bk1 wrote:These threads are always insufferable and the formula used by NALP is stupid for reasons stated ITT. I don't get why anybody would give enough of a shit to post the article except as a joke (though OP seems srs).
Agree that COL calculators are not helpful and the NALP table is a joke. COL did, however, play a major role in deciding between markets for me and is one of the biggest reasons I am not going to NYC. I found it helpful to hear people debate the COL in different cities because it gives you more insight than can be gained by looking at pretty useless indices or trying to browse craigslist for rental postings, shopping for odds & ends during a visit, etc... Also, lots of people bring up valid QOL points that wouldn't have come to mind if i were considering absent TLS.