I'm pretty sure I know the answer to my question, but some confirmation would be great. Regardless of where you are assigned, the pay rate/scale is the same, right? So, if you find two positions, one in an expensive urban area and another in a less expensive city, that you equally like, it makes more sense to take the one in the less expensive city, right? The only difference is the amount of the housing allowance. If you receive $1,000 per month for rent, but only spend $500, you get to keep the rest, right? I hate to ask my recruiter such things (because he'll think less of me), BUT one DOES have to think about these things. Hmmm... Decisions, decisions!