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Old 07-22-2016, 03:27 AM
 
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Was suprised to see how much space you can rent for $1,500 in different cities. It really shows things into perspective.

How much Space you can Rent for $1,500 across the US

I guess if it's worth it for you to live in a bigger city, then that's all that matters, really.
You'll probably rarely be staying home to acknowledge the smaller space anyway. There's always something to do in a bigger city.
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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For the life of me I cannot understand how a sane person could pay that much to live in places like Seattle, NYC, SF, and DC.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:39 AM
 
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For the life of me I cannot understand how a sane person could pay that much to live in places like Seattle, NYC, SF, and DC.
These big cities offer: entertainment, opportunities and much more. People spend more time outside than inside their homes. Would you feel any incentive to hurry back to your 271 sq.ft. apartment?
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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These big cities offer: entertainment, opportunities and much more. People spend more time outside than inside their homes. Would you feel any incentive to hurry back to your 271 sq.ft. apartment?
There are other cities on the list that offer loads of entertainment and opportunities that you could spend all day outside. But at the end of the day you could return home to a nice, spacious, and affordable apartment and still have money left over for other activities instead of dumping all of their money into renting a shoebox.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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There are other cities on the list that offer loads of entertainment and opportunities that you could spend all day outside. But at the end of the day you could return home to a nice, spacious, and affordable apartment and still have money left over for other activities instead of dumping all of their money into renting a shoebox.
To each is own. Personally I agree with you and rather live in Columbus, Phoenix, Indianapolis etc. in a beautiful new apartment with amenities. I can use the money I have left over to travel to NYC, London, Miami etc. if I ever feel the need to change it up and explore a completely different region.

However, not everyone is going to agree. Some people thrive in concrete jungles, need to have access to 24/7 night clubs, want to have accessibility to every ethnic food imaginable, the highest rated art museums, extensive public transit etc. To them that cost is well worth it.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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These big cities offer: entertainment, opportunities and much more. People spend more time outside than inside their homes. Would you feel any incentive to hurry back to your 271 sq.ft. apartment?
Not all expensive cities offer enough to justify the cost. I have and would pay NYC rents for what NY offers. I would not do the same in San Francisco or DC. While I'm not the biggest fan of Los Angeles, I think it represent a better value proposition than Seattle.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:40 AM
 
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For the life of me I cannot understand how a sane person could pay that much to live in places like Seattle, NYC, SF, and DC.
I'm the opposite. I can't imagine why someone would have a higher quality of life living in some random sprawlburg in Oklahoma or somewhere.

I would much rather live in a broom closet in Manhattan than a Mcmansion in Tulsa. My quality of life doesn't improve with more space in a house. A house is mostly for sleeping and showering.

But my QOL does improve with a nicer neighborhood, more amenities, better jobs, healthier lifestyle, smarter and more interesting people, more progressive environment, etc.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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I'm the opposite. I can't imagine why someone would have a higher quality of life living in some random sprawlburg in Oklahoma or somewhere.

I would much rather live in a broom closet in Manhattan than a Mcmansion in Tulsa. My quality of life doesn't improve with more space in a house. A house is mostly for sleeping and showering.

But my QOL does improve with a nicer neighborhood, more amenities, better jobs, healthier lifestyle, smarter and more interesting people, more progressive environment, etc.
Well Tulsa wasn't on the list. But there are plenty of great neighborhoods, jobs, interesting/intelligent people, entertainment, and great environments in cities like Fort Worth, Columbus, Louisville, and Indianapolis.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:54 AM
 
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Well Tulsa wasn't on the list. But there are plenty of great neighborhoods, jobs, interesting/intelligent people, entertainment, and great environments in cities like Fort Worth, Columbus, Louisville, and Indianapolis.
I would never live in those metros, under any circumstances. Would take a broom closet in Brooklyn over a McMansion in Columbus or Indy.

Of course, that's me. Plenty of people don't care about amenities and location, and want as big a house as possible for the money. That's fine, and probably ideal for many families, assuming they spend most of their time in their house.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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I would never live in those metros, under any circumstances. Would take a broom closet in Brooklyn over a McMansion in Columbus or Indy.

Of course, that's me. Plenty of people don't care about amenities and location, and want as big a house as possible for the money. That's fine, and probably ideal for many families, assuming they spend most of their time in their house.
I'm sure a lot of people that live in those metros care about all the amenities they offer and spend a ton of time outside their homes. They just have the advantage of being able to afford a large home AND enjoy the amenities and not have to choose one or the other like most people have to do in high COL areas.
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