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August 14, 2009

Thinking about relocating, pick wisely

August 14From the looks of latest trends, more and more people are moving from city to city in hopes of securing employment.  No doubt we all have contemplated such a bold move and many have taken their luggage to the next city.  Last week I had the luxury of visiting Chicago and then Dubuque, Iowa.  During the week in the two locations, I asked professionals, entry-level candidates, and family members what they felt about relocation.

Overall, family members throughout Iowa were pretty darn adamant about staying put.  Members at the MWACE convention were about 50/50.  While an instructor teaching professional development classes, most of the graduating students wanted to remain local while approximately 15% were interested in relocation.

Choosing where to relocate is never an easy decision as tangibles and the myriad of intangibles should be considered.  For many a key tangible when making relocation decisions comes down to money; leading us to a recent survey of selected metropolitan areas and their relative pay.  A total of 77 metropolitan areas were considered (for additional information and the complete article, refer to the source at

Using a scale where the Metropolitan area average pay = 100, the following cities relative numbers are as follows:

San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA: 119
New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA: 114
Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH: 111
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA: 109
Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV: 109
Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI: 108
Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD: 105
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL: 100
Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX: 98
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX: 97

So, are you looking to change your landscape? If so, I encourage you to research average pay (and this is a good start) as well as housing, climate, etc. AND the intangibles of the trip.  Ultimately know that with each challenge comes great reward if…

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