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Old 06-12-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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According to Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Rankings, Winston-Salem is the most affordable place to live and do business in the United States.

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The annual rankings look at 214 major cities worldwide and compare things like the cost of housing, food, entertainment, transportation and education.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:39 AM
 
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Impressive, and good news to those of us who live here!
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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214 cities worldwide: how did Winston-Salem manage to be included among the 214? It's not even among the largest 2,000 cities in the world.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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^ Hey, we're just that good!


Seriously, I don't know the answer to your question, and the article doesn't give much information regarding how cities were chosen for the survey. But I do know Mercer has a great reputation as a consulting company, so I'm sure it uses valid methods. The article mentions that it's focused on things that are important to employers, so it seems to be great exposure for potential jobs.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:54 AM
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Used to work for MMC, the company that owns Mercer. As I recall this survey was designed to provide business and governments, for a fee of course, information about sending employees to these cities, and the additional cost they would incur in doing so. In other words, it would serve as a budgeting tool or help in the decision making process about opening an office, in say, Ndjamena, Chad (heaven forbid!!)

I love Winston-Salem, but it doesn't seem to be a major destination for either national or international businesses. I dunno.
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