Hoping for some input here and I'll try to keep this as simple as possible. I'm a management level gov't employee. I make a decent living..good enough that with mine and my wifes salary (also gov't) we can afford a small 3 bedroom cape in a middle class Long Island neighborhood. Very expensive living here, and we have to watch our spending at all times. I've been applying for a higher management level position in the NY Metro area for over a year, but not even getting a shot at an interview.....Now though, the opening has come up again, and I've got some people in my corner who will back me, but ultimately these folks don't make the actual hiring decision. After some initial talks with my wife, I applied for the same higher management level job in Sarasota Florida, was interviewed and was offered the job. It's just easier to get this job outside the NY area due to less competition. Before the offer came, my wife and I felt we would be willing to make the move, uproot the kids, sell the house and so on, in return for a bit better quality of life and cheaper living. Now that I've gotten the offer, we're both having second thoughts and here's why: The Florida job will mean a $7,000 salary decrease for the first year from what I'm making now. After the first year, it will yield a $3,000 increase over my current salary. If I managed to get the job in NY, my annual salary would increase $1,000 in the first year, and then after that year, increase by $10,000 over what I make now. So, we're wondering, and researching, how great a financial benefit it would be to move to Florida under these salary terms? More importantly though: In Florida, short term advancement potential is good but it's limited. In other words, I could likely advance there quickly, but there's only so far I could go before I hit a dead end. In NY, long term advancement potential is good. It takes a long time due to increased competition but you can go further up the government salary scale because jobs that are available in NY are not available in Florida. So, do I take the Florida job with the short term but limited potential? Or do I pass on it, hope I get the job I'm applying for in NY thinking maybe I'll get it and have a better long term future? The risk of course is that I may not get the NY job..maybe not this year, maybe not for several years..And in the meantime, we've hit a salary dead end. Only raises available to me now are annual cost of living increases. My wife can transfer to Florida without a problem, and with about a $3,000 salary decrease. Just feels that no matter what decision we make, we're going to wonder what if. Any thoughts?