Relocation tool identifies cities in which your salary goes further
An alternative use of the website is to compare different cities, or the city where you live now to a city you aspire to move to. As the Sunlight Foundation notes, "through the use of charts and graphs, you can explore how metropolitan areas of similar size compare to where you live now."
This isn't a true app, but as I noted, a mobile website. On an Android, you can download from Google Marketplace because a "wrapper" is in place that launches the user into the website so it doesn't have to be typed in. On an iPhone, you might be out of luck. The original app did not get Apple approval because of the wrapper technology. Apple wants a native Apple experience on the iPhone, not Gmail technology.
I asked Carbaugh and Sibley if there was anything else like this out there. In other words, were they pushing out someone in the private market?
"We researched and couldn't find anything like this," Carbaugh said. "There are lots of places to turn to so as determine cost of living, but none of them use government data like this, where you can tailor it to your lifestyle."
Sibley added, "Our main goal is to help people and show how this data can be useful to your life. There are a lot of different organizations out there that do rankings of the best places to live. Those aren't useful to a person looking to find somewhere to move because that best place to live might not be a good place for your particular occupation or interests."
Steve Bergsman is a freelance writer in Arizona and author of several books. His latest book, "Growing Up Levittown: In a Time of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis," is now available for sale on Amazon.com.
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