Everybody dreams of packing up and starting over, but figuring out where to get that fresh start—particularly if you're not relocating with a certain job or relationship in mind—can be tricky. In fact, a found that most consider moving to be one of life's most stressful events—more anxiety-inducing than switching careers, creating a budget, or dealing with the IRS.

But it doesn't have to be. Creating a community in a whole new town can be liberating (Nobody knows about that time you ripped your pants in high school! There are all new bars and restaurants to explore! Your coastal style might finally make sense, because you now live near—or okay, within two...ish hours of—a beach!). Rather than throwing a dart at a map—or pulling an and basing your decisions on whatever city's blowing up your Instagram feed right now—read through our guide below, so you can get a feel for some of the most desirable places to live in the U.S., as well as how far your money will get you—and how to find affordable neighborhoods in bustling cities where the rent is, frankly, too damn high. It'll help you zero in on where you want to be, and what you shouldn't settle on.


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