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Old 07-11-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Boston
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The other thing wrong with this analysis is it neglects the intangible benefits of living in a place like New York or San Francisco. There is a quality of life in these higher cost cities that draw people to them in spite of the high cost.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Paris
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The other thing wrong with this analysis is it neglects the intangible benefits of living in a place like New York or San Francisco. There is a quality of life in these higher cost cities that draw people to them in spite of the high cost.
Sure, but that isn't a flaw with this type of analysis at all, because that isn't what it's analyzing. I agree though that you have to take both into account when deciding where to live, aka it isn't just a numbers game, but this can be a very useful metric when used in combination with others to formulate your decision.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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The other thing wrong with this analysis is it neglects the intangible benefits of living in a place like New York or San Francisco. There is a quality of life in these higher cost cities that draw people to them in spite of the high cost.

The high cost of these cities is the reason many people move away.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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The fact that San Jose and Seattle are on this list means that the article's credibility is practically non-existent. This is a joke. I can understand the other cities, but San Jose and Seattle (despite being high income areas) have among the country's highest cost of living and the high incomes only somewhat compensate for that.
exactly.
And wheres Indianapolis?
Columbus Ohio?
you have to be kidding me but then again its Yahoo. so what do you expect? haha
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Houston? Are you kidding me? When I lived there as a child, my dad ended up going to California for a better job because he couldn't find anything decent in Texas (computer programmer btw). Mum and I stayed in Texas until we could afford a house in California though. This was only 5-10 years ago mind you, I'd be surprised if things have really changed THAT much.
When you were a kid? Boy this is 2012 not when you were a kid. Use some common sense.

Houston has been in the top three cities for Job growth for the last 15 or so years and been number one for the last 3 or so.

Houston adds more jobs a year than a lot of states.
Stop the ignorance man. Houston's economy is healthy! A cursory glance of anything mentioning Houston, or even this website would clue you in to that.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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When you were a kid? Boy this is 2012 not when you were a kid. Use some common sense.

Houston has been in the top three cities for Job growth for the last 15 or so years and been number one for the last 3 or so.

Houston adds more jobs a year than a lot of states.
Stop the ignorance man. Houston's economy is healthy! A cursory glance of anything mentioning Houston, or even this website would clue you in to that.
I'm ignorant? Re-read my post, I clearly said my experience happened within the past 10 years.
Often times in places where things cost less, jobs pay less. Why do you think my dad got a job here? Because our jobs pay more. It's just common sense.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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I'm ignorant? Re-read my post, I clearly said my experience happened within the past 10 years.
Often times in places where things cost less, jobs pay less. Why do you think my dad got a job here? Because our jobs pay more. It's just common sense.
your experience and the data don't match
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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your experience and the data don't match
Well SORRY my experience was different from everyone else's...
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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The other thing wrong with this analysis is it neglects the intangible benefits of living in a place like New York or San Francisco. There is a quality of life in these higher cost cities that draw people to them in spite of the high cost.
This is true to some extent, but one also must consider to what extent does a higher cost-of-living become a barrier to achieving a higher potential quality of life for the average middle-class earner.

That's what makes "quality of life" such a subjective term for everyone, and I'm sure the blue-collar taxi driver living in the Bronx would agree.
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:58 AM
 
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Indianapolis is really cheap. You can end up in living in a really nice house in a nice neighborhood if you are smart enough.
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