Web sites for calculating cost of living

Dollars & Sense

October 05, 2003|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

Relocating to a new city for a job opportunity usually involves a number of significant changes in your life, especially cost-of-living considerations.

Before you take a new job in a different city, it would be a good idea to first check out how your current salary would measure up in a new location, and how much more money you might need to earn.

Lots of user-friendly cost-of-living calculators on the World Wide Web can help you figure out what your salary needs will be in a new city. Here are just a few of them:

Bankrate.com

www.bankrate.com/brm/movecalc.asp

Select your current city, the city you're going to, current income and hit "calculate" to find your new income standard.

Best Places

www.bestplaces.net/html/cost-of-living.html

Click the "cost of living feature" link to compare the cost of living in two cities.

CityRating.com

www.cityrating.com/cost ofliving.asp

Calculates the cost of living in two different states based on your current income.

Homestore.com

www.homefair.com/homefair/calc/salcalc.html

Provides cost-of-living calculations for thousands of cities in the United States - and worldwide.

Salary.com

swz.salary.com/CostOf LivingWizard/layoutscripts/coll-start.asp

Looks at cost-of-living differences based on old and new home and work locations.

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