The cost of living in Georgia is lower than it is in New York City and Miami and Los Angeles. But how much lower?
The Wall Street Journal has an answer: its got a cost-of-living calculator on its MarketWatch blog. (The data is pulled from Bureau of Economic Analysis, RPP data; United States Census Bureau, counties and primary cities in MSAs; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, zip codes in MSAs.)
You can set your salary by zip code, city or county. For example, a minimum wage salary ($7.25/hour for 40 hours/week for 52 weeks/year) of $15,080 in 31909 translates to $20,705 in 10001 (Manhattan).
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A quick jump up to the metro Atlanta area (30308) would require only a slight salary increase, from $15,080 to $16,198. A jump to Birmingham, Ala., is even smaller, up to $15,283.
A to South Dakota, home to one of the poorest counties in the country, actually means you need to make slightly less money — $14,944.
San Francisco, the subject of some concern over its rising cost of living, is basically New York City now. A $15,080 salary in Columbus is equal to $20,553 there.