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Old 03-30-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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If you come to Calgary from NYC, LA, London, Tokyo or even Detroit then Calgary would definitely be considered a small town. It only has one Ikea and you can count on one hand how many grocery stores are open 24/7. It's all relative. Calgary still has that small town vibe (both good and bad) while having a big city economy.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Back & Forth
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Once you have your budget in place, all of your questions will be answered.

But I can give you an average, based on ours and friends budgets. This may be high or low compared to others.

Monthly Budgets:

Gas: 1 SUV, driven downtown 5 days per week comes to an approx. average $250 per month.

Transit Pass: is approx. $100 for an adult per month Calgary Transit Website

Car Insurance: This will again vary on your vehicle and driver history, but budget for $150 per car. I'm sure others can offer more insight on that then I can.

Utilities: This will vary greatly depending on the size of your house, age & use, but safely budget for $300 per month. That should include, heat, water & electricty. $300 should cover you in the winter months, and your bill will likely be a lot lower in the summer months. Again, this is our experience. Some people will have much higher bills and lower if they live in smaller/bigger homes. No need for A/C in Calgary!! Evenings cool off.

House Rent: I'm sure you can find something under $1800 for your family. You can find a lot lower and a lot higher too. rentfaster.com

Medical: This *should* be covered from your employer. You may have out of pocket expenses for dental & vision.

Education: Public schools are "free" with lots of extra costs for books, programs, field trips ect.

Cell Phones, TV Cable, Internet - these prices will vary on what you choose, but average $60 for each service per month. We are very lean on these items so I can't offer too much insight.

Also, a word of caution - you will see & read that the NE is less desirable, but honestly, its still a great place to live for many. Calgary's version of less desirable is still very desirable for others coming from all over the world and from much bigger cities.

These are all my own opinions based on my own experiences.

Feel free to ask more questions as you go.

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Hey All,

I am planning to move to Calgary with my family.
To give you a background, we are currently living in Tokyo, Japan.
My wife is an MBA degree holder with specialization in HR. My son 3 yr old goes to school. He was diagonized with mild symptoms of autism.

My work location will be SW though I plan to rent a house in NE. I searched & found few houses available in Temple, Harvest Hills, & Taradale. Google maps indicate that commutation would take 30 min one way, so that shouldn't be an issue as in Tokyo it takes hours to travel. I don't have the salary details yet hence i can not think of budget for the expenses. I was browsing through past threads to find answers to all my questions but as you would know the everyone's requirement is unique! Hence posting few questions.

So on to my questions

1. Which area would you recommend in NE?
2. What would the steps to be followed for my wife to get a job?
3. Recommended Montessorie schools in or around NE?
4. What support facilities are available for families in need of help w.r.t. Autism Spectrum Disorder?
5. How much would be monthly expense for a family of 3 with main expenses as House Rent, Medical Insurance, Education, Utilities, Gasoline, Car Insurance etc?


Thank you in advance
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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If you come to Calgary from NYC, LA, London, Tokyo or even Detroit then Calgary would definitely be considered a small town. It only has one Ikea and you can count on one hand how many grocery stores are open 24/7. It's all relative. Calgary still has that small town vibe (both good and bad) while having a big city economy.
Detroit? I lived in Detroit and much of Detroit proper is empty. There are 6 lane roads you can walk across in rush hour. There are skyscrapers that are empty in downtown (including old hotels). Take a trip down West Robinwood in Detroit if you want to see the worst of the city.

There has been some great growth in the Cass (now called Midtown) but they are small pockets of organic growth and will never return Motown to it's glory days.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Kingston, ON
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If you come to Calgary from NYC, LA, London, Tokyo or even Detroit then Calgary would definitely be considered a small town. It only has one Ikea and you can count on one hand how many grocery stores are open 24/7. It's all relative. Calgary still has that small town vibe (both good and bad) while having a big city economy.
The city of Calgary is actually larger in population than the city of Detroit.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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The city of Calgary is actually larger in population than the city of Detroit.
Actually Metro Detroit is like 3 times bigger.
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