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Old 08-12-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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We live in Dallas right now and we're considering a move to the Arlington area. Here, my husband makes $135,000 and we live comfortably. What kind of salary does he need to make for us to live comfortably there in Arlington? I realize that's a hard question, but here we're pretty well off. What would be well off there?
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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How many kids do you have?
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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I think it would be tight. Are you planning on renting or buying? If you are buying a home, the housing prices in Arlington will make a big impact on your budget. I have combined income of over $200,000, one car payment, two kids, and I don't think I could afford a house in Arlington. I'm also not the most frugal person ever (meaning when I want to go out to dinner I can, if I want to buy myself blouse, I can, etc). On the flip side, at over $200K I think we still live very modestly (smaller home, we live farther out of DC, we vacation every other year).

It is really hard to answer without more specifics.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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If you believe in those online calculators, you're husband will need to earn at least $205,027 in Arlington to equal out to the $135,000 he is earning now in Dallas, TX.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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If you believe in those online calculators, you're husband will need to earn at least $205,027 in Arlington to equal out to the $135,000 he is earning now in Dallas, TX.
That actually sounds about right to me.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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Trust me: STAY IN TEXAS! The life you have in Dallas will be nothing like the life you have here in Arlington. While your husband's salary may increase, the cost of living and housing prices will stretch your dollar to bits. (Maybe not to bits, but still stretching much more than Texas.) With the less expensive nature of Dallas, your dollar will go much farther. Plus, with Texas becoming an expanding market--especially Austin, Houston, and Dallas, it's a market where your money can grow and go much farther than here. On 205k you won't be in the poorhouse by any stretch, but in Arlington you will probably have an older house, less space (outdoors especially) and other things you may not be accustomed to.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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I agree with Chariega! If you are happy and like Dallas, stay. In the last thirty years, DC has turned into a nightmare -- cost of living, traffic, housing, rude people and did I mention traffic? You didn't mention children, but the Arlington schools are also a very mixed bag and private school tuitions are hovering in the $25-30k range.

Unless you're moving to get closer to family or a MAJOR climb up the career ladder, I'd say stay in TX. Your quality of life will be much better. And a large city like Dallas lacks for nothing that DC has to offer.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all the replies! We have 4 kids, and I'm a stay at home mom that homeschools them.

I'm not happy and I don't like Dallas I've been here for 3 years now and I want out! We have a gazillion bugs. And it's not very pretty. There really isn't much to do in Dallas. We've moved a lot but never to the east coast. I don't even think I want to buy a house if we move. We rented once and I love that freedom. I realize we'll be falling down the ladder with regards to housing. I do know smaller houses/yards because I grew up near L.A. Here in Dallas we have a 4bed/3bath 2600sq ft house on 1.5 acres. And it's a really pretty custom built home. And only $270,000 because we live about 45 minutes outside of the Big D. But what's the point when fire ants have infested our yard and the kids can't play on the grass? The ants are even coming out of interior walls. And yesterday- ants IN the car! You wouldn't believe how big the spiders can be, we probably squash one daily in our house. And what about the snake my husband found IN the house even though every door/window has been shut? Luckily we don't have a pond or wooded lot, or we might have lots of poisonous snakes too, like our dear friends down the road. Jeepers creepers! Oh, and we have wasps making nests under the roof line all around the house and somehow have gotten 3 wasps IN the house. So yeah, we have a nice house and all, but can't really enjoy it. You can chalk some of it up to country living, but still. I don't know what my husband would make there, but we wouldn't move unless it was a lot more than he gets here. I don't ever want to feel poor! A great job opportunity caught our eye and we'll see what happens with it. I don't know that it's a major climb up the career ladder though. I think it would be awesome for my kids to experience all the culture/history found in your area.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Ewwwwwww...that's enough to make me never even visit Dallas!

There are bugs here, but I've yet to meet any fire ants. Just tons and tons of mosquitoes, beetles, cicadas, and your run-of-the-mill flies and moths.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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yuck doesn't sound like fun there. At $135K as a total income, you would be hardpressed to afford something in Arlington like what you're used to. You will have to live pretty far out in the burbs.
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