Since recently moving from Virginia to the Northeast (philly suburbs), I frequently get asked how the cost of living compares between the two places. So, here ya go world! :) After all, you have to love how right now, gas in philly is $2.79 per gallon while in Virginia, it is $2.59 per gallon.
Virginia Living Expenses (per month)
A nice, spacious 1 bdrm apartment – $750
Water, trash fee, sewer – included (no extra charge)
Electricity (includes heat) – $50
Internet – $35
VA Total = $835
Philly Suburbs Living Expenses (per month)
A nice, spacious 1 bdrm apartment – $1300
Internet – $38
PECO Electricity bill – $38
Renter’s Insurance – $15
Trash fee – $5
Water service fee – $9
Sewer service fee – $11.14
Gas-cooking fee – $5
Gas Bill (heating) – $31
Electricity processing fee – $17
Gas service fee – $7
Philly total = $1476
As one of my friends would say, FANTASTIC!!!
And the kicker is…get ready for it! There is no adjustment in pay for this cost of living difference…So, by working in a cheaper place, you are basically giving yourself an automatic raise! Food for thought next time you’re searching for jobs.