Interested in moving somewhere with a lower cost of living? Not sure which cities are more affordable? The Cost of Living Diaries is our new series where we talk to people who’ve moved and find out how it has affected them, their finances and their quality of life. Including the nitty gritty details (Why did you move? How much is your rent? Can you have a fun night out without going broke?) that we all really want to know.
Today we're talking to Maggie who relocated from Chicago, IL, to Akron, OH, about how her new city has affected her budget — and her lifestyle.
Job in Chicago: Administrative Services Coordinator
Job in Akron: Marketing Manager
Rent in Chicago: $1084 a month for a studio apartment. It was a pretty nice apartment, mind you, but it was still a studio. And nowhere near downtown!
Rent in Akron: $596 a month for a one-bedroom. It also comes with a small storage room, an attic, a patio and a tiny front lawn. It’s ten minutes from downtown and it’s in the “cool neighborhood.”