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I currently live in the Washington, DC metro area and I know in order to be FIRE here will cost a lot more than somewhere else. Would anybody or does anybody plan on relocating in order to be FIRE sooner?

Yes, I moved to FL. -Fed gov't worker so kept the same grade -pay went down slightly, however housing is cheaper than NOVA (lived in Unincorporated Alexandria). It will probably prove to help my quest for FIRE however the COL is not that different and I would have higher promotion potential in the DC Metro area. Other than housing and taxes, NOVA was not any more expensive than FL. I found, with the exception of my skyrocketing rent, that NOVA was rather cheap to live in, especially if one considers all the cheap/free entertainment there is available. If you can buy or "lock in" your shelter expense through some other means, I do not think being in the DC Metro area will delay FIRE significantly. While you are still in the DC Metro area, take advantage of it, there of good quality stuff available free -everywhere else you have to pay! (Still too crowded and expensive for me but still not a bad place to live!)

Now, for standard of living while working, it may make sense to move. In DC, I'd not have been able to own a SFH on my salary, I bought my house a year ago in FL (for better or worse but at least I could.

A better alternative may be to work in DC, with the inflated salaries, and RE to a cheaper place.

FoolNBlue (Not missing the gridlock)
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