It’s no secret that the cost of living differs from state to state and in Iowa, we are lucky because our cost of living is cheaper than the US average. On the other end of the spectrum, we know that California is one of the most expensive states you can live in.

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Just looking at a cost-of-living calculator, I compared Los Angeles, California to Clermont in Fayette County in northeast Iowa and, to no surprise, you are going to need to make around $118,386 in LA if you want to maintain a similar quality of life. (This is assuming that you are a homeowner with no childcare and taxes are not considered.)

But besides just the quality of life, comparing what you can get for the same amount of money can lead to some very different lives. Let’s take buying a house. Let’s compare one of the most expensive houses on the market in Fayette, County to LA.

In Clermont, there is a house for sale for $725,000. Similarly in LA, I found a home for sale for $761,000- which is a little more expensive than Clermont but will still work for the sake of this comparison.

The LA home is a 954-square-foot, 2 bed, and 2 bath condominium. The Clermont house is a 3,300-square-foot, 4 bed and 3-bathroom house. Already we have a big size difference.

But instead of me telling you about the two places, let’s take a look inside.

$700K in Northeast Iowa vs LA

It's no secret the cost to live in Iowa is much lower than in California. But if you have $700,000 you want to spend on a house, let's see what it can get you in Iowa vs California

Now for the sake of the comparison, I did my best to do an equal representation of the houses.

While we are comparing houses, let's take another look at a comparison between a Fayette County house with LA.

Here Is All The House You Get for $100,000 in Oelwein vs. Los Angeles

Oelwein, Iowa is a place you can find a really large house for $100K. But what about Los Angeles? Let's see how your buck compares in each city!