Negotiating a new contract and they are asking for my “home” location in the USA so they can calculate cost of living and quality of living allowances. As I have not lived in the USA for over a decade, I can make the case that my “home” could be several cities (San Francisco, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Bellingham, WA.). For this calculation (and for the total expat package) I assume it would be better to pick the expensive city (ie. SF), but will this bite me later in tax equalization considerations (CA has tax, WA does not).
If you’re looking to get cost of living comparisons across a selection of US cities a good website to us is Numbeo. Here you can quite easily compare various cities (all over the world) to try and see how different the cost of living is found to be. The URL is: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/
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