New position in another state


I'm presently working for a good, not great company and I just had an offer to go work accross the country with another company.  I wanted to get your suggestions as to how to evaluate the pros/cons on working and moving onto another company and state that I'm not familiar with...
I'd be moving with my wife and 2 young boys to the mid West.  Anyone have experience wether good or bad with this situation?  Also, I was asked about relocation offers...meaning I was asked about what I would need in order to relocate.  I also need assistance in this category as well.
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
My fairly vague and honest answer is to sit quietly and think.
Imagine that you made the move two years ago. It's hard to do but look at maps and the location around and imagine where you might be living, what the schools are like and anything else you can think of.
Now imagine that it's two years time and you didn't make the move. This one is easier as you know almost exactly what it will be like.
Try to see which future you prefer.
Moving will be a bit of a shock but it will also be exciting, especially if you're certain you will like the job.
You will make the right decision, there is no wrong one really. Hope it all goes well whatever you choose.

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Thibault - just want to say that's a great suggestion!
The cultural adjustment should be taken into consideration.  Are you in an urban area now?  If so, would the move be to another urban area, or to a rural area?  What part of the country are you in now?  Some years ago, I moved from the west to the midwest.  I've also lived in the south.  I've enjoyed each area and no matter where you move, there will be upsides and downsides.  But you need to consider those, especially if you have children.  Also, school systems, etc., will be important to you with young children.
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