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Old 12-24-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Miami
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As long as I can find work that won't pay any less than what I already am making, about $12.00 an hour. I just don't see how I could afford more than $450 a month rent with that, plus car payment, etc.
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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The problem with cheap places is that there are fewer job opportunities there (hence the lack of demand that would create high prices).

That's actually an out-dated theory. Below are the Top 20 cities in the US with the lowest unemployment rate as of October 2010. All are considered affordable/moderate places to live as well.



1 Bismarck, ND Metropolitan Statistical Area 2.7
2 Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.2
2 Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.2
4 Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.8
5 Rapid City, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.2
5 Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.2
7 Ames, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.4
7 Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 4.4
7 Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA 4.4
10 Iowa City, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.5
11 Manhattan, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.8
12 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.9
13 Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA 5.0
13 Rochester-Dover, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA 5.0
15 Billings, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.1
15 Midland, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.1
17 Madison, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.2
18 Rochester, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.3
19 Amarillo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.4
19 Charlottesville, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.4
19 Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.4
19 Mankato-North Mankato, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area 5.4
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Kyle, thanks for posting that! I will check these out. The only one that I have already looked at that is on your list is Madison, WI (I love WI) and there are no apartments there for less than around $550.00. I had looked at Milwaukee, too, and same thing (although I see Milwaukee is not on the list).
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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Is it unreasonable for me to think I can find a studio in a decent area somewhere in the US for around $400.00? I know I can't find a 1 bedroom apartment for that, but maybe an efficiency?
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Here is what I have narrowed down to where I have seen some fair amount of jobs and rents under $400 (not sure how the neighborhoods are, though)...

Houston
Dallas (hot weather though, yuck)
Indianapolis
Columbus, OH

I cannot find rents under $400 and/or job availability in any other major cities. Nebraska and Montana areas don't seem to have much in the way of apartment availabilty from what I see on-line.
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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You are better off looking in the cooler climates. People pay a premium to be where it is warm.

Madison is expensive because it has the university and the trendy factor. Go for someplace boring.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Maybe somewhere in Upstate NY, as rents can be pretty cheap. Here are a couple of possibilities: http://www.suttoncos.com/management/search_results.php
Hey I live in a college town near Rochester, NY and I have a studio under $400/mo that is plenty safe. It's full of students, old folks and disabled people, with a few young 'n' broke types who aren't too rowdy. The studios are tiny (200 or 250 sq ft) and kinda rundown, and the ants in the summertime are a pain. But you really can't beat it.

Rochester is pretty inexpensive as far as rents go, but in the city safe studios cost more like $500/mo and up. Truly cheap rents are in the next county over, but that's more rural than you'd probably like.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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