America’s Finest Cities: 3 Fantastic Places To Live In The U.S.

If you’re thinking of moving away soon, then you should consider all your options. Of course, some people move to where they find a job or educational opportunity. But if you’re just looking for a change of scene, you should move to the best location possible.

The States are full of unique and attractive places to live. Property prices can be high in some of these areas, but it’s worth it for the scenery and local attractions. Whether you’re looking for a place to retire to, or just want the nicest house possible, here are some of the best places to live.

San Diego, California

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San Diego is one of California’s finest cities. It’s rife with employment opportunities – the tech, healthcare, and military industries in particular. It’s also ideal for nature lovers, with many mountains and regional parks nearby.

If you want warm weather all year round, excellent beaches, and affordable living, then you should discover San Diego and what it has to offer. Fancy areas of California like Orange County and Los Angeles may get more recognition, but San Diego gives you more bang for your buck.

It’s a fantastic place to raise children, with schools and parks everywhere. It’s also a wonderful place for young couples and bachelors, with tons of entertaining things to do and an excellent quality of life.

Columbus, Ohio

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Those looking for somewhere with cheap costs of living and a strong cultural identity need look no further than Columbus. The capital of Ohio is the fifteenth most populated city in America. Although it continues to grow, it still has one of the lowest rental prices in the United States.

Columbus has also received praise for being one of America’s smartest cities. A lot of this can be attributed to the popular Ohio State University- one of America’s largest schools. It also has a low unemployment rate, with plenty of opportunities in various fields.

Sports fans will love Columbus- people love to root for the Buckeyes. It’s also excellent for arts, culture, and cuisine, making it a fantastic place to live. It may not get the fanfare of some other big cities, but it’s well worth considering.

Seattle, Washington

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Seattle is a fast-growing and modern city with a unique atmosphere. It’s becoming a valuable area for the tech industry, with many major companies like Apple and Google setting up offices there. It’s also rife with startups, making it ideal for anyone interested in running a small business.

In fact, the area is so sought-after that rental prices are growing faster than any other city in the US. The financial implications might put off young people- but it’s a great place to invest in a house and raise a family.

It’s great for culture. There are a ton of music venues- after all, bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam were born here. It’s also surrounded by nature, making it a prime spot for outdoors lovers. Those who like to travel will enjoy living here. It’s just below the Canadian border, so visiting Vancouver is a breeze. It’s not too far from California or Nevada either, so there are some great vacation opportunities.

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Three Important Areas Of Your Home That You Need To Pay Attention To Today

For many people, decorating is a big passion. Sure, you can buy a house. But it takes a lot more than just putting your keys in the door to truly make a house a home. Most of us want to bring our own personality into a property, as this is what truly makes the majority of people feel comfortable in a property. So, naturally, this involves a lot of trinket and art buying, as well as the purchasing of soft interiors like cushions. But due to this fixation with adding more and more decorative things to our homes, many of us forget about certain really important things. For example, you might spend $200 on new gadgets and decor for your recently upgraded bathroom. But could that $200 actually have been put towards something more substantial, such as a new floor? Here are the top three neglected home features that deserve some love too.

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Carpets/flooring

As mentioned above, one thing that many of us forget about completely is the flooring in our home. When you move somewhere new, especially if you have bought the property, you should try to remember to ask the owner when the current flooring was put in. As far as laminate flooring goes, it is difficult to predict its exact lifespan as it can vary hugely depending on how well it is cared for. But, experts say it can generally last between 15 and 25 years. When it comes to carpets, you can usually tell when they need to be replaced due to their appearance. Stains, matting and ruching can all be signs that your carpet needs updating. But it is also worth checking for odours and mold growing under the carpet too. If you find any, it is best to rip the whole thing out as soon as possible to prevent the carpet becoming infected.

Roofing

The roof of our home is arguably one of the most important parts of a property – however it is usually one that we don’t tend to pay much attention to. Typically, a good quality asphalt roof will last between twenty and thirty years depending on its condition. But there are some scenarios where you may want to think about getting your roof replaced early – such as if the shingles have started to curl, or if your roof is covered in moss and algae. But if your current roof is still in an acceptable condition, you may be able to prolong its life by applying Roof Coatings.

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Walls

Another feature of our homes that we tend to take for granted is the exterior walls. The outside of your home is exposed to the elements day in, day out. So, it only makes sense that we show it a bit of care in order to keep it looking good and to keep it protecting us too. The best way to keep the exterior of your home in good shape is to get it rendered. This essentially means applying a protective coating to the walls that still allows the house to ‘breathe’. Remove any old or redundant rendering before starting afresh, and then paint over the top in your desired color. Getting the basics of your home right can save you a lot of money and hassle in the future, so don’t delay in getting them sorted.

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Which Are The Hottest Industries For Startups Right Now?

We’re in the midst of something of a startup boom at the moment. More people than ever before are starting their own companies, hoping to hit the big time. But in amongst this frenzy of entrepreneurial activity are some industries that are doing particularly well according to Forbes. No doubt if you want to be an entrepreneur yourself, you want to know what these industries are. Let’s take a look.

Street Food Vendors

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We’ve seen a lot of creative restaurant ideas come from people who started as street vendors. But now the street vending industry itself – if you can call it that – is experiencing dramatic growth. Thanks to the number of people who are giving it a go. Street vendors are expecting their revenues to grow by more than 3.7 percent over the next five years, bringing the total value of the industry up to $1.7 billion. The increase in demand for convenience food on the street corner is being driven by consumer’s desire for unique and interesting food that’s cheap and easily accessible. Thus, the advice to street vendors right now is to create a menu that is interesting. Of course, metropolitan areas have seen the growth in street vendors for many years not, but analysts at IBIS expect that street food is going to start showing up in more places than just on street corners in places like New York. Profit margins are currently running at 23 percent for the industry by the latest figures.

Wineries

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The alcoholic beverage industry has been growing strongly recently, despite public health attempts to restrict the amount of wine and beer people are consuming. But the strongest area of growth isn’t in the big manufacturers  – it’s the small-scale, craft wineries that are creating the biggest buzz. It turns out that consumers want something a little more interesting than the commercially produced wine when they decide to spend their disposable income. They want something that is unique and will bring a new and authentic experience. Of course, part of the booming popularity of craft wines is the fact that in many metropolitan areas, disposable income is on the rise. It’s an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get into wine-making and to make a lot of money. IBIS says that the profit margin in the industry is 7.6 percent and that annual revenues are growing by more than 5 percent a year.

Ethnic Supermarkets

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Ethnic supermarkets import foods and brands specific to a particular culture and sell them on in a cosmopolitan market. With mass immigration and changing food culture in the West, these ethnic stores are becoming a lot more common and more in demand. According to IBIS, cultural food stores have experienced “tremendous” growth, with Asians and Hispanics driving much of that growth in the US. According to the latest figures, something like 98 percent of ethnic supermarkets serve these groups. Currently, the industry’s revenues are growing at an impressive 3.7 % per annum. Back in 2011, the last time figures were available, profit margins were running at 2.8 percent.

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Choosing Somewhere To Eat – What You Should Consider

Whether you are travelling or in your hometown, being able to choose a decent place to eat is a surprisingly useful skill. And if you are a keen amateur food critic, then you can have fun trying out different restaurants to see how they compare. The fact is, there are a few different qualities which you might want to consider during this process. As long as you are aware of what those are, it is much more likely that your choice will always be one that you are happy with. If you are going out to eat with someone else, it might be even more important that you make the right decision. Either way, let’s take a look at some of the major things that you should consider when you are choosing somewhere to eat.

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Location

This first one might not sound so important, but it is actually surprisingly so. The location of the restaurant has a significant effect on the overall experience, and that is worth bearing in mind. When you are choosing restaurants, make sure that it is somewhere not too out-of-the-way. This doesn’t mean, of course, that you should always stay central, but you should at least take it on board in your decision. Even think about things like parking and what is nearby. All of this is part of the experience, and as such it all needs consideration.

Price Range

Often, it looks as though good food has to break the bank. However, this is not the case. No matter what kind of food you are after, there is no particular reason that you need to bankrupt yourself to find a decent example of it! One of the most valuable things (literally) you will learn by trying out different establishments is that you can get a huge amount of varied meals without paying through the nose for them. As such, this is definitely something that you should consider in your quest for the ideal restaurant. Of course, sometimes you might feel a bit rich – in which case, knock yourself out – go somewhere fancy.

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Cleanliness

Again, while it might not be the first thing you think of, it makes a huge difference to your overall experience. As soon as you step into a restaurant which is not well cleaned, you know it, and it can often ruin your meal immediately. The cleanliness of a restaurant is the kind of thing you would like to be a given – but it is not, and you should remember that when you are choosing somewhere to eat. You can soon tell by telltale signs whether or not a place is clean – if it isn’t, consider going elsewhere.

Quality Of Menu

Finally, we come to one of the more obvious things to consider. It goes without saying that you want to end up with a meal which you will enjoy as much as possible. As such, start to compare the local restaurants in your area, and get to develop a sense for what is good quality food and what could be improved.

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