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View Poll Results: Seattle or Chicago
Seattle 4 14.81%
Chicago 23 85.19%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-26-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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I'm only interesting in knowing which one is more affordable of the two, not which is the better city overall. I will more than likely be bringing a car, so factor that in.

If it matters, I lived in NYC (Brooklyn) for a few years and didn't think it was THAT expensive.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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Any of the voters care to elaborate?
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Chicago has a lower cost of living by every metric I've seen. If you thought Brooklyn was cheap you'll think everywhere is cheap.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:05 PM
 
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It's a bit hard to compare apples-apples, though if you were going to do so I'd agree Chicago seems lower overall.

But, roughly speaking, Chicago housing skews more heavily to condo/apt. Those condo/apts are generally cheaper than Seattle. Seattle, conversely, seems to have more SFH in the city, so if you were insistent on that style of housing, my perception is you can rent a SFH cheaper and nearer-in in Seattle vs. Chicago, at least from the properties I've looked at.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Bmore, The cursed land of -> Hotlanta -> Charlotte
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If you thought Brooklyn was cheap you'll think everywhere is cheap.
Except San Fran.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:15 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Try googling a cost of living calculator.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:38 PM
 
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Cost of Living Calculator: Compare the Cost of Living in Two Cities - CNNMoney

Here you go, OP, you can figure it out yourself.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:49 PM
 
Location: 60630
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Looks like it's just about the same.
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