What’s Important to You in a Post-Transition Location?
From Austin to Colorado Springs to Seattle to Boise, there are so many U.S. cities that cater to the Veteran community in a way that makes them desirable for a post-separation dwelling. But as with each of these cities, every Veteran is different. What is it you’re looking for in a post-military location? Maybe it’s proximity to extended family, your chosen career path, or a pretty landscape. Maybe you have no idea. That’s OK. To help get you thinking, here are a few things to consider when deciding where to put down your roots and actually stay a while.
Cost of Living — This is an important one. Though Forbes ranks Seattle as one of the best places for Veterans to settle, it’s worth noting that this city also ranks as one of the most expensive in the country. This may not be a deal-breaker for you, but it’s always wise to know how much your location will cost you. In every city you consider, we recommend looking up median mortgage and rent payments, sales tax, average salaries, and school tuition rates. These are all good indicators of what your financial quality of life will be once settled.
Community — If you’re retiring and not just shifting career paths, your interests may be something you can actually plan your choice around. If you’re an outdoorsy, trail-biking, fly-fishing mountain man at heart, a look at Colorado Springs could be a good place to start your search. Likewise, if you’re more interested in a city lifestyle with art and music and restaurants, oh my, Austin could be the place for you.
Family Career Goals — If you’re in a relationship, your next move isn’t just about your career anymore. Talk to your spouse and determine what their career goals are now that you’re getting out. If they’ve had to put their dreams on hold while living the ever-mobile military life, this is a chance for them to blossom in a career track. As you have these discussions, look specifically for areas that offer the best opportunities for your spouse to reach those goals.
For more reading on where to live after the military, check out our June blog post on “10 Veteran-Friendly Cities to Consider.”