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Old 07-01-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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Been curious about this after reading a different thread.

A city where the cost of living is low, you own a house, and still walk or use public transportation.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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Chicago is your best bet.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Spain
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Comparatively, at least for the west coast, Portland is less expensive than Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Seattle, with arguably better public transportation than all of them. Dunno how it compares to Chicago.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:42 PM
 
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I doubt Porltand's public transportation is better than SF, even San Diego. LA's light rail and subway cover only part of the city. However, for the part they cover, they are more extensive than Portland's. That menas you have the choice to live close. Portland's public transportation is impressive for a city of its size, but it is not that great when you look at the absolute volume.

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Comparatively, at least for the west coast, Portland is less expensive than Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Seattle, with arguably better public transportation than all of them. Dunno how it compares to Chicago.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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It doesn't matter if LA's raw numbers are higher, they aren't sufficient for the city. San Diego is very car dependent. Portland's transit is well integrated with a walkable city to make it overall much less car dependent than SD or LA. Not better than San Francisco, however. But the point is moot as the OP won't be buying a house in any of these cities rather than living in an apartment, because I sincerely doubt that the average person can afford to buy in any of them.

Or any city with decent transit for that matter. Good transportation in North America is a rarity and comes at a premium.
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Spain
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I doubt Porltand's public transportation is better than SF, even San Diego.
Portland's light rail has a higher daily ridership than San Diego, even though San Diego metro has close to a million more people. And Portland is opening another extensive line in september.
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Spain
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If you have a 200K budget, you can probably afford a house with a yard in north Portland, with a light-rail station within walking distance. That probably won't last long though, the housing market will pick up soon.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Cleveland:
Affordable Housing (not apartments)-Definitely http://www.forbes.com/2007/08/01/hom...hisSpeed=30000 (2nd most affordable)
Good Public Transportation-Definitely http://www.riderta.com/nu_newsroom_r...listingid=1096 (rated best system in North America, I don't agree it's #1 but it's still good)

Cleveland is considered one of the most affordable large cities in the country in city and metro. The public transportation is also great for a city our size. There is bus routes that run most the time covering just about all of the city and most of the metro. We also have the RTA (Rapid Transit Authority) 2 light rail lines (blue and green) and 1 heavy rail line (red) that runs through the city to downtown and out to the inner ring suburbs. There's also a new "silver line" that's like a rapid bus line that goes from downtown to University Circle.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Philly and Chicago are relatively cheap compared to other cities such as LA, NYC, Boston, and SF, and they all have relatively good transportation systems.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:37 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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You didn't specify large or small cities.

Actually, Charleston, West Virginia fits this description. City population of around 50,000 and metro around 300,000. Homes as well as apartments if someone did want one, are more reasonable than many areas, and there is a very extensive bus service in the valley it's in that at one time years ago won awards for how much ground it covered compared to cities similar in size. I believe there is now also a commuter bus that carries people from Charleston to Huntington, the "sister city" similar in size, 50 miles to the West, each morning and afternoon.

So, it's not a large 24/7 type of town by any means, but it does fall into the description of a place with affordable housing (that's not stuck in a ghetto or trailer park), and good transit system (bus, not rail).
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