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Old 07-04-2009, 07:35 PM
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by Grenoble_slopes View Post
You're probably best in Chicago. There is no magic city with all of these things. My only suggestion would be Philly.
Or if 1000-1800 a month for a one bedroom is cheap for you, how is cost of living a concern? I don't understand. On that budget you might as well move to NYC or SF.
I never said that was "cheap" for me. I said I could swing it, meaning that $1800 would be the very highest limit I am able and willing to spend. Sure, with that range, any apartment (even luxury apartments/condos) can be found nearly anywhere, but that is because of the real estate market. That doesn't mean everything else will be fairly reasonable as a whole, as well.

For instance, Chicago has one of the highest sales tax in the US. I would factor sales tax in as part of my cost of living, since I am a consumer. I'm talking necessity, not luxury.
According to the tax data I've already found, any place would be slightly to considerably better than Chicago, so I don't see how I'm looking for this "magical city"? I've already opened myself up to many more options just by deciding to leave in the first place!

With lower city/state tax, food tax, etc. I can comfortably live in a place that is within the range of what I stated.

Again, didn't mean to come off as being too particular. I am simply gathering as much info as I can on all concerns, using some brain-power and measuring everything up against each other....and if the end result means I will have to go with the lesser of a bunch of evils, then I'm fine with that. Just as long as its not Chicago.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:58 PM
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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1000-1800? Then it's settled. Your best bet is probably Washington DC because that price range is certainly doable in this metro. Great transportation. Very cultural and there are areas that are 24 hours.
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