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[–] Ehecatl 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

I Think it would be even cooler if they did a map where they broke it up into smaller regions. So you can see how different metro areas will have different purchasing parity and the purchasing power would increase as you radiate out from populous areas. The east and west coasts would definitely be interesting to see.

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[–] deific 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yeah, NY is pretty lopsided obviously. (I live upstate)

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[–] Ehecatl 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

But because that's averaged out for the whole state of New york, im curious how far $100 would actually go in NYC by the purchasing parity system they're using.

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[–] Irony_Dan 3 points 0 points (+3|-3) ago 

Came to say this, saw someone already did, upvoated.

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[–] lanceschaubert 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yes. This. Also, does this correspond to saying you earn more in the golden states?

If so... maybe earn in those states and retire in the others...

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[–] Sops 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Gold stater here, thats the plan. No way I'm retiring here with all this traffic.

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[–] Hokie200proof 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I agree as their VA number is high as I imagine NOVA is a small bastion of luxury and expense in an otherwise pretty poor state .

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[–] Nietzsche__ 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You'd probably see extreme fluctuations all over cities in a map like that where housing costs are averaged out in the map above.

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[–] Ehecatl 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Maybe not that super detailed of a scale then? Maybe at the county level?

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[–] HelloMyNameisSusan 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

But how long does it take to earn $100 in each of those states?

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[–] AnusGape 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

This is a better question.

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[–] Grunge 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm from Kansas and if you can make 30K there, you can live quite comfortably. But it was hard to get a good paying job there. The economy isn't exactly booming there.

I live in Boston now, while you'll make more, it's more difficult to live comfortably without roommates.

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[–] H-Bomb32 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You're correct in regards to salary, however the cost of living in DC is insane. I made 6 figures in DC and after taxes, rent, and commuting costs, I was literally breaking even. Keep in mind I lived an hour outside of the city (cheaper), and lived with 4 roommates. (I apologize that all I have is anecdotal evidence.)

I live in NC now, make about 30k a year in a very ritzy area (US open was here last year), and I'm living in a 3 bed 2 bath house, and still able to travel the world annually.

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[–] Wallace_II 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I lived in Ohio making minimum wage and it seemed more expensive to live. I live in KY and make a lot more but it's much cheaper to live. Out here if you can pass a drug test you can get a job.. but there aren't many upper-middle class jobs..

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[–] StanDarsh 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You can make like $200 a night just as a server in LA/OC. I imagine it's the same in NYC/Hawaii.

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[–] wishitwas 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Moved from California to Tennessee, I love not paying state income tax!

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[–] ForgotMyName 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Have you compared your income tax? States with no sales taxes get their money from somewhere.

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[–] MOTIF 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Does an income to cost of living ratio chart like this exist? Lets just say living in NYC gets really old really fast.

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[–] Teddyninja 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

How is this calculated? Genuinely interested as I have seen this before and wonder what it is based upon.

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[–] YoukaiCountry 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Semi-rural Ohioan here, can verify that the cost of living is pleasantly low!

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[–] Sibyl 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Non-rural Ohioan, can verify cost of living is still pleasantly low!

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[–] Not_Convinced 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I live in a rural state and I see these statements about purchasing power. I would like to see one of these maps based on real cost. 60 mile round trip to a decent grocery store adds to the budget, and don't get me started on the 180 mile round trip for decent Chinese take out.

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[–] MrPim 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You should open up a chinese takeout shop.

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[–] quaestio-omnia 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's only a 15% variation on either side. Not that bad actually.

It's almost certainly much worse on a metro vs rural basis. I mean Chicago and NYC must be closer than this graphic would indicate.

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[–] tomlinas 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This is the big thing this map doesn't show. WA state looks pretty reasonable but Seattle has surpassed NYC and LA for cost of living. East of the mountains in particular this is true, but even generally, as you distance yourself from Seattle, prices plummet.

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