, but often the best place to live within a certain geographic area is far away from a major population center. And obviously my choices have a lot more to do with quality of life and sustainability during the coming crisis years than with things like “employment opportunities” or “entertainment options”.
With all that being said, here are my choices for the best places to live in all 50 U.S. states…
Alabama – The coast is always tempting if you like the water, but we have all seen what hurricanes have done to the area around Mobile. If I had to choose some place to live in the state, I think that I would focus up north near the Tennessee border. There are more fresh water resources up north, and the Huntsville economy has been doing relatively well in recent years.
Alaska – I have always had a fondness for Juneau, but would probably rule it out for practical reasons. It is quite isolated and it is way too close to the water. In the years to come it will pay to be away from the ocean and from the major volcanoes, and so somewhere around Anchorage would probably be my choice.
Arizona – Even though my good friend John Shorey may disagree, I actually don’t like Arizona much at all. Phoenix is way too overcrowded, Tucson is way too hot, and Sedona is way too crazy. If I had to live in Arizona, I would definitely find somewhere with water, because water resources are going to be at a premium during the years ahead.
Arkansas – Even though Wal-Mart is headquartered there, northwest Arkansas is a lovely area. Once you get away from Fayetteville there are lots of open areas, and fresh water is fairly abundant. Crime is relatively low, but there is some around. The key is to find a good community.