Cost of Living Forum

BataviaResident92 @bataviaresident92
Joined: 4 months ago

What are the typical living costs in Batavia?

I’ve been living in Batavia for over 20 years now, but I’m looking to get a sense of how the cost of living here compares to other cities nowadays. As someone with a family of four and a moderate income, I’d be really interested to hear from others about typical expenses for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, healthcare, and entertainment. What has your experience been? Are there any major costs that tend to be higher or lower here compared to the national average?

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ThriftyTraveler @thriftytraveler
Joined: 2 years ago

Housing is definitely on the pricier side in Batavia from what I’ve seen, especially for decent sized places in good neighborhoods. I was looking at 1-bedroom apartments and they seemed to range from $800 in the city center to maybe $600-700 outside of downtown. Bigger 3-bedroom places were $1,500+ even in the suburbs. Rent isn’t cheap!

That said, I found grocery costs quite reasonable – probably 10-15% below national averages based on what I was budgeting for food. Grab-and-go is pricey though, like $9 for a McDonald’s value meal. Restaurants are a little high but not outrageous for mid-range places.

Utilities were about average from my research, maybe $130ish per month for a small 1-bed place. Cell phone plans are decent value at $45-50 for unlimited data. Entertainment was affordable too with $9 movie tickets. So it evens out a bit if you’re smart with groceries and don’t go too crazy eating out.

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CraftyCarrie @craftycarrie
Joined: 2 years ago

I think the cost of living in Batavia can be manageable on an average income if you’re smart about housing. My husband and I live just outside the city center in a decent 2-bedroom place for $750 per month. Not cheap, but we have a little backyard and it’s a family-friendly area. Groceries are pretty affordable – I can do a big shopping trip for our family of 3 for $100-120 per week stocking up on basics like bread, eggs, chicken, veggies, etc.

The biggest shock for us was healthcare costs. We pay almost $500 per month for a basic family plan after my husband’s employer contribution. And that’s with pretty high deductibles. Dental and vision aren’t even covered. Childcare is also an arm and a leg if you need preschool or afterschool care.

I’d say overall it’s a relatively expensive city, but not impossible if your housing situation is locked in at a decent rate. There are ways to be thrifty with groceries, avoid too much dining out, drive fuel-efficient cars, etc. But healthcare is where costs can really add up.

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SoloSaver @solosaver
Joined: 8 months ago

As a single person, I’ve found Batavia quite liveable on my $65K salary. My total housing costs (rent, utilities, internet/tv) come out to around $1,200 for a nice modern 1-bed downtown. Groceries are pretty reasonable if you shop smart – I spend maybe $250 a month stocking up at budget grocery stores and hitting the farmer’s markets.

Recreation is where I splurge a bit – $80 gym membership, $50-60 for a nice restaurant meal once a week, $$$ for my golf hobby some months. But $9 movies, $3-4 beers, and free community events help balance it out.

I put around 30% of my net income towards retirement savings, so not having kids does make a big difference. But all in all, I find Batavia affordable for a middle-class single lifestyle. Just have to be disciplined with some costs like housing to leave room for fun spending!

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DINKlife @dinklife
Joined: 2 years ago

My wife and I are Dinks (dual income, no kids) and we live very comfortably in Batavia. Our combined income is around $130K and we’re able to max out our retirement accounts while still having plenty of disposable income.

Our biggest expense is our mortgage – we have a 3-bed/2-bath house in a nice suburb that we bought a few years ago for $315K. With taxes and insurance, we’re paying around $2,100 per month. Not cheap, but it appreciated a good amount already.

Overall though, I find Batavia very affordable for our household. We spend $500-600 per month on groceries by shopping sales and avoiding too much takeout. $200ish on utilities. $100 per month each for gym and golf memberships. We take 1-2 international vacations per year too.

Batavia has a pretty high average income, so the housing costs make sense. But it’s still very doable for young professional couples like us to live comfortably while saving a good chunk. No major complaints on costs!

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FamilyFirstBatavia @familyfirstbatavia
Joined: 6 months ago

With three kids, I’ll be honest – the costs of living in Batavia as a family can be really tough if you’re not making at least a $100K household income. We basically need every penny my wife and I earn to make ends meet.

The biggest expense BY FAR is childcare/education. We pay $1,800 per month for two kids in full-time daycare. Then summer camps, afterschool activities, etc run another $500+ per month some seasons. We’re also looking at $20K+ per year when they start private school. Simply unaffordable on a ordinary income.

Housing is also really expensive for a decent 3-bedroom place in a good school district. We’re paying $2,000 per month in rent, and that’s considered a good deal from what I’ve seen. Groceries for a family of 5 run us $1,000+ monthly even with deal hunting.

The healthcare costs actually haven’t been too bad ($400/month through my job) and we take advantage of the city’s great parks/libraries for cheap entertainment. But overall, the childcare and housing expenses are just through the roof. We’re always squeaking by despite having decent jobs. Batavia is getting very costly for families.

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BataviaBlessed @bataviablessed
Joined: 8 months ago

I feel very blessed and grateful to be able to live comfortably in Batavia despite being a single mom. It’s all about budgeting, smart cost-cutting, and still allowing yourself some affordable luxuries!

My biggest expense is definitely rent – I pay $1,100 for a basic 2-bedroom apartment in a safe area. But it’s gated and my 7-year-old can ride his bike outside. We don’t need too much space yet. Could definitely be cheaper in the suburbs though.

To save money, I do things like packing my own lunch ($5-6 per meal vs. $12+ to eat out), keeping my 2008 Honda Civic instead of upgrading, sticking to discount grocery stores like Aldi, and hitting up the city’s free events and parks for cheap entertainment. Every dollar counts as a single parent!

That said, I do splurge on dance classes for my son ($80/month) and treat us to a nice meal out occasionally ($50). You have to balance needs vs wants. Overall though, I think Batavia can be manageable if you’re mindful about big costs like housing and lock in a decent rental situaton early. There are affordable pockets if you make it work!

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RetiredInBatavia @retiredinbatavia
Joined: 2 years ago

As a retiree in Batavia, I’ve found the costs quite reasonable overall – especially compared to my previous city. My main expenses are:

Mortgage: $1,100 (Paid off a 3-bed ranch house a few years ago)
Property taxes: $400/month
Utilities: $180/month
Groceries: $300/month for two people
Healthcare: $750/month for supplemental Medicare coverage

We don’t have too many other major costs – driving has been minimal, no more childcare/school expenses, etc. An occasional golf club membership or dining out is budgeted for.

Housing is likely the biggest strain for retirees here. My paid-off home would probably cost $2,000+ per month for rent/mortgage in the same area. But overall, Batavia seems very liveable compared to pricier cities I’ve been in. My pension goes a long way.

The amenities, parks, low crime rate and sense of community also make it worth it for me. You can survive well here on a relatively fixed retirement income if you plan ahead!

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NewToBatavia @newtobatavia
Joined: 2 years ago

I just moved to Batavia a few months ago for a new job, so I’m still getting a feel for the costs. A few initial observations as a single guy renting a 1-bed downtown apartment:

Rent is definitely expensive at $950 for a modest place. But seems to be the norm for city living. Utilities have been reasonable – perhaps $150/month all in.

Groceries were a pleasant surprise – I stock up at budget chains like Aldi and spend maybe $50/week for myself. Restaurants and entertainment are more mid-range, like $15 for a casual meal or $9 movies.

My biggest sticker shock was actually healthcare costs. I’m young and healthy, but stuck paying $350/month for a basic plan through my employer with an outrageously high deductible.

Transportation has been cheaper than expected though. Just a 20 min commute so low gas/car maintenance. Don’t need to pay for city parking downtown which is nice.

Overall, I think Batavia is doable but not cheap for a typical single young professional lifestyle. Healthcare costs in particular seem excessive compared to other expense norms. But we’ll see how it evens out as I get settled!

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CityToSuburbs @citytosuburbs
Joined: 2 years ago

My family and I just moved out to the suburbs of Batavia from living downtown for the past 5 years. Definitely some cost differences to note:

Our new 4-bed/3-bath house costs us $2,200/month for the mortgage compared to $1,800 for our old 2-bed apartment rental. But we have a yard, good schools, and way more space for our two kids.

Utilities seem to average $250-300 per month out here compared to $150-180 downtown. A small price to pay for not hearing neighbor noise and having in-unit laundry though!

Groceries are about the same, maybe $700-800 per month for a family of 4 shopping at regular supermarkets and Costco. And gas has gone up a bit with commuting for work – probably $300 monthly instead of $200.

The biggest savings have been childcare/activities though. We went from $1,200 per month for daycare downtown to $600 for a home preschool nearby. Lots of free/cheap parks, sports leagues, etc too.

So while the housing and transportation costs rose with moving to the suburbs, we’re spending less in other key areas. All in all, the suburbs actually make the cost of living in the Batavia area more affordable for our family’s current season of life! No regrets on the move.

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BataviaHousehunting @bataviahousehunting
Joined: 10 days ago

My partner and I have been house-hunting in Batavia for months, and I have to say – the real estate prices are pretty crazy! We’re looking to spend no more than $450K for a decent 3-bed/2-bath home in a family-friendly neighborhood. That doesn’t get you much at all.

The average price per square foot seems to be around $200-250 in the suburbs, and $300+ for homes actually in the city/good school districts. There are definite pockets of much higher prices too around the nicest areas.

We’re finding we have to really stretch our budget and be prepared for bidding wars. Or consider a smaller home/condo and plan for renovations down the road. Or move farther away from the city center where prices drop to $150-175 per square foot.

It’s frankly made me question if we want to stay in Batavia long-term or just rent for another year and look in other nearby cities. The high real estate prices on top of already pricey other costs of living here have been eye-opening for sure.

If you’re looking to buy, definitely get pre-approved for a large mortgage and be ready to pay a premium for the Batavia zip codes. It’s not an affordable place to enter the housing market right now!

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