Wilkes-Barre vs NYC
The differences in living in both Hazleton (and going to school in Wilkes-Barre) and NYC constantly amaze me. It’s the little things that you don’t even think of until you’re put in a situation. For example, if I’m craving fast food, I can’t hop in my car and get a meal for less than $10 in NYC like I can in Wilkes-Barre. I have to find the closest chain, figure out the subway stop closest to it and which line I need to take to get there, get on the subway and actually get there, and shell out more cash than I would usually here in PA for my meal. Here’s a quick and easy, to-the-point pro and con list of both cities.
-Inexpensive cost of living, more bang for your buck.
-Easier to own a car and get from point A to point B faster.
-More room per square foot for family, pets, friends.
-Not much to do in terms of entertainment or culture for the younger crowd.
-Not as many opportunities for niche careers.
-Limitless options for entertainment, culture, food, etc.
-Excellent career opportunities.
-Expensive cost of living.
-Public transportation is time consuming and, quite frankly, irritating.
-Not much room, no yard and average apartment size is very small.
In addition, here’s the breakdown of average costs per city. This link gives you a total side-by-side comparison of everything from the cost of milk to a new car to internet.
Average salary for PR position (indeed.com): $42,000/year
Average rent: ($500/month, city-data.com): $6,000/year
Average cost of transportation (Car cost for one year, USAtoday.com): $9,000/year
Average salary for PR position (indeed.com): $72,000/year
Average rent: ($3,800/month, msn.com) $45,600/year
Average cost of transportation (Subway cost for one year): $1,344