I had a job offer and I'm considering relocation, but I don't know how much the taxes are and how expensive it is to live there.

The job is as a visiting researcher for a university, and it would be in West Lafayette, Indiana.

I want to understand how high the expenses can be (transportation, small single flat rent, food) and how this salary compares to the average salaries of new grads in the US.

  • "How good is it" is entirely subjective. It depends on industry, personal preference, your job experience, and about a hundred other things. Is there an objective question we might be able to answer for you?
    – Flimzy
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 23:04
  • That's true, but i want to know an estimate of the taxes, of the living costs and a comparison with the salary of a new grad working as a visiting researcher in the field of computer science.
    – dag
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 23:08
  • That sounds like at least two questions: 1) What are the tax rates in Indiana, USA, 2) What is the cost of living in Indiana compared to XYZ location.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 23:09
  • I think both of those would be too temporally localized to be useful if asked separately. I attempted an edit here to be somewhat less subjective.
    – Adam Lear
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 23:13
  • Where are you from? To what standard are you used to living?
    – einnocent
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 0:20

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Here are some tools you can use to compare the numbers with your expectations and goals:

You can

  • check the cost of living here, and
  • calculate the expected tax deductions here.

In case those links go down, the searches I did for those were "west lafayette cost of living" and "indiana tax deductions", respectively. There are likely other comparable websites that provide similar services.

You can also learn more about the city in general at its website: http://www.westlafayette.in.gov/.

  • 1
    Thanks for the useful websites you provided. Anyway I would need more a first-hand experience of somebody living there or having a similar work position.
    – dag
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 23:24
  • purdue.edu would be a lot better.
    – Karlson
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 1:01

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