It's not only the real estate markets that differ from town to town -- the Cost of Living does, too.
Insurance costs, tax bills and just plain, day-to-day living will dent a household budget differently depending on where that household is. It can be a nerve-wracking fact for families moving from Colorado across state borders.
As an aid for the budget-aware, Bankrate.com keeps a Cost of Living Comparison Calculator on its website. The calculator asks 3 questions: (1) Where do you live now, (2) To where you are moving, and (3) What is your salary. It then spits out a detailed, 58-item cost comparison list between the two cities.
Some of the key costs compared include:
- Everyday groceries
- Energy bills
- Routine healthcare
- Home ownership
- Sporting goods
On the Bankrate.com site, the data is free.