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Old 11-25-2015, 02:01 PM
 
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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Cheap COL places on these lists are never places where I actually want to live.
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Most of them are cities where you won't get jack when you sell your home. I guess they're good cities to live in one house for the rest of your life.
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Did a 12-year sentence in Dallas. Great place to work, but a very underwhelming place to live.
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:57 PM
 
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Did a 12-year sentence in Dallas. Great place to work, but a very underwhelming place to live.
Just curious why...I would imagine that the Dallas area has a lot of amenities.
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Most of the cities seem to have a blighted urban core and sprawling suburbs. I'm guessing that a good deal of the available homes are cheap homes in areas few people want to live. Drives down the average and makes the metro seem somewhat more affordable than picky home buyers actually experience.
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Just curious why...I would imagine that the Dallas area has a lot of amenities.
DFW is the indoor capital of America. More strip malls and chain restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Scenic beauty? Almost non-existent. It's flat, it's humid, and it's hotter than hell from mid-June til mid-September.
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Plus, since these rankings are based on average salary, the fact that the blighted areas contain cheaper homes and products but fewer workers tends to overly influence the metro's wage to cost of living ratio.

Areas with a higher proportion of desirable city areas tend not to do well on this list. No Twin Cities, no Denver, no Austin and obviously no Portland.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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So the San Jose MSA(where I work) is extremely expensive, but still ranks 2nd?

WOW, that's pretty indicative of the Central Bay Area's wealth and prosperity. We Ballin'. lol
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:57 AM
 
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Plus, since these rankings are based on average salary, the fact that the blighted areas contain cheaper homes and products but fewer workers tends to overly influence the metro's wage to cost of living ratio.

Areas with a higher proportion of desirable city areas tend not to do well on this list. No Twin Cities, no Denver, no Austin and obviously no Portland.
What areas are you referring to in regards to your posts and in relation to the list?

I believe this shows relatively recent information in regards to average annual pay/salary by metro area and may show it by county and even town/city: May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

More here: Overview of BLS Wage Data by Area and Occupation

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

BEA Regional Economic Accounts
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