I've got a job offer on the table in Madison making more than I do here in Dallas, Tx. Websites say cost of living is lower, so it should be like taking an even bigger raise, but googling around...I've found:
1. Apartments tend to be more expensive. The apartments I can get here for $600 a month are nicer than the apartments I can find there for $600. Here, I could get a two bedroom with washer/dryer hookups. There, I'm likely to get a one bedroom without washer/dryer hookups in unit.
2. Restaurants seem really expensive. Alot of the places I eat here are $7-$8 a plate. Up there, it seems like $11-$12 are normal. Just googling around and looking at menus.
3. State tax. Wisconsin has a 5.5% state income tax I believe. Texas no state income tax.
4. Auto insurance should be alot cheaper in Wisconsin, but can someone tell me...would it be possible to live in Madison without using a car daily? My fiance wants to go to school and if she did she'd be going up there. Is the bus system good enough to actually take to class every day? Especially in winter...
If anyone can help me with these questions, much appreciated.