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    East Coast

    For all you East Coast Clones:

    My wife got a job offer for the area, and I was wondering what the cost of living is like there compared to say, the Twin Cities.

    It's unlikely that we would uproot unless the money were GREAT, but just considering.


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    Re: East Coast

    What area are you looking for?


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    Re: East Coast

    Baltimore area, but the person who's hiring is a friend that will be living in Delaware, so that may be a good possibility.


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    Re: East Coast

    I'm a little off on the cost of living in Minneapolis... on a whole Washington/Baltimore tend to be more expensive, and are certainly more expensive than Iowa, but I'm not sure about the Twin Cities.


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    Re: East Coast

    Not the best numbers to go off of but the Cost of Living Adujustment for government employees in Minneapolis is 19.43%, while DC-Balitmore is 20.89% (of base salary)


    This may not represent all data that you are interested in but it's a baseline to think off of


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    Re: East Coast

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    Not the best numbers to go off of but the Cost of Living Adujustment for government employees in Minneapolis is 19.43%, while DC-Balitmore is 20.89% (of base salary)


    This may not represent all data that you are interested in but it's a baseline to think off of
    From talking to a couple friends that actually just moved to the DC area from the Twin Cities, they said it is pretty similar...



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    Re: East Coast

    Head to this site... I find it very helpful in what you are looking for.

    Cost of Living Comparison

    I did the calculation between Minneapolis and Baltimore. Baltimore in 10% cheaper than Minneapolis.



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    Re: East Coast

    Thanks, guys. Very helpful.

    We're trying to decide how to negotiate...it appears they have deep pockets, and that's what it would take to uproot the family.


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    Re: East Coast

    I lived in Delaware for 6 years, before relocating back to the Midwest (Omaha) 3 years ago. On a cost of living basis Delaware, wouldn't be any more expensive than the Twin Cities, and most likely less. Based largely on a low total tax basis for individuals.

    We really enjoyed living there. The actual town we lived in was Newark, which is where the University of Delaware is located. It is a nice college town. The housing there was more expensive than comparable housing in Omaha. When I moved in 2005 I upgraded from a 3 bedroom 1 car garage with unfinished basement "starter home" to a 4 bedroom 2 car garage finished basement "nicer" home. I paid $500 more for my Omaha home than what I sold my home in Delaware for. However, my annual property taxes went from $1,300 to $4,800.

    Items such as food, gas, and utilities are much the same. Delaware has NO- zero-nada sales tax, so things like large appliances and electronics are rather competitive as people from Philly and Baltimore go to Delaware to buy big ticket items.

    If you currently live in the Twin Cities, I am sure you are familar with traffic. Newark to Center City Philly is about 40 minutes, and an hour to the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore. All in all I would highly recommend looking the Newark , New Castle County area. Middletown is another area. It is growing and more "suburban" feel versus the quaint college town feel of Newark. For more of an urban environment Wilmington is also an option.


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    Re: East Coast

    Wow, good luck to ya man. Keep us posted!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Wow, good luck to ya man. Keep us posted!
    It's unlikely to happen, but it is hard to say no to a friend, especially one who may be willing to pay you lots of money!


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    Re: East Coast

    It's kind of exciting though, isn't it? We were in a similar situation back in '01 or '02 - I got offered to relocate out to Denver. Was very tempting - but the fact that we had just bought our house, planning our wedding and were in the middle of school - we just couldn't do it.

    In the end it seems to have worked out for the better, as a few years ago that company closed their Denver offices.

    It was quite a thrill entertaining the idea.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    It's kind of exciting though, isn't it? We were in a similar situation back in '01 or '02 - I got offered to relocate out to Denver. Was very tempting - but the fact that we had just bought our house, planning our wedding and were in the middle of school - we just couldn't do it.

    In the end it seems to have worked out for the better, as a few years ago that company closed their Denver offices.

    It was quite a thrill entertaining the idea.
    Definitely exciting to entertain the idea. It's nice to be in the driver's seat and not be desperate for a job.


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    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Definitely exciting to entertain the idea. It's nice to be in the driver's seat and not be desperate for a job.
    So very true.



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    Re: East Coast

    My wife and I currently live about 30 min SW of the Twin Cities and I have been out 30 min NE of Baltimore since late April. The cost of living like most have stated is extremely comparable. Some of the downtown nightlife is more expensive but wouldn't matter if you aren't into that. Everything else seems to be comparable including the housing costs and constant road construction in the nice months. I absolutely love it out here and would say it is a toss up for me between here and Arizona as my two favorite areas in the country. If all our family wouldn't be so far away we would move out here in a heartbeat. Good luck on the negotiations, the one thing I have noticed is jobs seem to pay better out here, at least in my line of work.


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