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Old 06-19-2012, 01:17 AM
 
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Hi,

I am a Chartered Accountant from India and my company is offering me a transfer to their office in US. I have the option to choose between New York, Boston and Dallas. I wanted to know which of these cities is better to live in considering cost of living, rentals, groceries and taxes.

My wife is a montessori teacher, one of the considerations in choosing the city is the availability of teaching jobs in each of the cities.

Any suggestions would be really helpful.

Thanks.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Hi Subhodhlath! Congrats on your move to the US! Sounds like you recieved a promotion! Having lived in Boston and Dallas, I would definitely pick Dallas. It is much easier to make it there. Less expensive, easier to socialize. Texas is more kid friendly, I find. I also noticed a large Indian population there. Many of my fellow nurses were from India, and the community was very welcoming and inviting to newcomers. Housing is much less expensive there, and you will live better in Dallas than you will in Boston or NY, especially if work is offering you the same salary for each location. Not sure about the job for your wife, but with all the kids there, I don't think work for her would be a problem. I think the Montessouri school system has some sites on the internet to check out.
Good luck with your choice!
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Dallas is boring in my opinion. Boston's a decent city and all, but I'd choose NY if your salary is high enough. There is a never ending list of things to do and see.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Hi,

I am a Chartered Accountant from India and my company is offering me a transfer to their office in US. I have the option to choose between New York, Boston and Dallas. I wanted to know which of these cities is better to live in considering cost of living, rentals, groceries and taxes.

My wife is a montessori teacher, one of the considerations in choosing the city is the availability of teaching jobs in each of the cities.

Any suggestions would be really helpful.

Thanks.
There are advantages to all of the cities listed. But given your criteria, Dallas is going to be the best choice out of all. Its far cheaper than the other two and the taxes are far lower. Dallas also has one of the fastest growing Indian communities in the US and has the 6th largest Indian community in the US. There are lots of Desi amenities as well including many Bollywood Theaters, chambers of commerce, an 24-hour radio station that plays Bollywood music and advertises specialty stores/events for the Indian community, many Hindu and Muslim houses of worship, and a never ending supply of markets and restaurants.

If youre really into nightlife and want nonstop action 24-7, then NYC would be the best fit. Its definitely the most interesting, but you will pay for it. NYC is extremely expensive and many times more so than Dallas. Boston is an awesome city and could be a good middle ground if you prefer the Northeast, but given your criteria, its not as good a fit as Dallas.

Hope that helps.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:04 AM
 
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If you want a city that has excellent public transportation 24/7 as well as access to basic amenities 24/7 then I suggest NYC. There is also a large Indian community in NYC which I believe is mainly concentrated in Jackson Heights in Queens. I am sure that the montessori system has some schools in NYC (but check via the internet for exact locations).
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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Boston. It's smaller than NYC, cleaner, nicer people, simpler subway line. NYC is very cutthroat when it comes to working and making it... And it's hard to make it NYC. Everything is so expensive! Boston is amazing and this coming from a NYer. Good luck with whatever u choose.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:12 AM
 
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Thanks a lot guys for the prompt replies. I have been offered another option of Los Angeles also but I understand that California is a very expensive state to live in.... The salary that I would be getting would be in the range of 65-70K annually. Is that sufficient to cover daily expenses like rent, food and transport. Also while we are in the US we would like to explore the country also would the salary be enough for that?

The other consideration was in India the climate is generally hot, the winters are also mild while cities like NY and Boston would also have extreme winters. Should that also be something which would take time to adjust to or that is not too much of a problem?

Thanks for all the suggestions...
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Thanks a lot guys for the prompt replies. I have been offered another option of Los Angeles also but I understand that California is a very expensive state to live in.... The salary that I would be getting would be in the range of 65-70K annually. Is that sufficient to cover daily expenses like rent, food and transport. Also while we are in the US we would like to explore the country also would the salary be enough for that?

The other consideration was in India the climate is generally hot, the winters are also mild while cities like NY and Boston would also have extreme winters. Should that also be something which would take time to adjust to or that is not too much of a problem?

Thanks for all the suggestions...
Given that your most important factors are cost of living, taxes groceries, and rentals, Dallas is the clear cut choice. There really isn't even a close second between Boston, NYC, or Los Angeles. 65-70k would allow you to live like a king in Dallas whereas in the others it would be much harder. With that salary, you could go on a monthly trip to different parts of the US and still spend less than living in NYC or LA.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Subodhlath, I did some cost of living comparrisons for you based on a cost of living calculator. It breaks down each city and how much you would spend on all the items in question. I used Dallas as the baseline since it is unqestionably the cheapest:

Dallas vs. New York:

$70,000 in Dallas is the same as $118,028 in New York

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Dallas vs. Boston:

$70,000 in Dallas is the same as $114,390 in Boston

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Dallas vs. Los Angeles:

$70,000 in Dallas is the same as $109,194 in Los Angeles

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Old 06-20-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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Dallas, and it's not even close. Use the money you save to take a vacation to NYC, LA, or Boston...they're all very interesting places to visit, but very expensive places to live.
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