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Old 04-18-2016, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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An income of 70k for a family of three in Los Angeles is going to be really ****ty especially if you're currently living comfortably in Illinois.

Honestly, I wouldn't make the move. I wouldn't discourage moving in general, but not to LA with that salary range and without jobs. That's bad news.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:02 PM
 
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An income of 70k for a family of three in Los Angeles is going to be really ****ty especially if you're currently living comfortably in Illinois.

Honestly, I wouldn't make the move. I wouldn't discourage moving in general, but not to LA with that salary range and without jobs. That's bad news.
The important fact is OP current salary in LA is $0 so who knows if they can land jobs or what they would make. I have been supporting my wife and baby for less than $80k for a year. We're not poor but we live simply and frugally. $70k may be possible in some areas if one person is a stay at home parent and share one car, cook most meals at home, don't spend much on entertainment etc
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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The important fact is OP current salary in LA is $0 so who knows if they can land jobs or what they would make. I have been supporting my wife and baby for less than $80k for a year. We're not poor but we live simply and frugally. $70k may be possible in some areas if one person is a stay at home parent and share one car, cook most meals at home, don't spend much on entertainment etc
From other comments it made it sound like they both work and collectively make 70k. They also noted they live comfortably. As you noted, 70k is not living comfortably in Los Angeles with a family of three.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:15 PM
 
Location: California
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What does your family in Long Beach think? I'm sure they could guide you and give you the real scoop about COL and whatnot. If they are discouraging, listen. If they encourage, ask if you can stay with them until you find jobs and a decent place to live. Things will get real.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Orange County... Arizona bound
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If weather is the main issue you might want to check out Nevada or Arizona... They are a drive away from LA and both are economically healthy. You can get ALot more for the buck there
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:31 AM
 
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An income of 70k for a family of three in Los Angeles is going to be really ****ty especially if you're currently living comfortably in Illinois.

Honestly, I wouldn't make the move. I wouldn't discourage moving in general, but not to LA with that salary range and without jobs. That's bad news.
Yes there are options between la and il. This will be a horrible move for your family. You cant afford the areas with good schools and that should be the dealbreaker if you care about your kid.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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OP, are you open to any part of California or specifically Los Angeles? I'm confused because you mention California multiple times, but the thread is posted in the Los Angeles forum.

Your salary will not go far in the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. To really survive and be comfortable, you're going to have to move to the boondocks. I have a cousin in Rosamond who pays just $600 for her mortgage, and the size of her house is pretty decent. Then again, it's Rosamond. It's like a desert out there and absolute NOTHING like Los Angeles. But you get what you pay for.

I would consider picking a different Western state if you're solely set on Los Angeles.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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OP,


you should be able to get a 1 bedroom apartment in a decent area within a 25 mile radius of Los Angeles for $1300 to $1500. By decent I mean areas like Glendale, Torrance, Lakewood...not flashy but not gang infested either.


I'm not sure what you mean by living comfortably, but since you're looking at a 1 bedroom apartment for two adults and one baby, I'm guessing your expectations of comfort are realistic for your target income in Los Angeles.


Your money might not take you as far in LA but the weather is definitely better here than Illinois.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, CA
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If it were not for having a kid, you could make it work. (Live in a 500sqft 1-bedroom for $1200, avoid day care costs, etc). But with a little one in tow, I also do not recommend the move.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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Per the bankrate.com cost of living calculator, to keep your standard of living at $70k in Champaign, you'd need to earn just under $103K to live in LA/Long Beach/Glendale Metro. That's a massive area with huge differences in cost of living and I'm sure it's just an average and you could find areas that deviate greatly from that $103K figure, but at least it's something to work with.

Cost of Living Calculator - Cost of Living Comparison Index Tool

CNNMoney COL calculator has the figure at just under $101K.
Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city? - CNNMoney

Keep in mind, these calculators don't account for any sort of debt you are carrying.
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