Cost of living in Minneapolis? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 7 Old 06-24-2009, 12:33 AM - Thread Starter
 
courtenay_e's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In my own little piece of paradise
Posts: 8,495
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Hey, there, Mamas! My mother has just been offered a job in the Catholic basilica in Minneapolis. Her car isn't going to make it much longer, and with the economy and what it takes to buy right now, it looks like she may be dependant on bus and rail to get around for the next year or two. So... she'll be looking at living in the city or close enough to the city for bus/rail travel daily. She is sixty and has fibromyalgia, so a TON of walking to and from rail/bus isn't really realistic. So...

Can you tell me what the cost of living in the city is like? A gallon of milk, fruit/veggies, a lower cost but good quality restaurant meal, a gallon of gas, a loaf of bread, a typical 2br electric bill, heat bill?

Also, she'll need a fabulous primary care doctor, a good dentist, an awesome chiropractor...you know, the basics!

Can you help!?

Thanks so much.

Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!

courtenay_e is offline  
#2 of 7 Old 06-24-2009, 01:17 PM
 
MsMoMpls's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Twin Cities
Posts: 2,013
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can say she should do great on the bus in Minneapolis- the Basillica is right on a ton of lines. Due to the economy, rents are low right now. I would check out Craigslist for rental options. Most should be heat included, maybe even electric. And she should have no problems (she will have health insurance?) finding wonderful care providers on those bus lines as well. I would look south Minneapolis, along Lyndale perhaps.

Maureen
MsMoMpls is offline  
#3 of 7 Old 06-24-2009, 01:24 PM
 
deditus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In the LandOLakes missin the mitten
Posts: 2,986
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey there - since I'm from where you're from, maybe I can help.
Food costs are about 30% higher here than in MI. We are egg free, dairy free, and gluten free now and were not prior to moving here so that is a factor, but this is from recent comparisons when we were home at Christmas. However, due to the popularity of co-ops here (there are several spread throughout the cities), organic food is cheaper. Craigslist is THE place for rentals and will give you the going rates for stuff. 2 bedrooms generally start at $750 for small crappy places and of course the sky's the limit. We pay $845 w/laundry, cable, & internet included, but we're more in a modest lower income area of St Paul. Cable and phone seem to be cheaper here (less taxes on them). Gasoline and car insurance are slightly cheaper. Gas is around $2.50 right now. Homes are way more insulated here and usually have hot water heat, so actually comparable to what we paid in MI monthly - except winter is 2 (or more!) months longer here. Minnesota has wonderful subsidized healthcare and a great healthcare system, so she will be well taken care of in that area. Also, the public transport system is quite good, just check the transit website for routes. If she can afford it, Uptown would be a safe and close area for her. Oh and there are dozens of awesome CSAs here (ours is $28/week for 30 weeks, enough for our hardcore veggie eating family of 3), the farm direct meat, Farmers markets, it's wonderful. I love it.

Emily, cooking allergen free, knitting, reading, gardening Mom to 1 beautiful girl, born in the water on July 1, 2006 Wife to 1 handsome man since September 10, 2005
deditus is offline  
#4 of 7 Old 06-24-2009, 01:31 PM
 
littlecindy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 242
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
where is she moving from? it might be easier to give you a comparison than actual amounts.

i buy organic milk...$3/gallon?

decent restaurant meal $10-15.

gas you can find online, there are lots of trackers. i don't fill up enough to know!

electricity in our 2BR was about $20-25/month. we didn't pay heat. lots of apartments will be boiler around here, and heat is often paid by the landlord.
littlecindy is offline  
#5 of 7 Old 06-24-2009, 06:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
courtenay_e's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In my own little piece of paradise
Posts: 8,495
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thank you ladies! I'll pass your comments on...please keep them coming! Yes, we're from Michigan.

Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!

courtenay_e is offline  
#6 of 7 Old 07-14-2009, 11:37 PM
 
kjm279's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by littlecindy View Post
where is she moving from? it might be easier to give you a comparison than actual amounts.

i buy organic milk...$3/gallon?

decent restaurant meal $10-15.

gas you can find online, there are lots of trackers. i don't fill up enough to know!

electricity in our 2BR was about $20-25/month. we didn't pay heat. lots of apartments will be boiler around here, and heat is often paid by the landlord.
Seriously, $3 a gallon for organic milk? Where are you finding that?
kjm279 is offline  
#7 of 7 Old 07-15-2009, 12:31 PM
 
littlecindy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 242
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjm279 View Post
Seriously, $3 a gallon for organic milk? Where are you finding that?
i am not a milk drinker myself, i just buy for my husband and son. i think i got the sizes confused. at whole foods, it's probably $4/gal, $3 for a half gallon.
littlecindy is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off