Those which came in tops were in the Midwest - for example, Madison, Wisconsin and Lincoln, Nebraska. Here are more details from MarketWatch.
In the Northeast, the cost of housing and child care is high. In addition, who there doesn't have a long commute? A symbol of success in the Northeast is talking the train from Greenwich, Connecticut to Grand Central station in Manhattan.
In contrast, most of the Midwest is affordable. And no one really buys into the long commute. That isn't necessary since it's possible to own a house or rent near work.
In addition to not being the ideal location for family life, the Northeast may not be suited to the struggle to be a human being. From the get-go growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey to operating two businesses for decades on the Gold Coast of Connecticut, I never could embrace my humanity. That only kicked in when, in April 2014, I took the ramp on I-95 west.
In the Northeast it's perfectly okay for family, high school guidance counselors, bosses, clients, and even neighbors to impose "oughts" on just about everyone. The oughts concern appearance, brands, where to live, the imperative to be more successful, and to socialize more or not so much.
After I departed the Northeast I encountered other refugees from all that. They described the experience as "not being able to be themselves." In fact, most of them had to discover or re-discover who they were after years in the Northeast. Four years away from the scene of the crime I am finally achieving a bit of self-awareness.
Decades ago I confided to a colleague that I couldn't take the Northeast one more second. I wanted to move back to the Midwest where I had attended graduate school, the last happy lifestyle I had had.
He was blunt: Re-locate and it will hurt your businesses. The perception will be that you failed and had to leave town. At the time he was right. But, with telecommuting and my willingness not to have to max success, there are options to that kind of life.
Incidentally, those I coach over-50 have a common fantasy: Fleeing the Northeast for a cabin somewhere off the grid. As one former lawyer who had lost his license trying to keep up with the expectations of wives, colleagues, and neighbors put it, "I just want to be left alone."
An interesting book on that is "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel. For 27 years, Christopher Knight pulled that off. He made it without having to go to work, interact with neighbors, or put up with "oughts" from society.
Here, free to download and read, is my book on how to find the ramp out of one's comfort zone.
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