chosing between jobs - which would you chose? (pro/con list)
Chosing between jobs, what would you choose if the following were the pros/cons of each:
A: to stay put
-decent salary (relatively speaking, for the area we are comfortable)
-location: pleasant quality of life, extremely low cost of living (bottom of the scale nationwide), and we have a house we love.
-job satisfaction: you feel you can make a difference, but frustrations with heavy and slow 'system'
-Wife has a satisfying, but not well paying job
-education: a very decent affordable private school, but with 45 min commute each way for the little ones (10 min more than our commutes to work).
-job security: very high
B: to move across the country to a new job
-income: 4 times the salary of job A (dizzying numbers, actually)
-location: Extremely high cost of living (top of the scale nationwide), quality of life unknown, don't know if we could find
-job satisfaction: unknown, but a dynamic large company with exciting opportunites.
-Expectations of a certain lifestyle with accompanying expenses
-education: unknown, but we are assuming there are good schools in the area
-job security: unknown, but the company is large and stable
-Wife's job opportunities very slim in her field, but with the potential extra cash available, she could do projects that could further her career.
Climate is comparable.
Social network is not important, as we've only been in place A for two years and haven't developed real friends - only work acquaintances. We have no family in the country. Most of our friends are in neither state.
Wife's favorite pass time can better be practised in place B.
Values: we are undecided on this one. The risk of the kids getting bad influences in place B (like drugs) is probably higher, but there are things we dislike about social values in place A too.
Place A is up and coming but has a long way to go. Place B is already established as a desirable but maybe overrated place.
We are both big fish in a little pond in place A and would be little fish in a very big pond in place B.
Both jobs have growth potential.
I think we are a bit blinded by the huge salary increase, but there are so many more factors that play in. We haven't finished the research we need to do about schools and real estate in particular before making a decision.
What have we hot taken into consideration that would be of importance in YOUR opinion? I know we are lucky to be able to chose between two good situations, and we are grateful of that, but believe me, we've paid our dues with under valued and way underpaid jobs for so long.