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A TRUE LIVING COSTS COMPARISON Across the United States, people pay varying amounts to live where they do. These living costs depend on loca on and are calculated based on family size, income and homeowner/renter status. As part of Motus Two Loca on Comparison Reports, living communi es play an integral part in calcula ng a true cost comparison. Motus data provides an accurate comparison between the pre and post-move loca ons from a socio-economic perspec ve. How? By researching cost of living data in different areas. This is not just for large ci es, but for specific living communi es. WHAT ARE LIVING COMMUNITIES? Living communi es are areas employees can poten ally live, calculated to be within a certain radius of the worksite—or as defined by a company. It's a component of how Motus calculates a fair cost of living. Consider other methods of conduc ng cost of living reports. Company work sites, the most commonly used parameters for cost of living reports, typically don't represent the area where an employee lives. Work sites may be in a downtown loca on or an industrial/ commercial area. These areas aren't representa ve of where employees will either rent or buy a home, and for that reason, don't serve as a reliable basis for a cost of living calcula on. Similarly, lifestyles vary based on employee. For example, one employee might choose to live in a suburban community for the school system, while another employee with the same income might choose to live downtown in an apartment for access to restaurants and bars. An employee's decision to live in one par cular area as opposed to another should not impact the amount they receive for their cost of living allowance. Many tools available online will solely use the exact loca on to determine the cost of living. This can lead to significant differences, both posi ve and nega ve, in a cost of living report. Through our use of appropriate living communi es surrounding the worksite loca ons, we ensure that employees of comparable income levels and housing status are treated consistently when moving between two worksites. MOTUS LIVING COMMUNITIES An employee's decision to live in one par cular area as opposed to another should not impact the amount they receive for their cost of living allowance

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