I have just seen a very interesting web site that allows you to key in your town and post code and it will show you all the following information:
The population for the town or village
The net revenue per household and how many inhabitants
Average Monthly Salary for the richest 10% in the town
Average Nett salary per person, including full time and part time
Where the town comes in the list of 36 717 towns and villages
How your town compares to the surrounding towns
How the household is made up - single, couples with children etc
How the population is made up - by profession
Average salary of a working household
Average pension of a retired household.
This is available for over 36 thousand towns and villages in France, but if you are interested it gives you an idea of average salaries etc in France.
Here is the site - it is in French, but easy to follow:
On one of the forums I read, someone made a comment that maybe it is possible to live more cheaply in France if you are retired.
At the moment I don't think there is much difference between the two countries in term of living expenses. It is all getting expensive.
I did think about doing a shop in the Uk next week and having it delivered here, but after reading Frugal's blog yesterday about the price of flour, I don't think I'll bother. I checked this morning in Lidl, and a kilo of good quality fine plain flour is 39centimes, Frugal said it was over 70p in the UK.
However I am going to start planning to do some stockpiling this month.
This was taken from their website. You can copy it into Googlre Translate and it will give you an idea of what it is all about and why the site was set up.
Ouvert au début de l'année 2009, Le site SalaireMoyen.com souhaite développer plus de transparence sur les niveaux de revenus en France et aider les ménages qui souhaitent déménager à mieux comprendre leur environnement futur. Sur notre site, vous pouvez ainsi accéder aux niveaux de salaire moyen des Français, de retraite et d'impôt sur le revenu dans chacune des 36 700 villes de France. Pour les villes de taille suffisante, il est même possible de connaître la répartition par tranche de revenus. Les données publiées sont issues de statistiques retravaillées de l'INSEE (2007) et du Ministère des Finances (2008).