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Old 05-02-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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I live in Cumming and we bought our brand new house 2 years ago. 2200sqf 4bed 2.5 bath for 240K. Hard wood floors, corian counter top, fireplace, etc.. Prices have gone down a little since. Taxes are lower that Fulton county. We have a neighborhood yahoo group and someone was very upset that her daughter bicycle was "stolen". She went on a rant saying how unsafe our neighborhood was. The bicycle was left outside all day and it wasn't even stolen, some kids just "borrowed" it and left it somewhere else in the neighborhood. Also everytime a couple of teenagers get together someone complains. You may also be interested on the GA pre-k system. It is free at 4 yo.
There is racism in GA but I also found it in AZ (toward Mexicans).

Hope this answers your questions. In the end you should move where the job is. You don't want to live in Cumming if your job is on the east side.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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Like I said and like you guys are saying - HOUSES are cheaper here - but gas is the same, food is the same, entertainment (like soccer fees) are the same.

But houses are definitely cheaper here.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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Plessthanpointohfive, not only are houses cheaper but so is child care, I doubt you spend $17 for a movie per person. Our gas is well over $4/gallon and has been so for nearly two years. And, like I mentioned to rent is far cheaper than it is here in the Bay. I would also argue the grocery bill too. Thank you & Mccance can appreciate what I am saying. And, gain, if either my husband and I loose our job we will be homeless. So housing is not the only thing that is cheaper in GA. Having cheaper housing goes a long way, especially when you have kids (one less thing to worry about).
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:11 AM
 
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Also Plessthanpointohfive, don't get me started on our ridiculous parking. But I've already covered that.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Oh, also correction I meant Jomark and not Mccance in my previous statement. Mccance submitted something about the weather. The weather here is not perfect but is a reason why people say they aren't willing to live the Bay Area. The weather is not enough for me to have no money in my bank account (S. CA in my opinion has way better weather than N. CA).
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:17 AM
 
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I don't know how much you pay for child care but when my son was in daycare it was $700/month for the older kids, more for the younger. And that was a cheap daycare.

I can't argue gas...don't even know what it costs now a days because I bike everywhere.

Rent is housing, which is cheaper.

I've heard if from many other people who move here and think everything's cheaper. And it turns out...it's only really housing. And if you have to commute an hour or more like MOST people here then it sort of starts affecting that, too.

I've never lived in the Bay Area, true. But I've got friends there and in NYC and in freakin Paris. My head is not in the sand.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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Your head is in the sand when it comes to living expenses in the Bay Area which is one of if not the most expensive place to live in the US. For child care/day care for my eldest I spent $1600/mo. and get charged a $1/minute for being late. Now she is in Kindergarten and it is around the same amount for just school. She stays in after care and it costs more. To rent and own a home which I already went over costs more here than any where else. My property taxes are over $8000 for the year, we have the highest income tax, and state and local taxes than GA has. And my utility bills are over $1000/mo. So yes GA is more affordable than the Bay Area, I do know this because I use to live in GA.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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Also, $1600 a month is very cheap here for child care its hard to beat that price unless you have some sort of public assistance. The areas that I'm researching for child care is much less than $700/mo you are talking about. Besides I've lived in GA so I do know what I am talking about
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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Okay, calm down. My only point is that a lot of people come here thinking it so much cheaper than where they are and find out it's not as cheap as they thought. There are often unexpected expenses.

I live in the city of Atlanta now. I can tell you that if you still plan to keep your child in private school it's going to be about the same as you're paying now, depending on the school.

Now, the suburbs are definitely cheaper all around - daycare, private school, everything. It's not the same cost of living across all of Georgia.
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:29 AM
 
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Plessthanpointohfive, I'm calm but there has been some GA folks that have been very insensitive to reasons why others migrate to your state. What people need to remember is that any Major city like Atlanta is going to be expensive. I'm going to be moving to the burbs. But the ATL is still cheaper in comparison to N. CA. & at least in GA you guys don't have some of your surrounding cities on the verge of filing bankruptcy. For any one in the Bay Area I say stop the insanity and move, if not to GA then move any where else but the Bay your wallet will thank you later.
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