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Old 01-20-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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Hi All,

I have been given an option to relocate to either Alpharetta,GA or Kettering,OH by my employers. I need to know the cost of living in both the locations, to be able to make a sound choice. 2 members in the family.
Thanks a lot for your help!!
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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Have you looked at cost of living calculators online? There are many so make sure that you look at several because some don't compare apples to apples.
For example, many compare the metropolitan areas but don't take into account that individuals towns outside of larger cities will have a cost of living that is sometimes greater or less than the city itself. These calculators can give you a starting point though.

To gauge Kettering, Ohio for example, most calculators would take the city of Dayton's cost of living into account since it is the closest city. You can buy more house in Dayton than you can in Kettering so the numbers may be off.

Since I don't know where you are moving from, salary, standard of living and the cost of living in your current city, I'll use some generalities.

In Kettering, you can buy a nice 3 bedroom home in a good area starting around $175,000. Remember, "nice" is subjective. What I think is nice and what someone else considers nice can be different based upon your standards. The cost of housing has been hit hard around Ohio so at this time, you can get a little more bang for your buck.

I'd suggest looking at some Real Estate websites to give you an idea what houses sell for and look at some rental information also. Overall, I think the area in and around Dayton/Kettering is pretty reasonable.

Feel free to DM me if you have some specific questions about the Kettering area. I know it quite well.
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