From 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 http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ncspay.nr0.htm.
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…