Before moving to Houston I lived in San Diego for approximately 1 1/2 years ago. The average price of a home in that area is currently $400K +. That's not just single family homes, but condos, etc. as well. At that time the average cost of a gallon of regular gas was nearing $3.00. Even mundane things like entertainment (going to the movies, going out for a nice dinner) cost significantly more than I pay now. A gallon of milk was approaching $6.00, and a package of 2 chicken breasts was $8-$12. Taxes were higher, the cost of operating a vehicle was higher (registering in CA, smog checks, etc.), and I actually earned less than I do now for the same position.Originally Posted by StanSeven
Salary aside, it's been my experience that it's extremely easy to move to another area of the country and double or triple expenditures, excluding housing. The cost of goods and services varies GREATLY from one area to the next.