Is there a big difference in cost of living between NYC and LA? Moving to LA for a job and want to ensure my salary expectations are in the right ballpark. I currently make $130k and my rent (shared with my partner) is $2950. We already own a car together so we already have that in our world of monthly expenses, and would be road tripping out there over the course of a month. Also, I’ll be jumping from ACD to CD, going from media company to small digital agency.

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Depends on what you enjoy doing with your time. Personally I found core expenses were pretty comparable (higher NY rent was offset by higher transportation costs in LA). But my total COL was slightly lower in LA because I spent more time doing free stuff (eg hiking, beach) with friends on the weekends.

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If you are looking to live in West LA, I found my living expenses to be comparable to Brooklyn/Manhattan. If it was less, it was only marginally less. At $2950, you should be able to find a great place and could probably go much cheaper (I had an older yet still nice place in Hancock Park for half of that). What I did find was that salaries in LA just seem to be lower than NYC for whatever reason.

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Not sure where “home” is for you but have you factored in traveling to see family for holidays / visits?

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Gotcha! Yeah so I’d probably factor in those flights around the holidays being much more expensive than they would be from NYC; may not be material to your decision but it won’t be as easy as hopping in a car!

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