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  •  Let's just say it's not cheap out where I live -- (0+ / 0-)

    which is west of Chicago, and, by all I can see, it's REALLY not cheap to live in the bay area.

    And...it looks like you get a bit screwed by progressive taxes, both state and federal.  Make more money because it's expensive to live, slide into new and higher tax brackets.

    As it is, we're moving away from Illinois and looking for a place where we can have nice quality of life without having to make a fortune.  The current economy has taught us the perils of depending on an income.

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    by dinotrac on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 10:46:51 AM PDT

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    •  I've lived in San Francisco before (0+ / 0-)

      Statements that its expensive everywhere are a bit overblown, especially considering you can get good deals on shared rooms and go to other districts in San Francisco for deals.

      The areas where it's not cheap in San Francisco are predominately in SoMa, Nob Hill, Downtown SF, Mission Bay, North Beach, Russian Hill, Cow Hollow, Marina and Pacific Heights.  Elsewhere, the prices aren't as pricey.

      •  Shared rooms are not an option when you have a (0+ / 0-)

        family.

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        by dinotrac on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 12:12:51 PM PDT

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        •  Then that's a different situation (0+ / 0-)

          In that aspect, it is definitely more competitive in your situation.

          Outer Sunset and Outer Richmond apartments are easier for pricing for families but it also depends on where you look.

          •  I'm thinking more like Oregon, but Idaho, Montana, (0+ / 0-)

            New Mexico and some others are interesting as well.

            For that matter, we've checked on some Florida rentals and are amazed to find rents much cheaper than rents here, and beaches within walking distance.

            Nice -- and I believe that Florida has no state income tax.
            That's 5 per-cent off the top right there.

            When competition constrains your ability to earn, it's nice to keep costs down.

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            by dinotrac on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 12:46:26 PM PDT

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