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Old 01-31-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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I am in the interview process with a job in Santa Fe where the offer (if it is made) will be in the low 90s with an additional relocation package for moving expenses. I am just wondering if that is a comfortable income level for a single person. I have done a few COL calculations, and see that it will be higher than where I currently living (New Orleans-- my salary goes a long way here), but quite a bit less than it was where I lived for years (DC). I don't have kids and am in my 30s. What do you think?

If the job is offered, there are lots of other considerations that go into the move, but on the basis of income alone, I am wondering if it would be advisable. Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I know people making a lot less who live in Santa Fe.

New Orleans, D.C.? Been to both, worked in D.C. for years. We came to the Albuquerque area because we wanted to without regard to pay. But would you really like Santa Fe? Some people do not, or do not like New Mexico.

Single in your 30's no kids... You are not really tied do, go for it while you have the chance... (I'm too old)
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am in the interview process with a job in Santa Fe where the offer (if it is made) will be in the low 90s with an additional relocation package for moving expenses. I am just wondering if that is a comfortable income level for a single person. I have done a few COL calculations, and see that it will be higher than where I currently living (New Orleans-- my salary goes a long way here), but quite a bit less than it was where I lived for years (DC). I don't have kids and am in my 30s. What do you think?

If the job is offered, there are lots of other considerations that go into the move, but on the basis of income alone, I am wondering if it would be advisable. Thanks!
I can't imagine not being able to live comfortably on $90,000 plus in Sante Fe. It is more expensive than Albuquerque but a lot less than many places in the country and you are talking about just 1 person. I will add, Sante Fe is a wonderful and very pretty place to live with lots of history..It isn't NOLA or DC but has its own magic.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Default 90K and single?

Ninety k and single, it should be a cakewalk just about anywhere in the country unless you are really into burning through your wallet every month. You ought to be putting ten percent of that money aside for when you're old. And I can tell you that because I'm old, on social security, and am serving as a bad example to young people who need to save!

Many years ago I tried to get on with the NM Dept of Insurance and had lots of varied experience. But I think there is an "insider" system in the government that left me on the short end.

But Santa Fe is gorgeous, has a rich history, culturally advanced, particularly with arts, is close to Taos, another beautiful and interesting area, and is nestled in the mountains which makes the summers a little cooler (and the winters a bit colder).

I think you are one fortunate young man or woman.

Good luck.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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I have been to New Mexico on a cross country drive and spent a few days in ABQ, which I really enjoyed. If things get serious with the offer, I will try to fly out and spend a little time in Santa Fe. The complicating factor is that I have a parent who has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on the east coast, and now might not be a great time to relocate even further away. I am not trying to jump the gun and make any decisions-- I just want to see if I could live there on my income comfortably. Believe it or not, I made a bit more than that in DC and it was sometimes difficult to get by due to the condo fees, gas prices, etc. I live better in New Orleans on less!
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:27 AM
 
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I've lived in DC and ABQ, and of course spent a decent amount of time in Santa Fe. You will be more than comfortable on 90k unless you are reckless with your money.

New Mexico could not be more different than DC, but I love it there. Still I recognize that its not for everyone.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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I can't imagine not being able to live comfortably on $90,000 plus in Sante Fe. It is more expensive than Albuquerque but a lot less than many places in the country and you are talking about just 1 person. I will add, Sante Fe is a wonderful and very pretty place to live with lots of history..It isn't NOLA or DC but has its own magic.
I love Santa Fe. Vacation there at least once a year. I just love the history.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:09 PM
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I've lived in Louisiana for 20+ years and I'd say $90K for a single person in SFe would be about the same as Nawlins - except housing and no mudbugs.

IF the cost of housing is a bit steep, then you can do like a lot of folks and commute from ABQ/Rio Rancho. Coming from the Crescent City to SFe is going to be one heck of a shock (as in SFe is pretty quite and boring). At least ABQ would offer you a lot more options for a social life, shopping, activities etc.

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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I'd like to live on 90M in Santa Fe. I make a lot less and managed to buy a house. I live frugally but not so much I can't do anything. It really depends on your lifestyle and expectations.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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I'll join the crowd and say you would do well here on a $90,000/year salary.
While housing, on the average, is probably higher here - it all depends on neighborhood. I mean, if you were to compare homes in New Orleans' Garden District with Santa Fe, then we'd look like a bargain. Putting on my Realtor's hat, I'd have no problem saying that you can find very good values here in Santa Fe. Other prices will be more or less similar to what you're used to.

Good luck with the interviews!
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