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Old 08-17-2017, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I'm curious in California living but don't make San Francisco money, so what's some inexpensive (but not wear red and you die dangerous) cities?

Im getting the parenthesis info from my dad who was stationed there. He doesn't remember cheap cities but knows they weren't safe. I'm looking for a happy middle.

Just one guy with a cat, trying to stay near(ish) LGBT areas, especially now with the current climate.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:33 PM
 
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Generally the further inland you go the cheaper it will be. Do you need to be in a larger city to make money? Do you want to live near SF or LA? Doable but you'd probably need roommates and would have a long commute. I'm a fan of Sacramento as far as bang for the buck goes, but the buck side of the equation has been increasingly rapidly recently.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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I'm curious in California living but don't make San Francisco money, so what's some inexpensive (but not wear red and you die dangerous) cities?

Im getting the parenthesis info from my dad who was stationed there. He doesn't remember cheap cities but knows they weren't safe. I'm looking for a happy middle.

Just one guy with a cat, trying to stay near(ish) LGBT areas, especially now with the current climate.

I'd look into the Coachella Valley (palm Springs to Palm Desert, specifically) if you can tolerate 100+ degree summertime temperatures.

Bakersfield could be an option

Best Areas to Move to in Bakersfield? (LGBT Experiences too!)

Also, Sacramento. Any place near the coast is going to be expensive, so I'd focus on looking inland.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:11 PM
 
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I'm curious in California living but don't make San Francisco money, so what's some inexpensive
The first thing we need to do is to define is what YOU consider "inexpensive." One person's definition may be different than another's.

Let's start with rent. What's the maximum you'd pay for rent and still consider it inexpensive?

Fill us in on that, and then perhaps we can steer you to some places that might fit the bill.

To make good suggestions, it also would be helpful to know what state you'll be moving from, and why California interests you as a place to live. If you've already visited California, tell us what areas you've already spent time in, and what you liked/didn't like about them, as that will help us narrow suggestions down too.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:02 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Sacramento? Or what about the North Coast--not sure if that's included in your idea of "California living". What's your profession?
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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This is a really common theme/question on CD. Here are a few posts:

Are there any "affordable" areas of California left that are not urban wastelands?

Affordable (and safe) areas around SF

Is Sacramento more affordable than SOCAL?

If you use the search feature you'll find a lot more.

Derek
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:26 PM
 
Location: East Bay, CA
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Sacramento isn't cheap anymore, but it's definitely cheaper than SF/Oakland/Berkeley. Riverside isn't bad, but it doesn't have a very big LGBT community.

Next best bet would unfortunately be Bakersfield or Fresno. If considering out of state, Houston is probably the last "cheap" major US city with a decent LGBT community, so there's that.
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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Yeah, just check out Palm Springs (the CITY, not the Valley), IF you can tolerate +110-125 degree weather on regular. Big LGBT community out that way.
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Old 08-18-2017, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Yeah, just check out Palm Springs (the CITY, not the Valley), IF you can tolerate +110-125 degree weather on regular. Big LGBT community out that way.
Good point on that, especially avoid Indio, Coachella and Thermal
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Old 08-18-2017, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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Good point on that, especially avoid Indio, Coachella and Thermal
Hm... Gee, I wonder why you'd say something like that. I currently reside in Indio, though...
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