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Old 04-23-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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I apologize if this has been mentioned already, but its the first published numbers I've seen on the actual cost of living difference in dollars vs. other cities. Nice little article.


Tulsa transplants drawn to low cost of living, high quality of life

Tulsa transplants drawn to low cost of living, high quality of life | Tulsa World
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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I apologize if this has been mentioned already, but its the first published numbers I've seen on the actual cost of living difference in dollars vs. other cities. Nice little article.


Tulsa transplants drawn to low cost of living, high quality of life

Tulsa transplants drawn to low cost of living, high quality of life | Tulsa World

Since no one else is responding let me take a crack at it : Tulsa OK has stepped into the conversation of up and coming cities " sometime around 2008" when the BOK Center was built , and many new improvements were being made in " the river park system". The historic route 66 upgrade didn't hurt either.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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Default Tulsa vs. Chicago

We moved from our long time home city of Tulsa to Chicago last year to accept a job offer. When negotiating the salary we looked at numbers like these and decided that nearly a doubled cost of housing and higher everything else demanded a substantial pay increase. We asked for a number we couldn't imagine having made in Tulsa and the company didn't bat an eye. (Maybe should have gone higher!)

Now we are looking at buying a house (here in CHI). A nice sized single family in a semi safe neighborhood (with a <30min commute to downtown) goes for somewhere between 325-400K and I am told that is a deal. Even many of the forclosures hang around that price and if the building is in a "desireable" neighborhood the house can be in need of complete rehab or demolition and the lot can maintain a value almost that high.

I often think back to our first home, my 100k bungalow in Kendall Whittier and how I would look longingly at the gingerbread brick bungalows in Florance park (that were over 200k! ) or the houses along the river trail and think... Man, for what we may end up paying here I could almost have my pick of palaces in Tulsa.

But would a company really take my husband (now with senior dev. experience) at the salary he makes here? The average salaries in the article made the cities seem comparable as far as pay but I have my doubts.

I love Tulsa and miss it for many reasons, but I am really enjoying the things Chicago has to offer that Tulsa just didn't have. Public transportation and walkability throughout the city (not just downtown) are biggies. All that to say, we may be back someday!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I miss Tulsa, and am considering a move back right now, if I can convince my wife. We currently live in west Michigan, and actually love it here. However, the economy stinks. It's marginally better on this side of the state (compared to the Detroit Metro, where we also lived for 4 years), but still...it's dismal. What's scary is it is better now than it was a few years ago!

Earlier today I pulled up two browser windows and had Tulsa craigslist on one, Grand Rapids on the other, then looked at job listings.

If you care to do it, you'll quickly see why I want to move.
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