You hear about oilfield boomtowns everywhere in the media, some outlets even going so far as to compare them to a modern-day Wild West. The thought of actually moving to one of these towns can be daunting and the entire moving process can be overwhelming. Who should you talk to? Where will you go? Will you find housing? Will there be prostitutes and thugs on every street corner? What are the schools like? Never fear! Real Oilfield Wives are here!
Do Your Homework
One of the best ways to get information is from actual people themselves. Do some investigating. Talk to men and women who actually live in the area you will be moving to. Don’t always listen to what you hear in the media -most of it is going to be over-glorified hoopla. Yes, I just said hoopla. Does that age me?
hoop·la (h p lä , h p -): Extravagant publicity.
The oilfield wives pages on Facebook are a great source of knowledgeable women in different areas of the country. My favorite is Real Oilfield Wives, but then again, I’m a little biased. Other notable pages: Oilfield Wives and Oilfield Wives and Mommies. There are a ton of smaller groups out there, too, dedicated to specific areas. Looking to start a private group? Check out our forums and groups area. Heading towards the Bakken boom? Check out the adventures of one woman as she adjusts to life in Williston, ND.
City-data.com is a great website to find statistical information on cities throughout the United States. Our family decided to make a move further south a few years ago, and I actually based our town choice off of the wealth of information I found on this website! We ended up moving to Fruita, Colorado and we loved every minute of it! Hello, sunshine, gorgeous scenery and mild temperatures! You will also find all the information you could ever need on households, crime rates, pollution, etc.
If you are a parent, the available schools for your children probably factor in to where you move. On GreatSchools.org, you can explore schools throughout the country, view local information, rate your current schools, as well as view how other parents have rated and reviewed schools you are considering during your potential move.
If possible, before you commit to the move, take time and visit the area you are planning on moving to. See the city for yourself and make sure it feels like a good match.