A good friend of mine recently moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Columbus. It was out of necessity. The job market is much better in Columbus. It was a hard decision for him to make. He loved the more "urban" feel of Cleveland, but Columbus offered greater opportunities on the job front. Granted, even though it is larger than Cleveland, it feels more like a giant suburb. It is uber clean. But the skyline pales in comparison to Cleveland's. I am now starting to ask myself the same question: would I be better off relocating to another city than staying here in The City of Big Shoulders? The shoulders seem to be sagging a bit lately. Taxes are outrageous, and, as it turns out, the overall cost of living here is up, Up, UP!
Yes, dear friends, Chicago now ranks as the seventh most expensive city in the U.S. and the fiftieth most expensive city in the world. And it happened quite quickly. Last year, Chicago was the 84th most expensive city in the world. This is all according to the London office of Mercer, an American human resources consulting company. The worldwide figures are posted here. U.S. figures are posted here.
Looks like we pay a pretty high price to live in a city riddled with corruption, high unemployment, police brutality, and uber-high taxes. Or maybe I'm just getting bitter in my old age. Heh-heh.
And I really canNOT imagine myself living in a place like Columbus, Ohio. But then again, ya never know ...