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Old 09-05-2007, 02:45 AM
Location: Southern California
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I've spent a considerable amount of time researching a value that tends to be both nebulous and elusive in regards to "cost of living" between San Gabriel Valley, California and Reno, Sparks Nevada. Everywhere I go on the web, I get different answers. But... the fact remains that I may migrate to Reno because my employment is moving there.

My question is,

Is it cheaper to live in Reno Nevada than it is to live in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California? And how do you justify your conclusion? I look at net pay after expenses to see where I stand.


If the income for a standard of living is @ $35k in SGV Cal, what would be the equivalent pay to maintan that standard of living in Reno, Nevada.

Why would I ask that?

Because I need to tap into the knowledge, experience, and vision of the good people who live in Reno Nevada.

Now wait a minute, Before you start to call me another beast from California, hear me out. I don't drive a fancy car and act like I own the road and the State. I was raised for a time in Northern Ohio, so I know something about there and I lived in Houston for three years, so I know something about there.

And I'm just looking for information. Thanks, Jerry
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:09 AM
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I think it just depends on what you like. There are many homes under 300k and many homes much higher, but ultimately you taste determines a "good deal".

Many things that would cost you more in CA such has car registration is cheaper here but not cheap that's for sure. And of course the lack of income tax is great! food seems to be the same but gas is cheaper.

Making a decision on where to live should include cost of living but you gotta like the place too.

I myself like fancy cars.

Good luck!
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:54 PM
Location: Chico, CA
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We're moving to Northwest Reno here in a couple of weeks, and from the bit of time we've spent there so far the prices are about equivalent to what you'd see in California. I'm up north here in Chico, about 90 miles above Sacramento, and we're considered a fairly expensive place to live, so that could factor into it.

However, we've rented a 4bd/2.5ba 1800sq.ft. house with awesome views, in a wonderful neighborhood (right above the Somersett development), for $1495/mo. The going rate for houses in this category is about $1550 or so.

I wouldn't worry too much about being a 'Californian' moving to Nevada, since a lot of the people you'll meet are from California already... plus, from my experience so far, Nevadans are pretty friendly people.

It's funny how defensive we Californians get about moving out of California.

Since you didn't say exactly what city you're from, I'll have to guess that it'll be cheaper for you to live in Reno than in SoCal. It's about 7% more expensive to live in Reno than in my hometown, but I'm doubling my salary by moving there, so I think I'm coming out waaay ahead.
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