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Old 06-13-2017, 05:25 PM
 
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In other words, you can actually live off $100k!
Well of course you can, it just won't be the lifestyle one normally expects with six figure income.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:50 PM
 
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If anyone cares, I declined the position even when offered a much higher salary than expected. I find the COL in your area simply outrageous and not worth it by most measures. The supposed gains of an intellectual or liberal area to be had if any I found are minimal (I am pretty liberal) and I found myself completely unimpressed in the week I spent there. In Houston, I am already surrounded by top Cancer researchers in the country with actual hands-on evidence of success. I felt that I was being talked up by unhappy snake oil salesman the entire time I was there. I strongly suspect that these costs make people generally unhappy there.


To each their own.
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:29 AM
 
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If anyone cares, I declined the position even when offered a much higher salary than expected. I find the COL in your area simply outrageous and not worth it by most measures. The supposed gains of an intellectual or liberal area to be had if any I found are minimal (I am pretty liberal) and I found myself completely unimpressed in the week I spent there. In Houston, I am already surrounded by top Cancer researchers in the country with actual hands-on evidence of success. I felt that I was being talked up by unhappy snake oil salesman the entire time I was there. I strongly suspect that these costs make people generally unhappy there.


To each their own.
You made the right choice. Many of us are only happy here because we have relatives in the area or have moved here before the cost of living got so crazy. At this point when people ask me if they should move to Boston, the answer is usually no.
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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If anyone cares, I declined the position even when offered a much higher salary than expected. I find the COL in your area simply outrageous and not worth it by most measures. The supposed gains of an intellectual or liberal area to be had if any I found are minimal (I am pretty liberal) and I found myself completely unimpressed in the week I spent there. In Houston, I am already surrounded by top Cancer researchers in the country with actual hands-on evidence of success. I felt that I was being talked up by unhappy snake oil salesman the entire time I was there. I strongly suspect that these costs make people generally unhappy there.


To each their own.
I've lived in both metros and prefer Boston. It's. Moot point because this is one of the few places both my wife and I can get good jobs. Houston would work for me, not her. Also my wife would hate Houston.

COL in Boston is about 70% higher than Houston. Housing is 130% higher. Unless you were offered a salary bump in that range, you probably made a wise decision.
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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You made the right choice. Many of us are only happy here because we have relatives in the area or have moved here before the cost of living got so crazy. At this point when people ask me if they should move to Boston, the answer is usually no.
It gets harder and harder for me to actually recommend anyone move here unless you're under 25 or have a top 20% salary. If that's not you, you can find another place that's much better and more reasonable.

Thanks op for following up. Always interesting to see what people end up doing.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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If anyone cares, I declined the position even when offered a much higher salary than expected. I find the COL in your area simply outrageous and not worth it by most measures. The supposed gains of an intellectual or liberal area to be had if any I found are minimal (I am pretty liberal) and I found myself completely unimpressed in the week I spent there. In Houston, I am already surrounded by top Cancer researchers in the country with actual hands-on evidence of success. I felt that I was being talked up by unhappy snake oil salesman the entire time I was there. I strongly suspect that these costs make people generally unhappy there.


To each their own.
I am very glad that you told us the outcome, so thank you for that. It sounds like you are happy in Houston and have found an area that suits you. I think you're being a little hard on Boston, though. My husband and I are very happy here and I love being in an intellectual/liberal area, because the area where we moved from was not at all that way.

I don't think people are generally unhappy here, but you are correct that the housing prices are a genuine area of concern. I have a hard time picturing "unhappy snake oil salesman" as trying to get you here with some kind of deception. I think there are a sufficient number of people who are happy to locate here and that Boston has enough to offer that they don't have to lie.

It's certainly not for everyone, and MA is different from TX. You probably made a good decision.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:27 AM
 
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I don't think people are generally unhappy here, but you are correct that the housing prices are a genuine area of concern. I have a hard time picturing "unhappy snake oil salesman" as trying to get you here with some kind of deception. I think there are a sufficient number of people who are happy to locate here and that Boston has enough to offer that they don't have to lie.
People who live in Newton are usually happy, because after all they have enough money to live there.
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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If anyone cares, I declined the position even when offered a much higher salary than expected. I find the COL in your area simply outrageous and not worth it by most measures. The supposed gains of an intellectual or liberal area to be had if any I found are minimal (I am pretty liberal) and I found myself completely unimpressed in the week I spent there. In Houston, I am already surrounded by top Cancer researchers in the country with actual hands-on evidence of success. I felt that I was being talked up by unhappy snake oil salesman the entire time I was there. I strongly suspect that these costs make people generally unhappy there.


To each their own.

I find the COL in your area simply outrageous and not worth it by most measures.

I agree.

Some examples: POS homes and their cost:

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...-44893#photo21

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...3-11930#photo6

https://www.trulia.com/property/3274...ntree-MA-02184

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Old 07-15-2017, 10:38 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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People who live in Newton are usually happy, because after all they have enough money to live there.
So your position is that anyone who doesn't live in Newton is unhappy?
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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So your position is that anyone who doesn't live in Newton is unhappy?
I don't think that was the implication. The logic chain is:

rich people are happy in greater Boston AND you have to be rich to live in newton => people in Newton are happy
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