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#2661338 - 05/22/08 09:44 AM Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher?
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Cross-threaded from teh OT due to encouragement by cua0:

I know this post isn't really OT-specific but the West forum is dead (won't get a response back for another 5-6 months or so) and Ontario is full of people who will be too pro-Toronto. I've also noticed there are enough Albertans who frequent OT.

Anyways on to my question ...

Being a Torontonian from the dirty province of Onterrible , I'm constantly told that despite the fact that there are far superior job opportunities which garner much higher salaries in the Calgary area , it is best to stay put in the Greater Toronto Area because the cost of living far outweighs the benefits of higher wages in Alberta. I'm beginning to wonder if there's much validity in this type of statement.

I may , in the future ... if all the stars align themselves , move out to Calgary. ~98% employment rating is pretty appealing , after all.

Discuss.

Edit: if anyone has any material on this specific topic ... please post up. I can't seem to find too much on teh Google. Merci.
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#2661978 - 05/22/08 01:25 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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fuck calgary. Red Deer is the place to be.
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#2663218 - 05/22/08 08:04 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: garden_gnome]
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Too me not so much. I find that the wages have come up along with the housing market. I currently reside in manitoba but the labour shortage has driven the wages of reliable employees up. 1 year ago living in calgary i had a 1 bedroom apt with all utilites in paying 1000$ a month, i was making 17$ an hour picking orders in a warehouse. If i would have found a company that would have gotten me my fork lift cert i could have been at the walmart distribution center driving a fork lift for aroud 22$/hr. I had no car payments and found that i lived comfortable gettin drunk every weekend and stoned every night. People need to know how to live within their means.
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#2665907 - 05/23/08 03:14 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Pynch]
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lol @ both posts.
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#2666937 - 05/23/08 11:57 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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aside from housing costs, entry fees to nightclubs, and a few little things, it's really not much different than anywhere else.
generally wages equal the increased cost of living anyways, so rather than making $6/hr and paying $600/mo for rent you make $15/hr and pay $1200/mo for rent.
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#2668898 - 05/25/08 02:12 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: cua0]
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I'd say the real thing that's driving up rent is the conversion of single-apartments, and the replacement of single-family homes with infills. Ahhhh the lucrative housing industry.

If you like the cultural and social aspects of Toronto, it would probably be worth it to stay. Calgary is culturally bankrupt.

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#2703615 - 06/05/08 07:49 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: garden_gnome]
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 Originally Posted By: garden_gnome
fuck calgary. Red Deer is the place to be.
Only if you like going to the bar and having 14 year olds hitting on you. Then yes, your statement is true.
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#2801286 - 07/08/08 09:01 AM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: dr0x]
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is the southeast section of the city a good spot? near lake bonavista?
http://calgary.kijiji.ca/c-housing-apart...QQAdIdZ61046895

thanks.
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#2824410 - 07/15/08 07:28 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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That area is pretty good. Willow park which very close has a private golf course. The apartment complex's can have some shady characters in them but you'll find that every where. Other then that location is great, alot of c-train stops close by and anything you need within a 10 min drive or 15 min walk. Id definitly live in the area.
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#2845236 - 07/22/08 07:23 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Pynch]
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thanks for your input.
what's the nicest part of the city to live in? i hear the south is better than the north?
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#2860603 - 07/28/08 01:05 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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eh depends on your price range haha, lots of new houses in the outter NW but thats lots of monies. SW calgary represent
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#2862320 - 07/28/08 09:59 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Lost^]
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$1,000-$1,300/month is my range.
just booked my flight out. it's a done deal.
i fly out on the 3rd of september and start at my new job on the 15th!
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#2862718 - 07/29/08 03:48 AM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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you're looking at the poverty end of town for 1000-1300/mo lol
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#2862888 - 07/29/08 08:08 AM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: cua0]
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no i'm not ... but thanks red deer boy.
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#2872399 - 07/31/08 02:55 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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booked my plane ticket.
gonna be arriving on September 3rd.
do you guys have meAts in calgary?
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#2876457 - 08/01/08 03:54 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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boro is a hermit so i don't think he goes out much. dr0x is usually busy doing mad wheelies on his bike. and I am just awesome. We could probably organize a gang bang or something
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#2877086 - 08/01/08 08:32 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Lost^]
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i'll bring the hookers and blow.
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#2882937 - 08/04/08 06:31 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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i'm definitely game then
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#2883479 - 08/04/08 10:08 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Lost^]
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Lions and tigers ... only in Calgary.
FUCK NORWAY!
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#2913311 - 08/14/08 03:17 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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#2913318 - 08/14/08 03:19 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Screamin DC2R]
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#2913322 - 08/14/08 03:20 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: phoenixrage]
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#2913326 - 08/14/08 03:20 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Lost^]
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ohh.. i see what you did there
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#2913357 - 08/14/08 03:27 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: boro!?]
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 Originally Posted By: boro!?

If you like the cultural and social aspects of Toronto, it would probably be worth it to stay. Calgary is culturally bankrupt.


lol i see white ppl! /calgarian
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#2913360 - 08/14/08 03:28 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Screamin DC2R]
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#2913382 - 08/14/08 03:32 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Lost^]
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^ only of yer mountains for skiing...and maybe easy access to AAA beef, cheaper gas (i think)...but it ends about there \:D
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#2983025 - 09/04/08 10:42 AM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Screamin DC2R]
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Life is so much better out here then in the east
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#2994685 - 09/08/08 11:18 AM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Pynch]
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eh!.. we're proud of having the busiest highway in North. America.....
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#2996433 - 09/08/08 06:31 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Pynch]
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 Originally Posted By: Pynch
Life is so much better out here then in the east
i've only been here less than a week but i'm gonna have to vouch for this.
people here just seem to be more laid back and in general , much nicer. everyone will give you the time of day no matter what and are really hospitable. in the toronto area everyone seems to be out for themselves and nobody gives a shit about anyone else from my experience living there my entire life.
oh and a $12.5 billion surplus ain't too shabby either. ;\)
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#3006817 - 09/11/08 01:36 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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I pay 725 a month for a single bedroom place on 16th ave and 12 st , w utils. It's pretty damned nice.
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#3010123 - 09/12/08 12:01 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: SPAZ]
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Thats an awsome deal. LoL your right across the street from me, im living in res at SAIT for 675/mth all utilitys (cable,elec,heat,water,internet).
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#3011459 - 09/12/08 05:21 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Pynch]
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I'm across the street from your mom.
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#3012884 - 09/13/08 11:34 AM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: Pynch]
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 Originally Posted By: Pynch
Thats an awsome deal. LoL your right across the street from me, im living in res at SAIT for 675/mth all utilitys (cable,elec,heat,water,internet).
that res is HUGE! lol tower.
i ate at the korean bbq place on 16th the other day ... nom nom nom.

i just got a condo in haysboro (SW) on elbow drive. $975.00/month.
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#5570010 - 05/18/11 03:51 PM Re: Calgary - Is cost of living THAT much higher? [Re: AE91Dave]
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Everything is gonna sound off unless it was done with professional :-|
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