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Old 01-30-2018, 12:39 AM
 
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I’m a 24 year old male looking for a new life away from California crazy laws. I have been looking at Fort Worth or Dallas. I need to know cost-of-living how much an hour do you have to make to survive or to live comfortable. I’ll be visiting Texas this summer to see it in person. I just need help to know if this is a wise choice.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:50 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Job skills?
Educational needs?
Climate and activity desires?

Any fear of serious weather (Hail, tornadoes, Rain...)

As a 24 YO, I would be looking for higher wages and career advancement. (and reasonable CoL)

BUT... never cap your earnings by seeking to live cheap!

1st go for the earnings... several single 20 somethings I know chose international employment in war zones for high earnings, tax free, costs paid + R&R paid for and NO / little time / opportunity to spend $$.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:17 AM
 
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Cost of living alone isn't best guide. COL, income and quality of life is a more well rounded set.


DFW is below national average on cost of living (on average, your choices matter) and below most places in CA. Average income is about national average. Above or below where you are coming from? Find out. Quality of life? Depends a lot on you but DFW probably has most of the good and bad. Just got to go for the good and try to dodge some of the bad.


Make your visit long enough and have a plan. Prioritize checking deal maker / breaker issues over just sightseeing / having fun.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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I’d budget for $2000 per month living expenses and add in any loan payments you have. Assuming your pay would include health insurance:

1 bedroom apt plus utilities. $1200
Car Insurance $200
Food. $300
Clothing, dining out, health co-pays $300

So if you have a car payment or loan payments, etc. add that into the NET 24K needed per year. Lets assume you have another $400/month on other bills. So $2400/mo with addl 15% for taxes means minimum $16 per hour.
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:38 AM
 
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I’d budget for $2000 per month living expenses and add in any loan payments you have. Assuming your pay would include health insurance:

1 bedroom apt plus utilities. $1200
Car Insurance $200
Food. $300
Clothing, dining out, health co-pays $300

So if you have a car payment or loan payments, etc. add that into the NET 24K needed per year. Lets assume you have another $400/month on other bills. So $2400/mo with addl 15% for taxes means minimum $16 per hour.
$1200 per month is probably on the lower end if you want to live in any of the trendy young professional areas of town that are near bars and restaurants. Most of the new apartments being built around downtown fort worth are closer to $2000 a month and I am sure that Uptown in Dallas is more than that.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply. I have a CDL. I’m looking to join into the water district with the city or a government job.
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Old 01-30-2018, 02:01 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for you time in replying.
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Old 01-30-2018, 02:05 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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You want City (urban) or rural / smaller town?

Do you desire to be near and airport or college?

USA jobs... https://www.usajobs.gov/

or... until you find an opening in gov... west TX driving CDL for energy companies.

DFW would be 2nd from last on my TX list (cuz I don't do 'stop-lights / traffic'.)
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:20 PM
 
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I want city and rural mix.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Seriously look at Midland and Odessa. They are begging for CDL drivers out there. Towns are smaller than DFW so you could easily live in a rural area!
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