60k in California, NYC, or DC is far different from 60k in Kentucky... and probably why Kentucky is a bit lower.
Consider that 2 bedrooms in Louisville may average 750 a month, where a 2 bedroom in DC could be 1300 a month, and NYC could be 2000+. Already you're throwing an extra 6-12k a year at rent...
I was out in LA for a while, left because that city functions in a mode I can't quite handle. I made a lot more money there with a lot less experience (I was fresh out of the garage where I taught myself), but the cost of living and cost on my psyche was devastating.
Actually, I think your DC estimate is a bit low. When I lived in the city (NW quadrant), we paid $1500/month for a very small 1 bedroom with no balcony. That was almost 15 years ago (fuck, I'm getting old).
If I didn't have kids, I'd still be there. I love DC.
This post has been edited by BenignDesign: 27 May 2011 - 06:42 AM