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View Poll Results: Which has the lowest cost of living?
New York City 1 1.92%
Seattle 42 80.77%
Bay Area 1 1.92%
Los Angeles 8 15.38%
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:45 PM
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Generally for the same space with similar amenities, I found the Bay Area (specifically SF and Berkeley though) much closer to LA (downtown-ish areas and westside) than NYC (Manhattan, western third of Queens, North and Northwest Brooklyn). I never had to scout for rent in Seattle, but from what I know from friends, it should be lower than the other three.
Hmm. NYC apartments tend to be smaller, so maybe that's not a fair comparison. From what I heard, a typical apartment has more space but the general price isn't that much cheaper. Craigslist prices I found look high, though not quite to NYC levels. And you're looking at only the innermost areas of NYC. The less trendy outer areas of NYC and most suburbs are definitely cheaper than equivalent parts of the Bay Area.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:52 PM
 
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Just city and especially core areas... then

NYC
SF
LA
Seattle...

Metro and including farther out places in NYC and LA since LA and Seattle are smaller city limits

Bay Area
LA
NYC
Seattle

Bay Area is high priced from Santa Cruz all the way up to Napa.

I could definitely see LA as #2 in metro also b/c of the weather/nature premiums, but it might be NYC...

5 most expensive housing metros:

San Jose, Calif.: $805,000
San Francisco: $705,000
Honolulu: $679,800
Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif.: $670,700
San Diego: $485,000.

National Association of Realtors November Release Data...

The problem with the Coastal CA metros is...well, you are in Coastal CA, pretty much everywhere that is safe there is $$$ the entire way up.
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:30 PM
 
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NYC and SF a tossup
LA
SEATTLE
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:00 AM
 
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Cost of Living Calculator: Compare the Cost of Living in Two Cities - CNNMoney

You really don't have to speculate, you know.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:32 PM
 
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Am I wrong or is NYC not nearly as pricey outside of Manhattan? Bay Area values are obscene for miles and miles.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:08 PM
 
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Am I wrong or is NYC not nearly as pricey outside of Manhattan? Bay Area values are obscene for miles and miles.
You're wrong..... Ever heard of long island or Brooklyn
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