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Would you move to another state/country just because it was cheaper?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7857 points ) October 7th, 2010

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Cruiser's avatar

No never! I would only move because it would provide a better quality of life with a view of course!

marinelife's avatar

No. I have moved to a different state because the employment picture was better.

Frenchfry's avatar

I love Florida. I guess not anymore. I am retiring here. I moved over thirteen times, and for more reasons I can count . It has never been because it was cheaper.

Seek's avatar

Absolutely. I have no innate sense loyalty to this country solely because I happened to be born here. I would love to move to Scandinavia, I think. I’ll move in with @cazzie until I learn the language. ^_^

BoBo1946's avatar

No and yes! Depends, as @marinelife said, there could be a reason to move and jobs are certainly a consideration. Cheaper…probably not. I really love where I live, but if you are not working….maybe cheaper would be better. Being retired, not a consideration for me, but can understand why others would consider it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Y’all haven’t lived in New York State.

meiosis's avatar

I don’t think I could ever leave England on a permanent basis.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Are you planning on moving?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Aesthetic_Mess Not right now. NY also has my namesake, the Adirondack Park. One of the few perks of NY. Tom Golisano (Owner of the Buffalo Sabres) just relocated to Florida,a state with no income tax. He was quoted in the news saying it saved him $13,800 a day.

Seek's avatar

^ Yeah, but on the other hand, he’s living in Florida. He’s probably paying that much in homeowner’s insurance.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

True. My homeowners doesn’t have a hurricane exclusion. :)

Deja_vu's avatar

No way! Cheaper sometimes means lame.

Deja_vu's avatar

I live in Hawaii. It cost more to live here than San Francisco. I was even shocked to find out how cheap it was to live in South Beach, Miami when I was in Florida. Everything cost way more here. So cheaper, if it’s rad, sure I’ll move. (Kind of changed my original answer.)

rts486's avatar

No, I wouldn’t use that as a deciding point. I would check out the area first, there might be a reason it’s cheaper. I’ve lived all over the U.S., and I’ve noticed while some places are much cheaper, the average income is much lower too. I lived in Hawaii for three years and had the highest salary I’ve ever had, but the cost of living evened it out. I think you need to look at the whole situation there: the cost of living compared to your income; the standard of living you’ll have; crime; does that area have the climate you want; and does it have the type of lifestyle you want.

Deja_vu's avatar

@rts486 That’s true.

muppetish's avatar

This is definitely one of those topics I have been contemplated recently. I’m still young, don’t have any permanent job, and am about to graduate with a BA. California is ridiculously expensive. Unless “The Plan” includes living at home until I get on my feet, I’m not going to be able to afford things without a stable income… which will be difficult to acquire considering how competitive the job market has been lately.

As much as I love California (minus the weather), I might end up leaving after sketching out a cost-benefit analysis. Leaving the country would be a bit more difficult, but it’s something I may end up doing for graduate study anyway. Getting a work visa and a more permanent place to live than a dorm would just be taking things a step further.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@muppetish Where would you go to?

muppetish's avatar

Australia is at the top of the list right now. The school I’m looking at would be less expensive to attend than a California State University (unless they paid for my tuition in full… which I doubt they will.) I’m also tentatively considering a school in London (because I could still use FAFSA to help cover my tuition.) It all depends on which school gives me the best offer and from the look of things so far, that school won’t be in California.

Aster's avatar

No, unless my present state was keeping me broke!

downtide's avatar

No. There would have to be many many other better reasons than that. “Cheap” usually also means “there is no work here”.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

No and yes. No because it would have to give me a greater quality of living along with pocket savings and yes because I did move from my most favorite place to live cheaper/better and found it not better just cheaper and nowhere near enough to make me want to stay.

Seaofclouds's avatar

There would have to be a lot of other reasons behind the move rather than just because it’s cheaper.

tinyfaery's avatar

Sometimes I think about it. I live in one of the most expensive cities in one of the most expensive states to live in, but I am a spoiled So. Californian. I’d miss the weather and the beach and the fun. I could never live in the middle of the U.S. (the rectangular states), the eastern seaboard gets too cold, and Florida, is well, Florida. Not gonna live there.

YARNLADY's avatar

My husbands employment is what decides where we live.

iphigeneia's avatar

No, unless I wanted to live there for the rest of my life. Cheaper everything usually means lower salaries, and then you’re stuck there. Which would suck.

Mom2BDec2010's avatar

I would unless it was a bad neighborhood.

mattbrowne's avatar

Actually, yes. In 1995. Munich was too expensive.

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