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Every internet article I seem to read this time of year is a Top 10 List.
With that in mind, I am compiling my Top Ten Reasons to Move to Syracuse.

What makes me qualified to write this blog? Well, I am an expert on Syracuse.  I have lived here for four months.  I went to Fayetteville for the first time last week to get my nails done.

In all seriousness, I am very new to Central New York.  I have no family or prior ties to Syracuse.  After seven years in Chicago, I moved to Syracuse this past August.  I moved out of my high rise apartment, quit my job, and drove across the country in a U-Haul.  Now, like most moves and life changes, it was met with much fear and trepidation.  Four months later, I am happy to say I made the right decision.

  1. No TrafficI used to commute an hour each way to go 20 miles.  Add a little rain or snow, and the trip doubled.  Once I was stuck on the train for over 4 hours.  Now I walk 2 blocks to work and it’s a 15 minute drive to literally everywhere else.
  2. More disposable incomeI was surprised to find that in addition to housing being less expensive, so are the haircuts, parking, and gym memberships (if I had one).  Especially for students that take out loans, Syracuse’s cost of living makes it much more affordable.
  3. Travel Yes, there aren’t as many direct flights, but there aren’t the hour long security lines either.  Last trip, I made it from the parking garage to the gate in less than 15 minutes.  Beat that.  Plus, you can spend the $5000 a year you saved on housing to travel instead.
  4. More Free TimeWith less commuting, there is more time to develop hobbies, volunteer, take classes and actually start investing in the community.
  5. No ReservationsI made a restaurant reservation in Chicago last year.  I called two months in advance and the only available time was a Sunday at 5pm.  Not here, I can show up without reservations to popular restaurants such as Pastabilities and Alto Cinco with only a little wait.
  6. Natural BeautySyracuse has the Finger Lakes, wineries and lovely surrounding nature-scapes.
  7. Wegman’sThere is a grocery store here called “Wegmans”.  It is incredible.  You should check it out.
  8. Arts/SportsI love the Arts; my fiancé loves sports.  Fortunately, there are ample opportunities for both.
  9. Farmer’s MarketThe regional market on Saturdays is inspiring.  I bought so many peaches that I made a pie.  I don’t even know how to bake!
  10. New York CityIf you are really dying for the city life, you can always take a day trip to NYC.  Plus, when you tell people you live in New York, they assume New York City anyways.

2 Responses to “10 Reasons to Move to Syracuse – By Elizabeth Eley”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I am thinking about moving there maybe in another year I am a little scared but very tired of ny city plus I have kids and they say it,s a good place to raise kids. I also need more free time. Any suggestions on neighborhoods.

  2. Elizabeth Eley Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Sharon. So many great (and affordable) places to live. My advice would be to visit the area, the neighborhoods are close enough to see all in one day.

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