Salaries, Costs of Living, & Relocation


Bankrate.COM -
• Offers free cost of living statistics for U.S. cities that also allows comparisons

Chamber of Commerce Directory - -
• Offers free cost of living statistics for U.S. cities that also allows comparisons

CNN Money -
• Slick research tool to help you find the best place to retire. Enter your priorities on weather, affordable housing, low crime rate, proximity to major airports, etc.; then you receive a list of cities that meet your priorities.
• You can receive a "Statistical Snapshot" on each city which includes statistics on weather, financial, housing, leisure, culture, travel, health, and more.

Cost of Living and Salary Comparison Wizard, -

Economic Research Institute -
• Studies compensation in U.S., Canada, and the European Union

ePodunk, The Power of Place -

Find Your Spot -
• Similar format as CNN Money plus each location recommended comes with general information, photos, climate data, real estate and job connections! -

JobStar -

Neighborhood Scout -

The NonProfit Times -

Occupational Outlook Handbook - -
• Site of National Association of Realtors
• Offers a "salary" calculator which is really a cost of living calculator

Retirement Living Information Center -

The Riley Guide -
• Connections to helpful resources in "Salary & Compensation Information" and "Evaluating the Salary Information You've Found" sections. - -

Sperling's Best Places -
• Similar criteria to other sites for sorting the best place for you
• Does include lists of the best and worst cities for various subjects.
• Offers good tool to compare economy, housing, health, crime, education, climate, transportation, etc. in 2 cities (incl. number of Starbucks in each!)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -
• Good source of information on salaries in many market sectors (Office of Compensation Levels & Trends)
• More good information in their Office of Employment & Unemployment Statistics


Dr. Salary
"Career Change at Middle Age"
November 5, 2008 -


Chapman, Jack
Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute
Mount Vernon Press, 2011

Fradkin, Carol Miller
Moving Gracefully: A Guide to Relocating Yourself & Your Family
CreateSpace, 2010

Grey House Publishing
America's Top-Rated Cities, 2010 Edition
Grey House Publishing


Site Selection Magazine -
• Primarily designed for businesses, but has useful tools for individuals

Where to Retire -
• Available in hard copy by subscription or at your neighborhood newsstand
• Also publishes books on the subject

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