Thousands of people relocate each year without doing any research on the city they are relocating to. As a result they find a lot of unexpected surprises when they get there.
I have known several people who relocated to Atlanta, Georgia without doing any research about the city. They relocated based solely on news articles that hype Atlanta and comments from friends. Many news articles constantly report that Atlanta is the place to be if you are looking for a job, and it is also the place to be for those who want affordable housing and first class entertainment. Unfortunately, these reports are not fully true.
Although the city of Atlanta does have a good job market, the majority of jobs are in specific fields and industries. So if a person relocating to Atlanta does not have the training or experience in these industries or fields, it will be hard for them to find a job. And in order to sustain themselves while they look for full time employment, they will probably have to register with a temporary staffing agency. This can be quite an unexpected surprise and reality for someone who relocated to Atlanta thinking they would find a good paying job right away that paid at least $40,000 per year. Instead, they find themselves earning $12 an hour working a temporary/contract assignment.
I have also read about people relocating to Atlanta without researching the housing market. Because Atlanta is a southern city they assume that everything is cheap, including housing. While homes in Atlanta are cheaper than homes in other major cities like New York and Los Angeles, the average price of a home in a decent neighborhood starts at $250,000 and up. This might not seem like a lot of money for a person coming from San Jose or San Francisco, but it is a lot of money for someone relocating from a city like Columbus, Ohio or Raleigh, North Carolina.
It might be hard to believe, but there are a lot of people who relocate to Hollywood, California without doing any research. As you have probably guessed, many of these people move to Hollywood to get into the acting field. There are two important things these people don’t realize however, and that is it takes time to land an acting role, and Hollywood, California is a very expensive to live, especially if you don’t have a high paying job. This is the reason why many aspiring actors who move to the area without doing any research first, often end up working as retail clerks and waiters in order to eat and keep a roof over their heads.
Relocating to another city can be exciting, but it is important to do your research about job opportunities and affordable places to live.