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Old 04-09-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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Default Job offer in Key West - cost of living

My husband has been offered a job in Key West, and we are debating if we should accept it or not.

We have a 10 yr. old daughter - are any of the Keys a good place to raise a kid? Are the schools good?

How much would the cost of living expenses be, if we live elsewhere and he commutes to Key West? The company is only offering 53K which doesn't sound like a lot to me, considering where it is.

We would rent a house/appartment, but having never been there it is hard to estimate what we would need in wages in order to make it.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: M-I-YAYO
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My girlfriend just moved to key west. She pays $1,100 per month for a tiny 1 bedroom apartment. There are two rooms in this place, a 12'x12' kitchen and a 12'x12' bedroom. Oh, yea, it has a bathroom too. However, this is somewhat near Duval Street, I would assume there are cheaper options on the other side of the island. However, stay away from Stock Island; it is a crime-ridden crackhead paradise.
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Don't bother, the quality of life is way too low for a family. In the past people lived on big pine key which was affordable, but today the Keys are just not worth the trouble. It's OK for singles, but boring if you like to stay sober.
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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The cost of living is sky high and on that salary you will be the working poor. There are no affordable areas for workforce housing until you hit the slums of Florida City on the mainland, what, 3 to 4 hours away? And there it is dangerous and still overpriced.

Pass on KW unless you are offered 100K.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL
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i haven't been down to key west in years, but places that are geographically isolated like that generally have extremely high prices for things like groceries, supplies, gasoline. i would not be surprised if a loaf of bread costs 2x in key west as it does in miami.
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:43 PM
 
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It is expensive but a nice place to vist for a day or two but it takes so long to get down there it really isn't worth it
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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We are in the same situation. We live in DC now and are desperate to leave the stressful rat race. However we also have a young daughter who loves vacationing in fl but is used to city life. It seems that the COL is the same in KW as DC. We would have to take a slight cut in pay. Is the lifestyle change worth it. $50k cut. Looking for some sage advise.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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We are in the same situation. We live in DC now and are desperate to leave the stressful rat race. However we also have a young daughter who loves vacationing in fl but is used to city life. It seems that the COL is the same in KW as DC. We would have to take a slight cut in pay. Is the lifestyle change worth it. $50k cut. Looking for some sage advise.
The best way to find out is to come down for a visit. See how the 'vibe' of the area feels to you.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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We are in the same situation. We live in DC now and are desperate to leave the stressful rat race. However we also have a young daughter who loves vacationing in fl but is used to city life. It seems that the COL is the same in KW as DC. We would have to take a slight cut in pay. Is the lifestyle change worth it. $50k cut. Looking for some sage advise.
It's not worth it at all. The place is isolated as hell, boring as hell. Your daughter will end up in a straight jacket. A nice place to visit for a day or two, but that's it.
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill,Homestead for now
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With that salary that is not enough...I was in Key west last month for 3 weeks and it is very expensive especially if you like to eat out. I saw a trailer for $400K wtf
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