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How accurate is Numbeo with Cost of Living for STX?

 
butchCondor
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I trying to figure out the difference in the cost of living on STX compared to where I’m at now, Albuquerque, NM. According to Numbeo, in a lot of ways it is cheaper for me to live on STX than it is to remain living in Albuquerque. I wondering how accurate is Numbeo?
The prices Numbeo lists for Albuquerque are within range and fairly accurate.

However, if I move to STT, it’s a different story, the cost of living on STT is higher than it is to live in Albuquerque.

Also, according to Numbeo there is a significant difference with the cost of living on STT than it is to live on STX. I didn’t think there would be that much of a difference so I’m wondering if Numbeo is in the ballpark with its prices for STT and STX?

http://www.numbeo.com/

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Topic starter Posted : February 4, 2016 3:27 pm
OldTart
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I don't think any sort of calculations can be anything but very generalized. Your cost of living anywhere is so dependent on what you deem necessary to maintain your chosen standard of living. Caviar versus canned tuna, canned fruit versus fresh, gold plated faucets versus chrome. The only way to come to a close approximation is to see and compare for yourself. Whenever you move to a new place there are trade-offs and obviously adaptability is a crucial element.

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Posted : February 4, 2016 3:45 pm
Alana33
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Rents and homes for sale are cheaper in STX than STT.
Everything else is same, groceries, utilities, etc.
Their gas prices right now are a bit less than ours, I believe.

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Posted : February 4, 2016 3:46 pm
Anonny-mouse
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The prices listed for STX are way off. Prices shown for STT are more realistic for STX costs.

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Posted : February 4, 2016 6:59 pm
rmb2830
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The numbers listed for St Croix are much different from the numbers listed for Christiansted, which are, I think, still low on lots of items.

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Posted : February 4, 2016 8:05 pm
AandA2VI
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Rents and homes for sale are cheaper in STX than STT.
Everything else is same, groceries, utilities, etc.
Their gas prices right now are a bit less than ours, I believe.

Exactly.

Is AZ comparable to NM? West Phoenix - Surprise AZ.

I moved here form AZ - fairly cheap cost of living there. I've managed to get my monthly spending nearly exact to what I paid in the states. In different ways.... like I had a $500 AC bill in AZ. None here but that goes towards more expensive rent and food. I would say I spend a tad more in the VI. I had $300 month insurance for truck and boat - here $200 a YEAR for my jeep. Not that its cheap here at all but I think a lot of people blow the prices out of proportion.

STX to me is no cheaper than STT. I rented a place here for $1400 and thats what I paid for my rental in STT. My STX place is nicer for the same amount though - not by a lot but some. The views in STT are worth the extra $$ for me lol.

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Posted : February 4, 2016 8:31 pm
BabinAngel
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I was wondering the same thing. My family and I are thinking of moving to the VI from Tulsa, Oklahoma. My husband and I are no longer happy here and it's getting to be a not a great place for our 3 children, all under age 10. We were also wondering how accurate the prices were listed online since there was only 4 agencies that reported. Where is a good place to look for info on the schools?

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Posted : February 21, 2016 2:33 pm
OldTart
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Where is a good place to look for info on the schools?

General information on local schools is easy enough to find but your main concentration should be on making a pre-move visit during the school year so you can not only get a feel for whether or not island living would suit you and your family but personally check out the schools. Of course you also need to determine which island would best suit you. If you haven't read all the information available in the drop-down menus top of this page then that would be a good start.

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Posted : February 21, 2016 2:50 pm
BabinAngel
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OldTart - a pre-move visit is in the works for my husband and myself. We've been giving it serious consideration here lately, I've been looking at island living off and on for years due to personal health reasons. I have certainly been doing a lot of reading of the information available in the drop-down menus. Schools is going to be a deciding factor on which island we take a much closer look at.

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Posted : February 21, 2016 8:00 pm
OldTart
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If your personal health reasons hinge around something serious then be sure you can get good treatment here - and remember that we're NOT covered by the Affordable Health Care Act. Affordable individual health insurance right now is impossible to find and it's unlikely that whatever insurance you currently have will cover you living here.

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Posted : February 21, 2016 8:50 pm
Alana33
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Anyone with serious health care issues should not contemplate a move to VI, IMO.

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Posted : February 21, 2016 9:28 pm
butchCondor
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how about mental problems, or is that a good thing lol

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Topic starter Posted : February 21, 2016 10:52 pm
Scubadoo
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how about mental problems, or is that a good thing lol

(tu)

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Posted : February 22, 2016 4:03 am
BabinAngel
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My health issues aren't anything serious, mainly pollution related and allergies, but I also can no longer physically take the cold weather on the mainland.

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Posted : February 22, 2016 1:01 pm
speee1dy
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we have pollutants here too and desert dust which can be serious for some.
we have wapa, diagio, cruzan rum

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Posted : February 22, 2016 1:27 pm
OldTart
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My health issues aren't anything serious, mainly pollution related and allergies, but I also can no longer physically take the cold weather on the mainland.

As long as you understand the issues with health insurance coverage here, not just for you but for your family ...

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Posted : February 22, 2016 2:06 pm
Alana33
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Mold in some locations and summertime Sahara dust can bring on allergies.

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Posted : February 22, 2016 2:48 pm
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