Ty Webb wrote:I'm not talking about quality of apartment/house.
I'm talking about being able to eat at a great restaurant every single night if you wanted to. Or being able to visit Citi Field on demand. Pro sports galore, tons of shows, great concerts in big and small venues, the world's greatest park. Maybe those aren't for you, but those are the things I think about when I think about quality of life. I can enjoy my family and friends equally as well in any city. To me, QOL is what the city offers you compared to other cities. Obviously being able to save more money is a part of the equation for most people, but it's just one part.
And people from Ohio don't retire to South Carolina because they "have" to. They do it because it allows them to escape the state for something better.
People from every state tend to retire south, so that is just a stupid statement. And it is extremely disingenious for you to sit here and say that how far your money goes in the quality of the things you buy doesn't matter. It may not matter for you, but most people are much rather going to live in a townhouse with 3 bedrooms than live in a 1 bedroom railroad room in NYC for the same price. Also, concerts go everywhere, it's not as if NYC regularly gets concerts other cities go to. Pro sports in NYC isn't any better than pro sports in other major cities like Chicago and it lacks college sports which many believe is better than pro sports. And besides broadway there is no better shows in NYC than anywhere else. Also LOL at acting like central park is an attraction when these other states have national parks. And the food and things like that are, on average, the same everywhere. There may be some great places but I guarantee you aren't frequenting these places enough to be worth 5 figures. Most of us cook or get fast deli type foods all the time anyways.
The point is this, you may love NYC, and all the power to you. But to sit here and act as if NYC has all this stuff that other places don't have is just flat out wrong. NYC is vastly overrated because people sit and act like it is disney worl every day. Sorry, you are going ot be working your ass off, cooking, and drinking at hole in the wall bars you can get anywhere. No one is constantly frequenting fancy restaurants and drinking at the best clubs every night. At that point, especially when you are pay double the price for beer, you care more about things like the size of your apartment. I don't care if you love NYC, because that is fine, but you are an idiot for acting like it has this vast array of attractions that aren't equaled in ohter places.