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Old 11-13-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Broken Arrow, OK
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I'm just curious.
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:31 PM
 
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San Francisco, hands down. Their Buying Power (cost of living vs average annual income, with the national average index being 100), for San Francisco's metro area (the only numbers I have with me right now) is 532.49; nearly 5x the national average. 2. Honolulu 412.01, 3. Los Angeles 361.28, 4. San Diego 322.70, 5. New York City 306.11. Remember, this is Buying Power. It think it gives you a better picture of the actual cost of living of an area by including the weight that an area's average salary carries in relation to its overall cost of living.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:18 AM
 
Location: New York City
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San Franscisco, New York and Honolulu.

This goes beyond buying power and real estate, this breaks all the way down to how much a Chipotle bowl costs.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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Agreed - hands down San Fran and NYC.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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No need to debate. There's data on this. San Fran, then NYC
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:15 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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San Francisco, hands down. Their Buying Power (cost of living vs average annual income, with the national average index being 100), for San Francisco's metro area (the only numbers I have with me right now) is 532.49; nearly 5x the national average. 2. Honolulu 412.01, 3. Los Angeles 361.28, 4. San Diego 322.70, 5. New York City 306.11. Remember, this is Buying Power. It think it gives you a better picture of the actual cost of living of an area by including the weight that an area's average salary carries in relation to its overall cost of living.
So in other words the five most desirable big cities to live in.

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Old 11-14-2018, 11:26 AM
 
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For small cities, Aspen Colorado would be near, or at the top of the list.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Seems like folks are disregarding San Jose. It's likely San Jose, San Francisco, and then the field.

Also, NYC isn't even in the conversation. Manhattan, one of it's Burroughs, would certainly be right there. But, there are five Burroughs, and on an aggregated basis NYC falls further down the list with San Diego, LA, Seattle, and Boston.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I remember seeing recently that SF real estate is on average more expensive than NY, but NY is higher cost per square foot.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:03 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Seems like folks are disregarding San Jose. It's likely San Jose, San Francisco, and then the field.

Also, NYC isn't even in the conversation. Manhattan, one of it's Burroughs, would certainly be right there. But, there are five Burroughs, and on an aggregated basis NYC falls further down the list with San Diego, LA, Seattle, and Boston.
Always has to be someone.... That is not true. Measuring NYC (ALL 5 BOROUGHS), it is still number two. San Jose is almost equal.

I don't know where you are getting Seattle and San Diego from?? There is a huge drop off between real estate prices and general cost of living between New York and those two.

But yes, if you are measuring Manhattan, that would be number 1.

People seem to think New York is affordable outside of Manhattan, that is not the case....
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