17990Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Off Topic - please update on your (US) state's economy
- May 8, 2007Before making a decision on locating to the US, one
may want to consider state income taxes:
--- Paul Guzowski <pauguz@...> wrote:
> Greetings Claudia and group,____________________________________________________________________________________
> Just had to add my two heller's worth on this
> subject. Before I landed
> the job in Bratislava, I was competing for a job in
> San Diego. When I
> went to www.mysalary.com and compared the value of
> the salary in
> Harrisburg, PA, (I actually live in Carlisle) and
> San Diego, the check
> said the same salary in San Diego would be worth 43%
> less! The company
> I was talking to out there wouldn't offer me
> anywhere near as much as I
> would have needed to maintain my standard of living.
> I might add that
> South-Central Pennsylvania reminds me a lot of
> Slovakia in terms of
> terrain, climatology, and agriculture.
> I lived in southern California for three years and
> still have a house
> there but would not go back. Taxes are high and the
> cost of living is
> high, as well. I'd love to be near the mountains
> again but my wife is
> tired of cold weather and snow so we are headed for
> Florida. Florida's
> economy is strong due to tourism but other sectors
> are doing well, too.
> For example, there is a pretty decent hi-tech
> presence in the Orlando
> area. The cost of living in the northwest part of
> the state is quite
> acceptable, particularly if you live inland from the
> beach a little bit
> (which is a good idea anyway in case hurricane comes
> in that direction).
> Where I've been looking one can get a decent single
> family home for
> $100,000 to $150,000 and a virtual mansion for
> $300,000--half of what a
> starter home costs in the metropolitan areas of
> Given all of the above, there are plenty of other
> places in the country
> where the cost of living is equally low or even
> leas. You can get an
> idea of how the economy in an area is going by
> checking out the job
> market in the area. There are many job sites out
> there but one I have
> used is http://www.monster.com/ and with it you can
> search by job
> category, career field, and area.
> Just one more opinion but hope it helps.
> Paul in Bratislava
> Homebase (for now) in Carlisle, PA
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