I've been discussing this with my pre-converts/converts for selecting their Jewish communities. I would like feedback on various communities that my readers live in. I'm including my list of things to consider for the readers, as well.
There are different factors that make different areas ideal for each person.
What kind of Jew you become plays into this.
Things to consider:
Am I comfortable financially, or do I need something more affordable?
Will I have a vehicle? Or do I need to be on the subway?
Will I want to be around modern people, medium strict people or really strict
How to I feel about being around sephardim?
How much commute might I want to make?
What kind of work do I do? Some jobs are concentrated in Manhattan but, others
are concentrated in the outer boros (like teachers and therapists)?
Do I want a lawn and a backyard? Or to be in a high rise? How about a co-op? Do
I want/need a doorman?
Do I want to be around young, old, a mixture or don't care?
If you consider yourself a Chabadnick, do you want to live in Crown Heights?
Do you want to live in a small community, big community or something in between?
There are communities made up of one shul, 6, 38, or over 200. The size of a
community is something to consider.
Do you want kosher grocery shopping right there or would you shop at a regular
store and supplement that with trips to another area for meat and maybe cheese?
If you are going to be married Jewishly in that neighborhood, do you need a
mikvah right there or would you want to travel to it?
If you aren't finished with your process, do you need a rabbi within the
community or would want to travel to meet with one?
What kind of women's role do you want? Some areas women never go to shul others
they are expected as much as the men.