I never thought to compare CT to CT...ohmigosh. I must be living in one of the most disgustingly unaffordable places on Earth. Even within CT, everything cost less away from here. Only moving to NYC would increase our costs, and that's to Manhattan, not the boroughs. Ridiculous. I know a lot of it has to do with our insane taxes...CenTexLabs said:Everywhere I put in, I would have to get a serious raise. Even moving a couple hours north or south. :-\
Before I moved from NY to GA I had used the calculators available at the time. I did not find them very accurate at all. What I did have was actual bills from both locations and Georgia was much less expensive to live. Automobile,housing ,food, cellular phone, clothing were relatively equal. Energy/Utilities,fuel,taxes and insurance were much cheaper. Wages were comparable for both my wife and I, as compared to Upstate NY. I did see an 8 K difference in the "monthly" costs. NY has larger "social" programs that are funded through property and sales taxes.NY like most NE states have small cookie cutter towns and school districts that should be consolidate to avoid duplication of services. Ga had far fewer overlapping services which certainly keeps taxes lower.theoconbrio said:I used several different calculators when moving from CA to PA and back to CA again. I found them pretty inaccurate. I don't find that my cost of living is significantly different in the Bay Area than it was in Pittsburgh. (Of course, I had twice the house in Pittsburgh.) And how do you factor in things like weather and quality of life?
I hear ya, Heather. SU and I are probably going to make (almost) the same move. I can't stand the Bay Area anymore.We moved from Southern CA to Ohio and hubby got a 48% raise. I would never ever go back to CA again.
Yeah, but that increase in pay usually reflects a higher cost of living, so your extra dollars won't necessarily go as far. It's a tough call without knowing the area.kiddsmom said:
According to this, my cost of living would be lower if I moved from where I'm living now. (salary figure not mine, just a random figure)mich said:Yeah, but that increase in pay usually reflects a higher cost of living, so your extra dollars won't necessarily go as far. It's a tough call without knowing the area.kiddsmom said:
Salary in Portland OR: $50,000
Comparable salary in Abilene TX: $37,092.73
If you move from Portland OR to Abilene TX...
Groceries will cost: 26.444% less
Housing will cost: 46.642% less
Utilities will cost: 4.287% less
Transportation will cost: 11.305% less
Healthcare will cost: 14.795% less