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Re: COL living Map

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    Very interesting. They used Houston for the TX representative, but Austin has a higher cost of living. I guess we are about average.
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    It is interesting. We're below the national average, as I expected. For my county, the average HOUSEHOLD income is between $30-40,000.
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    Hmm they used Tupelo to rep MS . I think we have the lowest COL in the south but we are also the poorest state. I wouldn't move though because the COL is so low.
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    Why wouldn't they use majo cities in some states?  For Indiana they listed Marion, IN...why not Indianapolis.  I think Indiana as an average is below the national average. 
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    Boston MA
    Cost of living index: 131.1
    Local equivalent to $250k: $327,750
    Encouraging, lol. 

    The median household income for my town is slightly higher than it is for the state.
    70K compared to the states average of 65K.

    Average house costs $377,065 compared to the states average of $353,600.

    I think thats why I nearly faint when I see some girls post pics of their beautiful 4 bedrooms they bought for 200K in other parts of the country!

    I guess its all relative though.  It also explains why some brides think spending X amount on weddings is outrageous.
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    We are above the national average. Maybe that's why we can't afford anything.
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    $327k to have what would be $250k in Boston. That sounds about right! The Northeast in general is very expensive.
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    Dang, I am never moving to the NE.
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    Interesting.

    Charlotte and Raleigh are getting a lot of people moving here from the NE.  They've realized they can buy twice as much on the same income living here. 
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    The average household income in Indianapolis is about $40K, luckily DH & I are above that. 
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    :( canada isnt on there. I feel excluded.

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_col-living-map?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:17Discussion:de268696-95d6-4937-bf75-e867cb27aa2cPost:f381bae6-1567-4132-8b9d-dcb2e13b8a8a">Re: COL living Map</a>:
    [QUOTE]Dang, I am never moving to the NE.
    Posted by ricksang[/QUOTE]

    Oh yeah the NE is insane...my friends in PA pay about $750-800 for a 1 bedroom apartment.  DH & I rent a 3bdr/2bath house w/garage for $900
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_col-living-map?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:17Discussion:de268696-95d6-4937-bf75-e867cb27aa2cPost:f381bae6-1567-4132-8b9d-dcb2e13b8a8a">Re: COL living Map</a>:
    [QUOTE]Dang, I am never moving to the NE.
    Posted by ricksang[/QUOTE]

    Seriously. FI and I talked about moving and it's hard to even consider it. We'd have to move from our house to a small apartment and have a lot less money.

    BTW, ButtrflyKate, your son is getting big! He's so cute.
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    Sorry Nebb :(

    Fever move here! It's hot during the summer but you can get a lot of so little. Plus the people are super nice!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_col-living-map?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:de268696-95d6-4937-bf75-e867cb27aa2cPost:0a1aa22a-9d34-4a6d-9a6c-25e7286d8c14">Re: COL living Map</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: COL living Map : Oh yeah the NE is insane...my friends in PA pay about $750-800 for a 1 bedroom apartment.  DH & I rent a 3bdr/2bath house w/garage for $900
    Posted by *BeachBride0410*[/QUOTE]

    I have a 2 bedroom (Declan's room hardly counts as a bedroom it's so small, but it's a room) and I pay $1400 a month, which is CHEAP.

    Thanks MIAF! He's almost 2 now. It's going by too quickly! :(
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    The cost of living in Detroit is above the national average? Really?
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    Ricks, where is here?

    We pay sooooo little, it's ridiculous. But the job market is such sh!t right now, especially for my field.
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    Uh, they used SF to represent CA. LA is above the average but not nearly as expensive as SF.

    Also, FWIW, upstate NY is WAAAAY cheaper than NYC. I bet Buffalo would be well below average.
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    Oh here is Mississippi. What is your field?
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    They used San Francisco for California but I read COL is about 11% higher than Los Angeles. FI and I talk about moving to another state where COL is lower than LA but we have not really considered it. I think his career is what makes it hard to move, mine is way more flexible.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_col-living-map?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:17Discussion:de268696-95d6-4937-bf75-e867cb27aa2cPost:d1489a8f-ff48-4026-a6fe-01e06b709889">Re: COL living Map</a>:
    [QUOTE]Oh here is Mississippi. What is your field?
    Posted by ricksang[/QUOTE]

    Nice! Journalism. Even worse? PRINT journalism.
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    I love Buffalo. My aunt used to have a house there.
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    $1400, wow! thats insane!!!  is that an apartment or house?
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    I admire journalists. I am terrible at creative writing.

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    [QUOTE]Ricks, where is here? We pay sooooo little, it's ridiculous. But the job market is such sh!t right now, especially for my field.
    Posted by MarriedInAFever[/QUOTE]

    Your right!  Coming from PA I couldn't get over how little things cost out here.  But your right we have a lot of people unemployed.  I got to keep my same job in PA, but work out of a Indianapolis office, so my salary stayed the same.  So I get paid more for my job then I would if it went my IN cost of living.
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    The NE is so ridiculous.  FI paid $395 a month for a one bedroom apt. when he was in IN and we pay $1200 for the same here in NJ.  AND he had a dishwasher and washer/dryer set in his old apt.  We're planning on moving to DE, MD, VA, or NC after we get married.  We could have so much more for what we can afford.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_col-living-map?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:17Discussion:de268696-95d6-4937-bf75-e867cb27aa2cPost:e372e0a9-e293-466d-a821-ff624d8bd05a">Re: COL living Map</a>:
    [QUOTE]I admire journalists. I am terrible at creative writing.
    Posted by ricksang[/QUOTE]

    <img src="http://cdn.cl9.vanillaforums.com/downloaded/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-smile.gif" border="0" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /> Thanks! It's fun, there just isn't any full-time work in this area.

    I just made the connection that you're pursuing a nutrition career in Mississippi. Wow. Isn't Mississippi the most obese state? You could do a world of good there.
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    Yes MS is the most obese state and I hope that I can make an impact when I get out of school. It makes me happy that Michelle Obama is using childhood obesity as her platform. Over 40 to 50% of our children are overweight. Did you know that MS has one of the best school lunch programs?
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    [QUOTE]Yes MS is the most obese state and I hope that I can make an impact when I get out of school. It makes me happy that Michelle Obama is using childhood obesity as her platform. Over 40 to 50% of our children are overweight. Did you know that MS has one of the best school lunch programs?
    Posted by ricksang[/QUOTE]

    I did not know that! Childhood obesity is a scary, scary problem. Our local school lunch programs are terrible--rectangle pizza every day. And french fries. My nearest city does have a school garden network though, I think that makes a huge difference. The kids are really involved and create much better eating habits.
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    [QUOTE]Yes MS is the most obese state and I hope that I can make an impact when I get out of school. It makes me happy that Michelle Obama is using childhood obesity as her platform. Over 40 to 50% of our children are overweight. <strong>Did you know that MS has one of the best school lunch programs?</strong>
    Posted by ricksang[/QUOTE]
     
    Is it healthier?  I'm curious because they revamped the school lunch program and we can't sell anything that has sugar as the first ingredient, but they still sell cookies and treats.  I think they do offer healthier options though, whcihis good.  But I've seen the food come in and it looks vile.  The ground beef gets shipped in the shape of a giant cube.  They just hack off pieces for lunch. 
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