Here’s the deal: geneb and I (a married, childless couple in their mid 20s) have an option to move to Kansas city out from middle of nowhere, which is about 12 hours away from KS.
**Pros to Kansas city: **
A small salary raise (after we take in consideration the raise of the cost of living). The fact that my folks live there. (I’d really like to see my baby sister grow up.)
**Pros to middle-of-nowhere: **
Come April, geneb would get to lead his own team. (He’s in IT.)
Also, the area is very pretty, low-crime, has a lot of great hiking trails and parks. Oh, and the art scene isn’t half-bad.
**Cons to KS: **
We really don’t want to live with my folks, even though they’ve offered and we’d save a lot.
We’re not sure exactly which office geneb’d be working at, so we can’t look for apartments right next to it just yet (it’s either downtown, or a couple of options on the outskirts.)
geneb’s family will throw a stink. (They’re 5 hours away now, so it’d be a difference between driving and flying to see them for the holidays.)
Cons to middle-of-nowhere: **
So-so salary (great for the area and we live comfortably on that one salary, but it’s lower by far than what a person with the same job would be making in a larger city).
The winters are absolutely depressing. The nearest place with any kind of young (20s-30s) population is 45 minutes away, and this town shuts down after 5pm and on Sundays. Basically, people come here to retire, eat, and die. …
Oh, and you have to have a car to get anywhere.
Other pertinent facts:
- His company would pay for the move/buy us out of the lease here;
- We do have pets, plus about 50 houseplants and several large pieces of furniture to move.
I guess, my questions are… What kind of a salary does it take to keep two frugal people reasonably comfortable in Kansas City?
Does it really take an hour to get anywhere out there?
How likely is it to find an area where you can actually go out of the door of an apartment complex and -walk- somewhere interesting?
Also, what’s worth more: a move close to family and a slight raise in salary, or another line in the resume, and largely the same salary?
We’re supposed to make a decision by tomorrow… any insight, o people of the board? (Especially those living around Kansas City?)