Dallas - Ft. Worth area....Cost of Living

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    Nov 10, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    I'm looking at a new job in the area....can you live a decent life on $85K? Can you get a decent house and not be in a "cracker box" or "the projects"?
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  • dabcrt

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    Nov 10, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    Hi Sporty, I live in Dallas...and yes you can live very well on 85K. The average house in Dallas cost 148K. You can live in a great hood for 250K. Nice condo in the gayborhood 200-300K. AThere is no state income tax here although property tax is a little high. My home is 4000 square feet, 6 Bed/4 bath and would list at about 319K. This is in far North Dallas area...considered a nice neighborhood. Takes 20 Minutes to get downtown. Gas/grocery etc. is less than areas on either coast. Much to do as far as sports and the arts are concerned. Also a great LGBT community here. Dallas is quite liberal and accepting toward our people as are most employers. I like it here and should think that you would as well.....The bad.......IT's get hot as hell here in the summer and there is really no beach..but several lakes. Questions?
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    dabcrt pretty much covered it. You can live very comfortably on 85K here.
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    Nov 10, 2010 3:06 AM GMT
    2007 Cost of Living index (for given city). National average is 100. Dallas near the bottom at 91.5, so it's relatively affordable.

    New York (Manhattan), N.Y. 214.3
    San Francisco, Calif. 169.5
    Honolulu, Hawaii 164
    Los Angeles, Calif. 145.4
    San Diego, Calif. 140.3
    Washington, DC 137.2
    Boston, Mass. 135.4
    Juneau, Alaska 134.7
    Philadelphia, Pa. 124.1
    Seattle, Wash. 121.5
    Portland, Ore. 121.4
    Baltimore, Md. 118.6
    Chicago, Ill. 110.8
    Eugene, Ore. 110.7
    Minneapolis, Minn. 110.6
    Las Vegas, Nev. 110.3
    Richmond, Va. 106.9
    Billings, Mont. 104.5
    Denver, Colo. 103.8
    Buffalo, N.Y. 101.8
    Salt Lake City, Utah 101.1
    Phoenix, Ariz. 101
    Milwaukee, Wis. 100.3
    Cheyenne, Wyo. 99.6
    Cleveland, Ohio 99.3
    Jacksonville, Fla. 99.1
    Albuquerque, N.M. 98.7
    Detroit, Mich. 98.6
    Atlanta, Ga. 96.5
    Montgomery, Ala. 95.9
    San Antonio, Tex. 94.5
    Colorado Springs, Colo. 94.2
    Jackson, Miss. 93.9
    El Paso, Tex. 93.4
    Springfield, Ill. 93.3
    St. Louis, Mo. 91.8
    Baton Rouge, La. 91.6
    Dallas, Tex. 91.5
    Cincinnati, Ohio 90.8
    Des Moines, Iowa 90.6
    Oklahoma City, Okla. 90.4
    Charlotte, N.C. 90
    Topeka, Kans. 89.9
    Memphis, Tenn. 89.7
    Omaha, Neb. 88.9
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    Nov 10, 2010 6:29 AM GMT
    Thanks guys!

    Job is actually in Ft. Worth, with the Army Corps of Engineers...I have not yet taken the job, but it was offered and I have until Friday, Nov. 19 to accept.......got to iron out a few issues for my boys and my sister....will let you know what and when I decide....Thanks again!
    Gary

    PS....the HEAT and the INTENSE SUNSHINE are what attracts me to the area!