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Old 08-05-2008, 07:23 AM
 
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I'm from Aus. and I'm looking to move to CA at the end of the year and I'm wondering where some of the cheapest areas to live in are, anywhere in California (i'm open minded...) I'm also looking for advice on where I should look for work beginning January 2009.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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As a general rule, the further from the beach the cheaper to live.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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What kind of work do you do?

CA is a very large state with just about any geographic region you can imagine - mtns, deserts, open plains, valleys, beaches, etc. The weather & geography does effect most ppls decision and job prospects. So it can be very cheap to live in one horse towns in the middle of nowhere for example. But jobs will be very hard to find.

Most larger economic centers have the best paying jobs along with higher costs of living. So what happens is you get ppl driving nasty 1+ hour commutes into these cities so that can live somewhere cheaper.

Now that said there are exceptions to this general rule - a road less traveled approach. Basically you look for work in the less crouded regions such as Northern CA above SF. Or look near the Sierra Foothills or Central Valley. There are pros/cons to these locations. But if you can find work then you can also check out the rest of the state to see what you really like the most.
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Visalia, CA / Bakersfield, CA / Lakewood, CA
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Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia are going to be your cheapest metro's in California to live. FYI, think more midwestish environment vs typically displayed CA environment.
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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I believe the cheapest area in CA is the Mojave Desert. Unless I'm wrong, the desert areas are the absolute cheapest.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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Yeah, I would guess Imperial County.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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Barstow or Needles. Not to much work there but cheap
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Barstow or Needles. Not to much work there but cheap
Ludlow on I-40 (former Route 66) is my favorite and probably cheaper than Barstow and Needles. They even have a Dairy Queen there .

Ludlow in the Mojave Desert
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I believe the cheapest area in CA is the Mojave Desert. Unless I'm wrong, the desert areas are the absolute cheapest.
Think you are correct. The ammenities are crap and public transportation is spotty at best, but it is truly green living at it's ultimate. Pick a bush and crawl under. Pack out what you pack in.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Cheap doesn't always mean good. Think ghetto and think you'll get yo azz shot!

If you are open minded then try any of the hundreds of immigrant communities in central california. you might want to learn spanish though or you might have trouble communicating with the locals. :P

No really though...check any of hundreds of farming or rural communities in central or south eastern california. I prefer the cheapness of northern california, up near Redding...but it might not be as "cheap" as you are looking for.
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