Quote from precious33
I am interesting in relocating to Cleveland as well but isn,t 23-24/hr sound low for RN?
What,s the cost of living like?
How much on an average is house renting?
From what I've read about starting salaries for new RNs across the country, it seems to me that $23-24 is actually slightly above average (some exceptions being NYC and areas of CA) - I've mostly seen $20-$21/hr.... I'm sure that those numbers didn't include shift/weekend diffs. Not sure what the Clinic offers in that way, though.
I would say that cost of living in the Cleveland area is about average, maybe even slightly below.
One of our friends in nearby Mentor (east suburb about 25 minutes from CCF main campus) recently sold their 2000 Square foot home (with a beautiful yard & pool, good schools, close to EVERYTHING) for $175,000. A friend of mine who recently moved to Chicago said she and her husband paid over $600,000 for their current home, which they estimate would have cost about $300,000 here. I hear similar stories from friends/colleagues who have moved to D.C. and Ft. Lauderdale.
I'd say a decent 2br apt in this area runs about $900/mo or so. Not sure about rental homes, but like one previous poster said, it all depends where you want to live. You could definitely spend less, and you can definitely spend more!
For the best deals, I'd check out the college towns - University Heights, for example. Close to down town, relatively safe, and reasonably priced. Reasonably priced housing also abounds in Lakewood (western suburb just minutes from downtown).