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How Does your city rate???

November 30th, 2006 at 10:30 am

I was looking up an article a friend was in and came across this little city by city comparison on best places to retire. Kind of interesting but figure I Would share a snapshot of the city I live in now.

But first I have to shock you with the city where I Was raised. You read it right - median house price over $600k. But then look at the weather - sigh. IT's about all I miss about good old San Jose these days though. A little further out from the ocean and the big cities now, but closer to Tahoe and the mountains now. I Feel pretty central. I wonder if someday Sacramento will be as crazy. IT is getting there fast. But probably will never be quite as popular without the super nice weather and high tech jobs that San Jose offers. Besides that, eh, Sacramento has served us well/.

San Jose:
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bpretire/2006/snapsh...

Sacramento:
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bpretire/2006/snapsh...

I want to see everyone's city - hehe - whoever is not shy I guess. Sometimes I feel private about exactly where I live and days like today I don't care I guess.

ETA: I have no idea where they came up with sacramento temps. High is usually over 100 in july - average 100 - and it is 30 degrees outside right now. I would say the temp drops as low as 30 in winter - but maybe 40 is average. I am just not sure what those numbers are s'posed to be - high or average - but the number for july is super wrong. So you can't really see why I hate the weather here - LOL.

11 Responses to “How Does your city rate???”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Well, I live in blairsville, Ga. but I do not know how to look it up.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    Right under the city you are looking at click "full list" and you can search alphabetically by city.

    Unfortunately it looks like not every city is there. Can you find a city close to you??? If you click on a big city it will list the cities nearby too - so you can see which ones are included and which one is closest to you.

  3. Gruntina Says:

    I live in Sunnyvale which is probably 20 miles from San Jose and the median housing is up at $670,500.00!!! wow just 20 miles and house median is $60,000 more!!! I am sure it has to do with all the EDA Technologies Engineering corporates here.

  4. kimiko Says:

    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2006/top25s/highincomes.html

    look at all those CA on there

  5. kimiko Says:

    Oops, wrong link Stick Out Tongue
    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2006/top25s/priceyhomes.html

  6. paigu Says:

    They seem to have jumped right over my city. However, if I were to guess, I'd say median house (meaning one of those horrid cookie cutter 3bed/3bath houses that are too closely spaced) price is $400-500K. That's the price we have to pay just to live in the shadow of some Higher Institution that shall remain unnamed.
    Maybe that's why the CNN report only listed towns immediately north and south of mine- to show how much affordable they are to live in!

  7. kealina Says:

    well i live in hawaii and i'm sure you've all heard me say that the COL is high... it's very similar to San Jose... in fact, a house just sold on the street where i grew up for over 700k and we're pretty far out, between the burbs and the country.... not only that but our houses are regular old houses (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on tiny little lots with almost no yard...sad huh? a nice house here can easily hit the 1 mil mark...

  8. yummy64 Says:

    Cool article. Sad its only US. Would have liked to seen other countries included and maybe my city...

  9. Gruntina Says:

    I had been thinking about this all day! Silly I know... but the median household income was around $88,000 if I remembered correctly. That would mean a majority of people could not afford an almost $700,000 dollar home with all the interest, taxes, insurances and so on. But yet I see thousands of homes near me all filled up and still not enough houses for everyone. I know this is to be true because my employer often find homes for relocated employees.

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    I don't know where they get their information about my town (or at least the town where I grew up, and the place I drive to when I go "to town"). They only list one under colleges, universities and professional schools and there are 4, 5 if you count the teacher's college affiliated with the university, 7 if you count the two cosmetology schools. They have the weather really wrong, they list 12 hospitals in a 30 mile radius, which is completely wrong (there is one in our county with 2 campuses and one in the neighboring county) unless they are counting animal hospitals!, and the median household income is about $8000 too low. Links below if anyone wants to see it.

    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bpretire/2006/snapshots/PL5305280.html

  11. monkeymama Says:

    Hmmm - bad data.

    Yeah I figured this post would leave out the other countries, and many of the smaller towns. Not much you can do.

    I HEAR YOU Gruntina - that is why I longer live in your neck of the woods - hehe. Even on $100k income I Wasn't sure how to swing it without taking way more financial risk than I felt was necessary. But I am a walking advertisement for MOVING somewhere cheaper. Our jobs don't rely on the high tech area though so it would be silly to stay there if we weren't going to make the big bucks. I know too many people unwilling to leave for emotional reasons. Of course, I Am one to talk, I don't really want to leave Cali though it could really be great financially. I got my own emotional attachment issues.

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