Home on the Web

By Richard Borreca

Friday, March 14, 1997

Compare living cost
in other cities

If paradise has gone flat and it is time to move on, here's one way to find out if you can afford the jump.

Try the Center for Mobility Resources, http://www.homefair.com/home/, which has gathered together a number of real estate sellers, professional moving services and other services.

Using this calculator, you can compare the cost of living in more than 450 U.S. and international destinations.

So, if you are making $50,000 in Honolulu, the salary calculator figures it will take $26,833 to live at the same level in Las Vegas.

Or say your cousin who makes $50,000 in Portland, Ore., would need $90,783 to live at the same level in Honolulu.

When you use the calculator, here's a hint, omit commas in the salary field.

To generate its figures, the calculator uses cost-of-living indexes constructed for the center with data from a variety of local, national, and government sources, including local real estate boards, Chambers of Commerce, economic development centers, and other sources. Tax aren't included.

If you decide to stick around, you might want to check out the south shore swell from latest city traffic camera to appear on the Web at http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/~csp/Trafficam/waikiki.html.

"Home on the Web" is a weekly Friday feature of the Star-Bulletin.
Richard Borreca can be reached by e-mail at rborreca@pixi.com

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