The other day, I had a long conversation with a younger relative about the decision making process that Sarah and I went through to decide where we currently live (on the edge of a town in rural Iowa). Why did we end up choosing to live here? What was the thought process in that decision?

After the conversation, it occurred to me that this might make for a really useful article for some people, so what follows is the conversation rewritten into a sensible article.

The Five Criteria

For us, there were five criteria that helped us decide where we wanted to live.

The first criteria was proximity to work. Sarah and I wanted to minimize our total commute, if possible. Not only does this save time, it also saves us money on reduced fuel costs.

In a practical sense, that either means living midway between our workplaces or living in a place where at least one of us has access to mass…

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