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Old 01-23-2018, 12:38 AM
 
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Key is to find a growing area with lots of space. Take Atlanta and Charlotte for Example, Lots of well paying jobs with very affordable housing and relatively low cost of living. Great areas to live.
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:55 PM
 
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Earning $70k in Knoxville is far more impressive than $150k in San Fran. Its never the absolute # that counts but the relative #.
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Exeter, NH
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Pretty much any area with well-paying jobs has a very high cost of living. Exceptions are exotic destinations where rich people go to play, or where lots of retirees bring their money with them.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:01 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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I pay developers, architects, data scientists, etc in Ohio the same amount I pay people in Silicon Valley and Seattle. All market rate based on the position anywhere in the US. COL is much higher on the coast than Cleveland or Columbus. Yet many people chose to live on the coast (atleast until they start to have kids - then they head back to wherever they came from where the COL is much lower).

I don't see anywhere in the US where COL and the pay for the same job are related. A project manager, for instance, with 10 years of experience will get paid $X no matter where they live. Now, they may have different successes in finding that job given the size of the job market, but they will get paid the same.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:23 AM
 
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the company i worked for has offices in long island , brooklyn , new jersey , CT , rhode island , the finger lake region in ny and ohio .

the market pay is different in all locations . ohio earns a fraction of long island wages .
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:44 AM
 
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Higher income drives the cost of goods and services up and perhaps most importantly increases the targeted income level of stores etc etc. Higher tier food service companies, shopping and even apartments with more amenities at higher cost. Spend some time in areas of Loudon County Virginia. Everything you could want at a price and close by with very high quality. Great medical services etc etc. If you can afford it and you are the right age with family many including me would say worth the price.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:37 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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the company i worked for has offices in long island , brooklyn , new jersey , CT , rhode island , the finger lake region in ny and ohio .

the market pay is different in all locations . ohio earns a fraction of long island wages .
I guess in your case the types of jobs may be different. In the tech industry, the pay for builders in the same everywhere. I have also observed this to be true in all professional level roles. This may not hold for professions such as teachers, safety services, accountants, etc.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Earning $70k in Knoxville is far more impressive than $150k in San Fran. Its never the absolute # that counts but the relative #.
To a point. A lot of things don't scale with income. The $70k in Knoxville won't max your SS, but the $150k will. Gas, food, cars, etc., usually do not scale with income to that degree.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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I guess in your case the types of jobs may be different. In the tech industry, the pay for builders in the same everywhere. I have also observed this to be true in all professional level roles. This may not hold for professions such as teachers, safety services, accountants, etc.
You are moving the goalposts somewhat.

Either you are talking about salaries, or fees for project work(?) Tech workers/managers in smaller cities do not always have the same salaries as in higher COL areas. My friends/family who work in Silicon Valley would be paid less working in Chicago. Not dramatically less, but less. Two software engineers and one mid level manager.
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:01 AM
 
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I guess in your case the types of jobs may be different. In the tech industry, the pay for builders in the same everywhere. I have also observed this to be true in all professional level roles. This may not hold for professions such as teachers, safety services, accountants, etc.
in fact we had a second home in pa we were thinking of relocating to . the salaries were 1/2 of what i get .
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