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Old Jun 30th 2013, 12:20 pm
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Hi

I would appreciate if I could get some feedback on your thoughts about a situation a friend needs help with.The person in question is thinking about moving from a northeastern state to the west coast but is concern about the cost of living difference in comparison to his current location.Currently he makes about $35K yearly.If he moves out west to either southern california or to the Seattle area chances are his income will stay the same.

He lives in north NJ but I'm not sure if california or seattle is more, or less expensive, so I don't really know what to tell him. New Jersey is extremely expensive to live but the question is, do you think southern california or seattle area is less expensive in terms of food,utility bills,rent for modest studio apartment ect? He would like to complete his degree on the west coast.Would you recommend California or Washington state for a person with a meager income?
Thanks for your advice.

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Old Jun 30th 2013, 12:49 pm
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let him do his own research

http://www.city-data.com/
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Old Jun 30th 2013, 1:48 pm
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I'm in an inexpensive part of California, and that wage would be fine for a single person in a studio apartment, but it would still be tight if he wanted to do much outside of work.
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Don't go so far west, stop in Texas.


Everyone knows everything is cheaper and bigger in Texas
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www.bestplaces.net
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I wrote a long post and lost it

Oh well. My main point was Southern California never had the reputation of a cheap place to live. And following my own investigations of the area I can confirm the rep is well deserved! Look North or look elsewhere.
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The title of your thread seems puzzling.
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Sounds like a loser to me!
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Seattle isn't cheap, Cali isn't cheap. If you want cheap then the midwest and south are the best options, away from the major cities.

The real issue is on what they intend to do with their money. Oregon might be a good compromise since it has no sales tax and income tax would be low for such an income.
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Default Re: Best 10 states in US for a person with meager income?

Originally Posted by UkWinds5353 View Post
Hi

I would appreciate if I could get some feedback on your thoughts about a situation a friend needs help with.The person in question is thinking about moving from a northeastern state to the west coast but is concern about the cost of living difference in comparison to his current location.Currently he makes about $35K yearly.If he moves out west to either southern california or to the Seattle area chances are his income will stay the same.

He lives in north NJ but I'm not sure if california or seattle is more, or less expensive, so I don't really know what to tell him. New Jersey is extremely expensive to live but the question is, do you think southern california or seattle area is less expensive in terms of food,utility bills,rent for modest studio apartment ect? He would like to complete his degree on the west coast.Would you recommend California or Washington state for a person with a meager income?
Thanks for your advice.
I cannot imagine anyone living in the big cities of CA or WA (for example, not LA, not San Diego, not San Francisco, not Seattle) on only $35K a year.

Perhaps some small, rural, town in one of those states would be OK.

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Originally Posted by Noorah101 View Post
I cannot imagine anyone living in the big cities of CA or WA (for example, not LA, not San Diego, not San Francisco, not Seattle) on only $35K a year.

Perhaps some small, rural, town in one of those states would be OK.

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It sounds like this person may be a student. PhD students where my husband works get about $40,000 I believe, but they can access subsidised housing.
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Originally Posted by Noorah101 View Post
I cannot imagine anyone living in the big cities of CA or WA (for example, not LA, not San Diego, not San Francisco, not Seattle) on only $35K a year.

Perhaps some small, rural, town in one of those states would be OK.

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It happens. You either end up living in the worst scum sucking dodgy part of town in the city that hasn't been over-run by hipsters and gentrified yet and/or you end up sharing accommodation with other professionals who are all wondering why they are still in rubbish shared accommodation in their 30s.

It's at that point you decide to move out of NYC/LA/where-ever for somewhere cheaper...
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