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Old 08-12-2008, 11:22 AM
 
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Hi, this is more of a third party question, a couple of friends of mine have been planning to move to Santa Fe for months, but have recently started rethinking their decision mainly because they're not sure about the cost of living.

I suggested to them that they consider Seattle as an alternative but Im not sure that's good advice now after looking at some stats about SF. I know these cities are two different sizes but is Santa Fe the more affordable option out of the two?
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe NM
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Santa Fe is as affordable as Seattle, if you exclude the higher housing costs and lower wages ;-}
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Seattle is more expensive.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Obviously in this case HunaHonnaGirl is doing a favor for friends, but I always find these kind of debates interesting because I couldn't imagine more different cities to compare in the way of culture, sights, environment and local economics. It's like saying: "I'm going either go with the Escalade or the Corvette, depending on what Consumer Reports says about the road noise rating. I think there are people at all socio-economic levels in both communities making their way just fine. I think stats have a place as a reference tool but I'd recommend spending a long weekend in a place you were looking to move to. There's no comparing being able to drive around and get a feel for a place. It sounds mostly like HunnaHonnaGirl's friends have a bit of the jitters which is understandable given the size of the decision. My wife does this a lot with big decisions. The slightest tidbit of news rocks her emotional leanings about a topic one way or another. The truth is, news is just news. Half the time, they're reporting such huge generalizations that it's almost worthless anyway. Consider that if you're working/living anywhere in America, you're more comfortable than most of the rest of the people you're sharing the planet with.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Yootó
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The major issue for Santa Fe is not so much the high cost of living, but the lack of opportunities for high paying jobs. You will find far more opportunity in Seattle, which is of course a big city.
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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The major issue for Santa Fe is not so much the high cost of living, but the lack of opportunities for high paying jobs. You will find far more opportunity in Seattle, which is of course a big city.
Along with a lot more competition for said jobs.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Yootó
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At least there is something there to compete over.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Houston
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At least there is something there to compete over.
Exactly, I have been to Santa Fe and love it, but can you really find work there if you are not independently weathy, an artist, restaurateur, or all of the above?
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Yootó
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You can. We also have doctors, lawyers, teachers and the like. There are just fewer of those than in other places. The jobs lacking in SF are in industry/technology. We do have a lot of jobs in food service, gift shops, hotel service and the like. Think tourism.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:07 AM
 
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If you lived in northern city or county, you could easily commute to Los Alamos which has technology jobs. But they are not doing much hiring right now.
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