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View Poll Results: Which city?
City A 6 40.00%
City B 9 60.00%
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:53 AM
 
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If you had a choice of living in a wealthy city with a large college and earn $60,000 in California and eventually planning to have 2 children where housing is more costly or a wealthy suburb of another city earning a little bit more money where the housing prices are less and the places to shop are affordable.

So:

City A:
-$60,000 a year, 2 children, homes average $250,000 for a 2bdr,2bth
-Shopping ranges from Chico's, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, and others in downtown. Big box centers include Costco, Target, Home Depot, Macy's, Kohl's, and Sear's. No mall.
-large college, community college, and 2 small private colleges
-lots of hiking trails

City B:
-$65,000 a year, 2 children, homes average $250,000 for a 3bdr, 2 bath
-Shopping includes a mall in a nearby city's downtown with Macy's, Sear's, and PacSun, No Fear, etc...nothing high end like Chico's. And big box centers with ur Target and Wal-Mart
-community college and a 4 private colleges
-less hiking, but more jobs and other more urban amenities like a larger airport nearby and also a mini-golf place.

Which one would you chose?
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:56 AM
 
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Neither, I would never pay that much for a home, don't care about shopping much, wouldn't mind the colleges and I hate to hike.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:57 AM
 
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Neither, I would never pay that much for a home, don't care about shopping much, wouldn't mind the colleges and I hate to hike.
Prices are just high in California for a home. But if you HAD to chose. If you were in my shoes (my future shoes) which would u chose?
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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earning a little bit more money where the housing prices are less and the places to shop are affordable.
Isn't this a no-brainer? Making more money and getting more house for your money and more affordable shopping? What's the downside here, why wouldn't you choose this option? Is it something to do with the hiking you mentioned? Or do you just not like the area as much - city life versus suburb life or something?

Especially if you have or plan to have 2 kids, you may need a 3 bedroom home in the future which means going with more affordable housing.

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Neither, I would never pay that much for a home,
Housing and cost of living varies by location. What is a lot to you may be normal or cheap or someone else.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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Isn't this a no-brainer? Making more money and getting more house for your money and more affordable shopping? What's the downside here, why wouldn't you choose this option? Is it something to do with the hiking you mentioned? Or do you just not like the area as much - city life versus suburb life or something?

Especially if you have or plan to have 2 kids, you may need a 3 bedroom home in the future which means going with more affordable housing.



Housing and cost of living varies by location. What is a lot to you may be normal or cheap or someone else.
City A is closer to where my parents live too.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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City A is closer to where my parents live too.
How much closer?

I guess then the real question is, which is more important to you: being close to your parents or a lower cost of living?
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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How much closer?

I guess then the real question is, which is more important to you: being close to your parents or a lower cost of living?
City A is 30 minutes from my parents. City B is an hour from my parents.

Right now, I am waiting to see if City A gets a Macy's or not.

There is alot of competition for a retail spot and if F21 takes the spot, then Macy's would take the F21 in an agreement.

Sear's, Forever 21 Dep. Store, Kohl's, Home Depot, Costco, and Target don't cut it for me.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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An hour is not that far... a half hour difference wouldn't make or break the issue for me. I'm still not really seeing the downside of City B. You'd make more money, be able to afford a bigger house, it has your preferred shopping and more job options. The only thing it doesn't seem to have is less hiking and no large college nearby (but more smaller colleges). Why is a large college important to you? Do you plan on going back to school? Is hiking a big part of your life?

For me personally, things like income, housing and job options are more important than things like shopping and hobbies. Those things might be nice to have but they should not be a priority over income/housing/jobs. Especially when there's kids involved. And in all three of the more important issues, City B is the better option.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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Okay I made a mistake. the job in City A I would be starting out at $63,000 and could earn up to $70,000 if I got a promotion down the road.

The job in City B I would be earning $59,000.

The public school API report score for city A is 858
The public school API report score for city B is 750

The charter school score in city B is about 860. There is about a 60% chance of kids getting into charter school.

When I have children some day, my children would get an acceptance boost into the same college I am going to.

And I do prefer city life over suburb life. I was raised in a small town, so I'd like to live in a city.

Again, the big downside to city A is since home prices r high I'd have to get a small home and my kids would have to share a room.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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I think if my major life decisions revolved even partially around the distance to the nearest Macy's, I'd be very depressed.
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