BUT then we started thinking. What was the amount I put in for housing costs in Maryland? I figure we can spend about $250,000 on housing here. But what kind of house does that get you? This. It is only a condo that is not much bigger than our current apartment. And a condo is about all you're going to get in our current county at our price. We can find houses, but they're small, old, and much farther out, like this, which isn't even located in our county. For what we think we can afford in, say, Indianapolis we could buy this.
The realization was that for the houses we really want (like the one in Indy), if we were to get the same house in Maryland, it would cost us about $450,000 to $500,000. And if I put those numbers into the spreadsheet, our net monthly income would be negative. So while we can afford to continue to live here, and even buy here, our standard of living is so much less here. And for some reason, this didn't occur to us until recently. But it definitely has us thinking.
The current top ten as far as our net monthly income go are:
- Cheyenne, WY (although I'm not really sure I could do this)
- Cincinnati, OH
- Harrisburg, PA
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Indianapolis, IN
- Where we are currently
- Nashville, TN (how the heck did this get in here?!)
- Rochester, MN
- St. Louis, MO
- Frederick County, MD
I'm saddened by the lack of western locales, but unless you're California, you pay your teachers crap. And equally sad, we can't come close to affording California (although certainly we would consider it as we both think it's beautiful there).
If you have any other thoughts on where living is cheap and teachers' salaries are high, please let us know!