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I was surprised to fine equivalent salary of 70k in columbus ohio is 115k. i was using a salary calculator. Your comments. Is life and cost of living in CA expensive? YOur feedbacsk pelase
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Welcome to Java Ranch. The atmosphere we try to maintain here is more that of a professional exchange, than that of a chat room. So do register and use your full name please.
As for living in Silicon Valley, I don't, so someone else will have to tell you horror stories. But from friends of mine out there, the costs of living there are higher than anywhere else. The rents are supposedly higher than Manhattan, without all the regulation and rent control that jacks up prices here: things are expensive out there simply because there's so much money.
I read an article a few months ago in the Times that said some of the lower-wage workers buy a bus ticket at night and sleep there, because they can't afford to rent anything. I'll bet $70K in Ohio buys you more than $115K in Silicon Valley. But someone else will have to confirm that.
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Al, I am a former CA resident - Bay Area and Sacramento. I haven't lived there in five years - I moved right before the Dot Com explosion. I do know in San Jose (Silicon Valley) the average home price is over $400k. That basically is a starter home. I have also read that family income of $50k still qualifies for gov't assistance.
It would appear that 115K in Silicon Valley isn't close to 70K in OH. My friends that live in the Bay Area cannot afford homes and they make good money.
Several people opt to commute - live in a more out-lying area - but then you have to fight the unbelievable traffic.
I would do some serious research before moving there.
Just my 2 cents.
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