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I have seen studies done in the past as to the best places to retire or best cities for raising a family. I was wondering if anyone ever did a study comparing housing costs, kosher food costs, Jewish schooling tuition costs, Synagogue membership costs, job availability, and average salaries, to figure where it is the most financially sensible place to raise a Orthodox Jewish family. If this was done can someone perhaps link it to an answer. If not why was this never done?

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    Don't really see how this is off-topic since it definitely relates to Judaism inasmuch as the costs are incurred because of halachic practices...? – Loewian Nov 12 '15 at 21:08
  • I think this is on-topic according to the conclusions here: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/262/… – SAH Nov 12 '15 at 22:00
  • I'm undecided for now if it's on or off topic. Assuming that it's on topic. Please edit the question to narrow the scope to U.S., Israel (well, I think that anywhere in Israel is the "best place".) If you're talking about U.S., perhaps, an org. such as UJA may have done such a study. In general, in the U.S., as you know, there aren't that many Orthodox communities. Most are clustered in the Northeast and a bot around the L.A. area with a few other scattered "large" U.S. cities such as Chicago. I think if you Google "U.S. Jewish population breakdown", it may be a good start. Don't use "Siri". – DanF Nov 12 '15 at 22:42
  • "Best Places to Live" rankings are very subject and generalized to factors that appeal to the majority of people: education, housing, recreation, culture, transportation, commute, health care, crime, etc. I don't doubt that such a ranking could be done for Jews, butI think it would be particularly difficult due to the varying degree of observance. Example, would several Jewish Day Schools be sufficient for "education" category or do they have to be yeshivishe? Would having a Jewish Community Center offering numerous programs and classes count or would the city need a rabbinical school? ..... – JJLL Nov 12 '15 at 23:05
  • .....So, in my opinion, such a ranking would have to be limited to specific denominations and sub-genres of Judaism – JJLL Nov 12 '15 at 23:06

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