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Old 10-19-2013, 10:14 PM
 
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Boston keep popping up as one of my top 3 best places on find your spot..... I am kinda confused because my priority is COL, and Boston is more than my current location in So Cal.

Very strange.

Anywho, maybe it's because I've taken a recent liking to the Red Sox.

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:53 PM
 
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At first I thought you meant that your priority was to live in Colorado, but after re-reading your post I'm thinking you're saying cost of living has top priority. If the latter is correct, some specifics about what kind of budget you'd expect to live on would help people here be able to give you an idea whether that would be manageable in Boston.

As for Find Your Spot, those websites about finding the best place for you to live all have their advantages and disadvantages. One plus for FYS is that they ask a lot of questions about quite a few areas of a person's life. FYS ranks the suggestions they make for you on the basis of total points. They don't eliminate a place that has a feature you say doesn't matter to you; they just don't give the place any points for that characteristic. A place that gets no points for a feature you say doesn't matter to you can still rack up points because it has quite a few other characteristics you do care about.

What probably happened when you took the test was that Boston got few or no points on the category of housing cost, but racked up a lot of points on other features that fit your preferences closely. For example, if you said you preferred big cities, wanted a good choice of museums, liked snow, preferred having all the major league sports available, and would like to have beaches, lakes, mountains, and forests all fairly close, along with having good medical care and plenty of options for higher education, Boston would rack up gobs of points for all those features. That would overwhelm the fact that Boston would receive few or no points on COL if it substantially exceeded your preferred costs for housing, etc.

While I'd take those websites like FYS with a grain or two of salt, based on your results it's certainly possible that Boston is a good fit for you in a lot of ways. Ask some questions and provide some info here, and maybe we can help you determine whether Boston really fits you as well as FYS suggests, and how you might work around the COL in this area.
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