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Old 08-28-2006, 03:31 PM
 
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I'm in a dilemma and maybe you can help me with a decision.

I'm a single male who earns in the lower 30's/k max a year.

If by that income you had the choice of living in either Northern NJ or in a town in any of the Counties surrounding Philadelphia, PA (not philadelphia/county or philadelphia proper) as a studio/1 bedroom apartment renter - where would you go to?

I really need your help as maybe you can give me the headsup on what to do or any differences in expenses between the two areas as well as the job opportunities.
Also an area would have to have public transportation access in case I decide to ditch my car and use that mode to get around or getting to work.

I do Accounts Receivable, Credit & Collections (business to business).

Thanks for your anticipated help and have a GREAT Day/Evening/Night!
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Personally, I'd choose neither. I'd pick ABE (Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton), which is situated about an hour north of Philly and 90 minutes SW of NYC. Housing prices here are MUCH more affordable than they would be in North Jersey or the Philly 'burbs, and you could use the money you save with the lower rents to have a more disposable income to enjoy life! Mass transit serves the entire Lehigh Valley, but a car is still a must. Good luck!
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Old 08-29-2006, 03:02 PM
 
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Smile affordable housing

the ABE area is ok..(Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton) the Allentown airport
is a nice little airport and I love the Brandywine area of Pa. outside of Philly.
Newtown Square is a beautiful little town...don't know much about the
property value there though....You can rent a nice garden apt. in Allentown.
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:57 PM
 
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I would do anything but Northern Jersey..30K/yr will not rent you anything great there and at least Allentown (while not my favorite place on earth) has a bit more affordable cost of living and is a tad less congested.

Have you considered any other areas??? Like Dover, DE or Syracuse, NY??? If you could find a job in those areas you would find yourself really able to stretch your paycheck. The salaries there are good and the rent is low comapred to what your salary would be!
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Well, I'd actually reccommend Scranton if you could find a suitable career opportunity. Our housing prices are so affordable (especially in-town) that you could very easily afford your own home at a $35,000 salary. I'm thinking you want to stay relatively close to NYC and Philly, which is why I didn't suggest it earlier. ;o)
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