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Old 01-05-2011, 07:56 PM
Location: Miami
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Bump, I would like to hear more on this thread as I am in a similar situation....

Old 08-30-2014, 05:15 PM
Location: Pacific NW
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Rural western Oregon. Avoid States with Republicans in charge. Oregon is good to the poor. Washington not so much
Old 08-31-2014, 02:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Swampbird View Post
I have been researching this for awhile as I am looking to leave Florida. Here is what I have found if you are looking for cheap rent (I consider "cheap rent" under $ 500)

1. avoid coastal cities like the plague. East coast, west coast, they are always more costly.
2. avoid rural towns. Who cares if rent is cheap if you can't find a job.
3. Texas (specifically Houston and Dallas) has really low rents and jobs, as does Indianapolis and Columbus, OH. Atlanta is not quite as cheap, but more affordable than other cities and still has some job availability. Same with Milwaukee - fairly reasonable, still a few jobs.
You can't find any place to rent in Dallas for $500, it's not a cheap place to live.
Old 08-31-2014, 09:07 AM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Originally Posted by Swampbird View Post
Bump, I would like to hear more on this thread as I am in a similar situation....
Swampbird, since you are in FL already, I would recommend looking into some of the smaller towns around the metro areas north of you, up toward Tampa and see if some place like Clearwater could work.

A lot of blue collar auto workers from Michigan have retired there over the years (I'm from MI originally). It's nice without being posh. The only problem might be that resources go mostly to impoverished seniors and if you're younger, that might not be as helpful if you need them.
Old 08-31-2014, 11:22 AM
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Look at Midwestern city, such as Oklahoma City or Tulsa. They're transportation hubs where there's a lot of work.
Old 08-31-2014, 07:57 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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Look for towns and counties with open Section 8 HUD voucher lists, that are also affordable to live in before you get your voucher. Look for affordable housing you can get on the waiting lists for in that city/county. Some will have rent as low as 30% of your income (USDA and HUD based housing).

Figure out where you basically would like to live, then start googling the city and county housing authority websites to see if their HUD Section 8 list is open, and for a list of affordable housing.

That's what I did, and I finally got into affordable housing. Still waiting for my HUD voucher, but even now, I'm in a low income apt in Redding and my rent is $350 plus utilities (during summer about $80/month). When I get my voucher, rent will go down to around $200/month.

So, even in CA, it's do-able. You just need to spend a lot of time googling housing authority lists, and calling a lot of places, and filling out a lot of applications, etc.
Old 09-03-2014, 07:03 PM
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Wonder where the OP moved? It's about 5 years since his original post.
Old 09-03-2014, 07:27 PM
Location: Idaho
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Originally Posted by TracySam View Post
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful idea. I send them money every year, and wish I could visit. I'm sure they can't afford to pay people well, but the people who work there do it for the love of the animals. Not sure about the cost of living in Utah.
Biggest problem in the small towns in southern UT, is there is usually no affordable housing. I know for a fact, there is none in Moab.
Old 09-03-2014, 08:39 PM
Location: Oceania
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Originally Posted by mermaidmichelle View Post
check out Douglas County, Oregon. The main city is Roseburg. I live in Winston (in fact, my house is posted on the classified forum here). But back to your request. Logging and health care are the main industries, its largely rural and most people and places are"poor-friendly" in my opinion. There are lots of outdoor things to do that don't require any/much money, many jobs opportunities are geared towards the no college degree required end of the spectrum and most people enjoy a laid-back lifestyle that isn't dependant upon having the latest this or the most expensive that. The winters are relatively mild and the summers don't even begin to compare to Las Vegas heat. Let me know if you want more info.

I'm not worried about the cash aspect but this seems more idyllic than the rat race I currently live in. I am in the DC area and a "simple'' life is appealing especially concerning the latest this or the most expensive that. It all becomes boorish at times.
Old 09-03-2014, 10:26 PM
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States without income taxes, so far there are only 5. Good luck.
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