New Home, New Community: How to Fit In

Let's face it, moving to a new area can be tough. Finding new friends, schools, good restaurants, as well as a sense of community can be a full-time job on its own.

What ever happened to the neighborhood welcoming committees from years ago? As soon as you moved into a new area, the neighborhood gathered at your door, greeted you with baked apple pie and cookies, explained the ins and outs of the town and became your friends instantly. Unfortunately, these days, neighbors are more concerned with whether you have a criminal record than whether you feel at home in your new area. And in big cities, you could go years without saying a hello to the person who lives next door.

We asked our members for their tips and secrets to getting to know their way around new digs. Member Rebecca suggested: "Running a 5K or 10K in your new community is one of the best ways to meet people."

My mind says "Yes, great idea," but my body tells me there has to be an easier way. Apparently, lots of iVillagers have moved -- a lot -- and had a lot of advice to offer.

So we put six steps together for you to follow on how to make a new area your "home sweet home" in no time.

Step One: Find an email pal in your new area

"I emailed women who live in my future neighborhood and asked them about the area. I learned a lot about the area and people while making some fantastic friends." -- Tammie

(start the search in our Find an Email Buddy message board.)

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