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Old 04-11-2015, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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From the census.

Median income of people who moved from one state to another, 2013: $21,473

How can that be so low?

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Old 04-11-2015, 07:05 PM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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Often looking for work in the form of menial labor jobs that don't pay much. It's harder to keep moving if you're a professional looking for a higher paying job. Those jobs are harder to get, and employers often give preference to local candidates who have established work history in the area. There are exceptions of course.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:29 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I agree with skidamarink in that people in the lower paying, minimum wage jobs can pretty much get that same job anywhere. Most cities and even smaller towns have retail and fast food jobs. People in higher paying jobs are more likely to stick to where those jobs are, and might get ahead by a change to another company, but in that same area.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:47 PM
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How can it be so low? It's not hard to figure out why. Many of us who relocate without a job are young...in our early-20's. I've done it. I moved from Florida to California without a job. Within that same week, I had a full-time job doing the same thing I did back in Florida.

In this situation, we have no choice but to move without a job. It's either move without one or never move.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I've wondered this too. When I tell some people that I was considering moving somewhere with no job lined up (just me and my $75K in cash savings), they react with confusion or apprehension.

Please tell me why someone who has earned a master's degree (me) and did a great job at saving up cash should have LESS freedom to move than someone who's has nothing saved up and less education? I earned it. I should be able to do it. More education and more cash should mean MORE freedom to move. Not less.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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The OP is describing my situation which is similar. My income is around $26,000. When I retired I found all my retirement savings and SS were being eaten up by the high COL in my city. So I moved cross country where it was far less expensive.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:59 PM
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I've wondered this too. When I tell some people that I was considering moving somewhere with no job lined up (just me and my $75K in cash savings), they react with confusion or apprehension.

Please tell me why someone who has earned a master's degree (me) and did a great job at saving up cash should have LESS freedom to move than someone who's has nothing saved up and less education? I earned it. I should be able to do it. More education and more cash should mean MORE freedom to move. Not less.
Ha, 75 grand. Most of us don't even have 1/3 of that when we relocate.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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You only live once why waste in a state or city you hate, failure is a part of life. Moving to a more desirable locale is the American way, that is why we have 50 states everyone can find some place they love in the USA.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Ha, 75 grand. Most of us don't even have 1/3 of that when we relocate.
Lol. And heck, even with the $75K, I'm pretty worried about depleting it!
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:19 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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It would be interesting to see that broken down into age brackets. I do believe that it would show that most of that IS from younger, non established people and the older retirees looking for a lower COL driving that figure.
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