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Old 05-17-2007, 08:55 AM
 
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What cities or metropolitan regions in California, if any, have the most affordable cost of living (i.e.: housing, groceries, utlities, etc.)?
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Probably the High Desert.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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Depends on what you think is "affordable" and what you are willing to give up for afforability (crime, safety, size of home, school districts etc)

High desert is craaaaaappy - but cheap
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:13 AM
 
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affordable california sounds like an oxymoron.
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Old 05-18-2007, 12:31 AM
 
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Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twenty-Nine Palms are some of the cheapest places to live in California. The high desert isn't everyones cup of tea, but some people (including myself) find the area quite beautiful and unique. I have met people that have traveled from all over the world to see Joshua Tree National Park. I also have friends from Europe that have bought property here in the High Desert to retire, and met many LA natives that have bought get-away homes here in the High Desert. It is also extremely affordable by California standards. You can still buy a decent home for under 200K with a view of the valley, and a large size lot. The down-side is decent paying jobs are hard to come by, and there still is a large amount of meth users out here ( aren't they everywhere now?).
I might add that I have personally experienced much less crime and enjoyed many more sunny days since I moved here from the Pacific Northwest 4 years ago. So I guess I wouldn't consider the area "crap".Most affordable California cities-sunset-over-dried-lakebed.jpg
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Old 05-18-2007, 12:46 AM
 
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Another Picture during snow.Most affordable California cities-yucca-valley-snow.jpg
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:36 PM
 
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Probably the High Desert.
HOW COULD YOU OFFER THE HIGH DESERT POOR PEOPLE, PLEASE DONT GO TO THE HIGH DESERT UNLESS YOU LIKE NO JOBS SECTION 8 RENTERS FROM L.A ,SCHOOL DISTICTS 3 OF 10 STARS GANGS EVERYWHERE DRY DESERT NO GREEN
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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The Central Valley is fairly affordable, all the way down... some cities that come to mind are Fresno, Bakersfield, Manteca, Turlock, and Modesto. The north-central is also fairly "cheap", like around Red Bluff, Redding, Yreka and Weed. I wouldn't personally choose to live in these places (though up north isn't bad!), but if you're only considering costs, these would be okay.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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HOW COULD YOU OFFER THE HIGH DESERT POOR PEOPLE, PLEASE DONT GO TO THE HIGH DESERT UNLESS YOU LIKE NO JOBS SECTION 8 RENTERS FROM L.A ,SCHOOL DISTICTS 3 OF 10 STARS GANGS EVERYWHERE DRY DESERT NO GREEN
Because they asked about affordable. They didn't ask about anything else.
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Are there not some areas of LA that are more afforable? What about Watts or Compton? I heard the rentals for a house are pretty cheap.
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