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Old 09-13-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Miami, Floroda
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Do you think it costs more to live in a warm or cold climate?

In a cold climate, you are going to need fall, spring, summer, and winter clothes. Winter clothes can get pretty expensive.

A warmer climate, you don't have to have such an extensive wardrobe for that many seasons.

Do you think you save a significant amount living in a warmer climate, not having to buy clothes for Winter?
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:01 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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Do you think it costs more to live in a warm or cold climate?

In a cold climate, you are going to need fall, spring, summer, and winter clothes. Winter clothes can get pretty expensive.

A warmer climate, you don't have to have such an extensive wardrobe for that many seasons.

Do you think you save a significant amount living in a warmer climate, not having to buy clothes for Winter?
The cost of living in year round warm climates are significantly more expensive than those of colder/4 season climates.

For instance, I live in the Bay Area, a decent normal single family home is anywhere from $800K-$1.5 million. Where as a place like Minneapolis, which is an amazing place, I could get a similar home for $150K-$300K.

I'll buy some winter clothes anyday to avoid a ridiculous rip off such as California, hence why I'll be leaving before long.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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You're neglecting ancillary costs like running an air conditioner 24/7 for months on end. When we lived in Dallas our electric bill would go through the roof from late May well into September because of the AC. Altogether the AC probably cost us at close to $1000/yr in electricity.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:21 AM
 
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I have two places that I can relate to: metro Detroit area where I grew up and the mountains of Western North Carolina, where I currently live

It is the south. It gets really hot. But it still snows occassionally. I own just as many winter clothes here as I did there. It doesn't get much below the 30's here, regularly, but it's miserable because of the humidity.

As someone else said, the cost of living and utilities makes a difference. It is assinine how expensive it is to live where I do. Stupid, really. Wages are low, expenses quite high. It is so not worth it.

I could buy several more sets of clothing for my whole family and still have way more money if I were to move back to Michigan. I don't find winter clothes have to be that expensive, if you don't go overboard with buying things. A really good set of boots, a few really nice sweaters, a good coat, and a hat and mittens, maybe some snow pants? Those won't cost you more than the exhorbitant amount it may cost to live somewhere considered more "desirable" like WNC.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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I can't imagine anyone makes living decisions based on wardrobe costs.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Id say they're about equal. Where you'll spend less on clothes in a warm clime, you'll spend more in a/c, etc. Ive lived in both extremes and I don't see any big monetary difference between the two places.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:43 AM
 
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Do you think it costs more to live in a warm or cold climate?

In a cold climate, you are going to need fall, spring, summer, and winter clothes. Winter clothes can get pretty expensive.

A warmer climate, you don't have to have such an extensive wardrobe for that many seasons.

Do you think you save a significant amount living in a warmer climate, not having to buy clothes for Winter?
It is not the wardrobe it's the utilities and maintenance costs on the property. Electric for a/c costs the equivalent or more than gas heat, so that cost trade depends on how much use is needed. I have also seen much more water and insect damage to property in southern warm climates than in cold. Can't speak for desert west.

Northern cities with cooler summers probably have the lowest costs, highest costs likely deep South like Florida that need a/c most of the year, or midwest with cold Winters and hot summers.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:05 PM
 
Location: New York Metropolitan Area
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Depends on the area of the warm/cold climate. Houston is obviously cheaper than New York and Boston, however Minneapolis is much cheaper than Los Angeles.

I find as a whole the south/most of the southwest tends to be cheaper than the northeastern states.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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You're neglecting ancillary costs like running an air conditioner 24/7 for months on end. When we lived in Dallas our electric bill would go through the roof from late May well into September because of the AC. Altogether the AC probably cost us at close to $1000/yr in electricity.
This. Here in Phoenix the A/C during summer months can easily cause over a $400/month electric bill. My friend's 900 square foot apartment near Downtown had a $200/month electric bill in July.

Some of these costs can be avoided, by picking a house with the right floor plan and construction, having a good electric company and right electric plan, and the biggest one: having a swamp cooler. But many people don't consider that when they move here. Not too mention pool maintenance, additional gas because the A/C in your car needs gas to run, etc.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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Cost more to heat your house than cool your house.
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