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Find the ideal city for you to live and work

Find the ideal city for you to live and work
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You've probably seen those websites or Facebook games where you find the ideal city for you to live in, or retire. They ask a handful of questions, like the types of climate you like, your age and your family size. Then, just like an online dating site, your matches suddenly pop up.

But, instead of a potential spouse, your matches are cities as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Chicago and Seattle. That's fun, but what if you're seriously trying to find the best city for you to live in, and work in? For that, you need a much deeper dive into the criteria that's important to you.

A helpful and fun site called Teleport can help with that. Its questions start with the basics, like your budget, income, the number of bedrooms you'll need, and your current location and job.

But there are also criteria for cost of living, the job market, commute times, tax rates, population size, education, pollution and much more. Within each criterion, there are more detailed questions. For instance, under population you can choose the size of the city you'd like to live in, including "Up to 500,000" people, or "Megacity."

You'll see a long list of cities around the world pop up, to the right of your selected criteria. Next to each city are two important features to help you decide where to live and work. First is a rainbow-colored chart that's called a Match Score. It shows each criterion you selected, in a different color.

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