Researching Geographic Locations

Everything about a career may seem right: the work fits your interests and abilities, people drawn to the work have similar values as yours, and the typical work environment is perfect.  There's just one problem: the available jobs tend to cluster in Silicon Valley, CA, but you're determined to pursue your love affair with New York.  Then there's the minor issue of cost of living.  Good career planning includes consideration of your geographic preferences: Do I like winter sports?  Do I prefer the four seasons?  Do I want sunshine at 80 degrees, 24/7, 365 days of the year?  Do I need to hear the ocean's roar each morning?  Do your research!