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Old 02-22-2015, 10:02 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Take into account minimum wage, cost of living, government benefits, etc..

Is it better to look at high wage/high cost of living states like California, Massachusetts. or low wage/low cost of living states like Georgia, Tennessee... or is there a state that offers a happy medium? i hear West Virginia is raising its minimum wage to $8.75 an hour.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:26 PM
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Cost of living does play a big part, but what about career opportunities? At least in my case, I'm a "low skill" worker but I have a relationship with a certain company where I could be on the fast-track for management....but they are regional and only in so many states, most of which I have no desire to live in. There's also a company out West that I worked for, same deal there.

I can relocate anywhere in the USA, and in particular I'd love to check out your Minnesota, but then I might be taking a gamble career-wise...at least in the long term.

If one is looking at living in a big city, I think places like Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, etc. offer a good deal. Big (in this case, mid-size) cities where the COL isn't outrageous, and you can live without a car. Not needing a car keeps costs down a great deal. So not necessarily the places with the lowest cost of living in the country, but low enough.

Also, while being somewhere like Tennessee or WV where COL is low is great, it's definitely not a long-term solution for everybody. And career growth in those low COL areas are definitely limited.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:41 PM
 
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Cost of living does play a big part, but what about career opportunities? At least in my case, I'm a "low skill" worker but I have a relationship with a certain company where I could be on the fast-track for management....but they are regional and only in so many states, most of which I have no desire to live in. There's also a company out West that I worked for, same deal there.
Same, but the certian company i work for is virtually everywhere

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I can relocate anywhere in the USA, and in particular I'd love to check out your Minnesota, but then I might be taking a gamble career-wise...at least in the long term.
I have never lived outside Minnesota but non Minnesotans i talk to do mention how expensive it is here, to me this is normal, i don't know what its like outside MN... i wonder is it all really that much cheaper or is it all just over exaggerated?

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If one is looking at living in a big city, I think places like Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, etc. offer a good deal. Big (in this case, mid-size) cities where the COL isn't outrageous, and you can live without a car. Not needing a car keeps costs down a great deal. So not necessarily the places with the lowest cost of living in the country, but low enough.
Yeah i wonder if living in a low income inner city neighborhood without a car would be better than say living in a trailer park in a small town but you own a car.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:46 PM
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Minneapolis seems cheap to me! Or at least on par with things in Florida for me. Also, the other thing...with how low minimum wage is here in the States, I don't think you benefit from going to a place with a higher cost of living. You're still going to be getting paid those low wages. Unless you're somewhere like San Francisco where minimum wage is higher than normal, and even then you don't really benefit.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:53 PM
 
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Minneapolis seems cheap to me! Or at least on par with things in Florida for me. Also, the other thing...with how low minimum wage is here in the States, I don't think you benefit from going to a place with a higher cost of living. You're still going to be getting paid those low wages. Unless you're somewhere like San Francisco where minimum wage is higher than normal, and even then you don't really benefit.
That is the thing.... Min Wage here has recently gone up to $9.00 an hour... next year it'll be $9.50.

I'm really open to anywhere in the country but i am very interested in the Chicago area.... big city, close to home, cheap flights between Chicago and MSP, great public transportation as well.... however i am not sure how cost of living compares.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:01 PM
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That is the thing.... Min Wage here has recently gone up to $9.00 an hour... next year it'll be $9.50.

I'm really open to anywhere in the country but i am very interested in the Chicago area.... big city, close to home, cheap flights between Chicago and MSP, great public transportation as well.... however i am not sure how cost of living compares.
In Minnesota? Damn. It's up to $8.05 in Florida...so I guess it's slowly increasing everywhere. I just got back from Australia where I was making $25 an hour.

I think the reason people say Minnesota is cheap, is because it is far as big cities are concerned. Even places like Seattle and Portland are expensive. But some mid-size cities like Minneapolis and Pittsburgh really are cheap compared to their regional counterparts. I personally don't like Chicago, I'm a New York guy. If I'm going to live anywhere in the Midwest, and particularly anywhere that has cold weather, it'd be Minneapolis. Chicago is much more expensive than MSP anyway.

I'm leaning heavily towards relocating to Orlando, but if not there then it's Minneapolis or somewhere out West. I used to live in California as well.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:31 PM
 
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In Minnesota? Damn. It's up to $8.05 in Florida...so I guess it's slowly increasing everywhere. I just got back from Australia where I was making $25 an hour.

I think the reason people say Minnesota is cheap, is because it is far as big cities are concerned. Even places like Seattle and Portland are expensive. But some mid-size cities like Minneapolis and Pittsburgh really are cheap compared to their regional counterparts. I personally don't like Chicago, I'm a New York guy. If I'm going to live anywhere in the Midwest, and particularly anywhere that has cold weather, it'd be Minneapolis. Chicago is much more expensive than MSP anyway.

I'm leaning heavily towards relocating to Orlando, but if not there then it's Minneapolis or somewhere out West. I used to live in California as well.
That is higher than i expected, wow. i really like Florida too...

and yeah it is increasing everywhere, even in red states.
Alaska is going up to $9.75 in 2016
California is going up to $10 in 2016
Massachusetts is going up to $11 in 2017
Nebraska is going up to $9.00 in 2016
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:24 AM
 
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Housing is disproportionately expensive in Florida so it wouldn't be the best bet in my opinion, not to mention public transit is fairly pathetic overall. One could live a good bit more comfortably in states like Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina or Missouri in my opinion.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Illinois min wage is $8.25, but an advisory measure was voted in by the people in November on raising the min wage, and the likelihood is that the legislature will take up the measure in the spring. The current governor even supports an increase, but differences in how much ($10,11,13) are debated. Chicago minimum wage was voted in to be $13 an hour by 2019 just recently. Central Illinois is very inexpensive for COL, but several areas there have good QOL.

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Old 02-23-2015, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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If someone has connections (friends or relatives that live nearby) I think North Dakota has to be tough to beat, at least for the time being. As long as the oil industry remains strong, many jobs there pay fairly well but require little-to-no prior experience, but while snagging a job is one thing, housing is a whole different animal.
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