Re: Turning down high paying job. Am I crazy?
Can you negotiate for more than $40K? Or is $40K the max? And will they pay for moving expenses? If so, I think I would do it. Moving might be a great experience, even if it's short-term. You can always go back. Money is not everything though and that rings true for me in the field I work in as it doesn't pay all that great.
Anyhow, I was forced to move from Indianapolis to NYC for work (I say forced but I wasn't actually forced) and the experience has been priceless. One I wouldn't trade for anything in the world and I've been in NYC for a little over 4 years now. Granted, NYC is different than Riverside and I'm also younger than you are with fewer commitments and responsibilities, but you might like the new experience because I can guarantee you it will be different than Jax. And it sounds like it's a net positive financially, especially if it's only for a few years. That extra money could go a long way for your retirement potentially.