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Old 06-05-2007, 06:21 PM
 
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i LIVE IN THE CARRIBEAN AND WANT TO GO TO MASSACUSSETES TO LIVE PERMANENTLY i WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT AREA IS GOOD AND NOT TOO EXPENSIVE WIT SOME GOOD PUBLIC SCOOLS AROUND
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:17 PM
 
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I hope you have a lot of money. Its expensive here. If you need cheap you'd have to live is western MA - but good luck! Its still expensive.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:17 AM
 
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Exactly, Many Many people leave Massachusetts as well as New England due to the ridiculous cost of living. I would dare to say more leave over how expensive it is, than those that leave over dislike for the climate. There is really no excuse for the high cost of living there, it is nice but simply put it is not a place that would warrant that expense.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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When you compare COL to salaries, Western Massachusetts is very expensive!




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I hope you have a lot of money. Its expensive here. If you need cheap you'd have to live is western MA - but good luck! Its still expensive.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:08 AM
 
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Yes, the cost of living is high but I think it all depends on what you consider not too expensive and what you're looking for in a community. If you need to be close to Boston, prices are crazy. Further out from there there are pockets where you can certainly get a nice apartment or home. People coming here from many parts of the US do have sticker shock. I don't know what prices are like in the Carribean so it's hard to say.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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It depends on how much money you will be making because boston is very expensive as the other posters have said.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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It has always been a commuting world especially in eastern Mass, and the commutes kept getting longer and longer as people had to move further away from the Boston area to try and escape the high cost. Now people commute from RI and NH and those areas are no longer a bargain at all. Unless one is at a high income and can handle the costs of a place like Mass, I would seriously consider the decision becasue it is a hard life if your commuting long long distances every day, and your housing costs are still high even when your 50 miles away from Boston, and that is what life is like there. Please don't think anyone is trying to scare you away from moving there, but the cost is really something one has to put at the top of their list when considering moving there.
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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Just a few comments on the 'ridiculous' costs of living in New England.

Median price cost of a single family home in Portland Oregon is close to 300K

Ashland Oregon is over 400K

Aside from Boston; all of New England is in fact cheaper for real estate then Portland Or and Seattle Washington (375K)

Also Oregon has no sales tax- but some of the highest real estate taxes in the nation. Also the median income is higher in Mass as compared to Oregon- the ability for the average person in Oregon to buy a home in Portland Or is less then that of Boston; unless they cash out from California.
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