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Might be moving to Madison, Wisconsin within the year. I have a few questions...
Okay, so, my boyfriend and I both live in NY. I work in NYC and have been working at my job for nearly 2 years (since a bit before I graduated college). It pays well for my position and I'm happy there. My boyfriend is currently going to school and is graduating in december. He had applied to several jobs, and has gotten a call back from a large company in Madison, Wisconsin. It will pay EXTREMELY well (65-75K), especially for an entry level position. If we stay in NY, he'd be getting about the same salary, plus my 40K I bring to the table right now, however we'd be getting taxed 35% and everything in NY is hella expensive.
If we move to Madison, I'd likely not have a salaried position, but working on building a client base with my freelance work. The lack of steady paycheck on my end scares the shit out of me, as being independent is important to me, but from what I have heard (and researched) Madison is pretty much 50% cheaper to live than NY/NYC, and we'd be able to survive on 65K, given that my freelance thing nosedives.
I dunno. I'm worried, because I have a LOT of loans (1K monthly payments), and I'm not only worried about my lack of steady job (or..I guess, being completely dependent on someone), but I'm also so used to NY being so ungodly expensive, that surviving on a 65K salary alone doesn't seem possible with rent, loans, utility, food, etc.
I guess what i'm asking is how is Madison? I'm used to NY rent being 1500 for pretty much a hallway with an oven. I'm used to NYCs excellent subway system? Is there any sort of public transit, besides buses? Would it be better to stay in NY with a combined salary of about 90-100K or to move to Madison with a combined salary of 65-75K? I'd especially love to hear from folks who actually live in Wisconsin.
Who knows if he'll actually get the job, but I like planning ahead since I'd pretty much be uprooting everything in my life to move there. Thanks in advance.