Ohio has the cheapest insurance of anywhere I ever lived. I was in for serious shock when I moved to WV, which I perceived would be much cheaper than the rest of the civilized world, and found that my car insurance nearly doubled! I can't really figure out why even, since the traffic is less than OH, and driver skills seem to be a tad better, unless the rates are just higher for living close to the university, since we do have a lot more inexperienced kids on the road here who seem to do some really stupid things when driving.Gokul43201 said:Wow. Maybe you should swap that red Ferarri for something less exotic.
My insurance and gas are less than a third of those numbers.
Around here, the university is a major employer and with the student population, there's a lot of other businesses that thrive off their presence, so there are definitely jobs to be had. We also have quite a lot of growth occurring in the area, which is raising the cost of living a bit (though not much yet), but is also keeping anyone and everyone involved in construction quite busy (everywhere you turn, there's new construction of all types...residential, shopping malls, university buildings). The next town over, that also caters to the university community, though, has run into some problems that has put a stall on new construction, because their sewer systems have reached maximum capacity and need to be improved before they can tap anymore new buildings into them. But, that means employment for engineers and more construction crews, and likely road crews too as I'm sure it'll involve ripping up roads to install new lines.
It shocks me that you can actually pay students less than minimum wage up there in Ontario! My view of minimum wage is that it IS a student wage...in other words, meant to keep employers from taking advantage of young folks just learning a job. I'm going to be hiring a student worker this coming academic year, and am required to pay at least minimum wage, and will actually pay a little bit more...if a student is willing to put in a full 20 hour work week, I will pay enough that they can pay their tuition on their earnings (tuition is pretty low here still), which is usually what they need in addition to lab experience to put on their resume/or applications to graduate or professional schools, and they are usually willing to trade off a little bit in hourly wages for the flexibility or working in a lab where their boss understands that they need to be a student first and can accomodate them when they need a week off to focus on studying for exams, or getting a big assignment done.