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Old 01-09-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Note I got my geography a little mixed up re: La Crosse and Chippewa Falls (which is actually near Eau Claire) and corrected my post accordingly. It's Onalaska that's next to La Crosse.

I got it in my head for some reason that you were looking for smaller cities so I have been shaping my recommendations accordingly. My apologies for confusing you with someone else. As for "decent sized cities", the only three in Wisconsin that exceed 100,000 are Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay in that order. Milwaukee and Madison are out of your price range, even in the suburbs. Some of the outlying areas outside of Madison are reasonably priced but rental stock in your price range will be hard to come by as what little there is will mostly be full, detached houses.

You might find something in Green Bay in your price range, but GB is sleepy, somewhat gritty post-industrial town and there's not a lot going on up there. Someone suggested looking in some of the other towns in the area such as Neenah or Oshkosh. You may find something in that Fox River Valley corridor (from GB to Oshkosh) in your price range but I don't know how nice it will be. Appleton is the crown jewel of that corridor and priced accordingly. Something to be cautious of in the Fox Valley corridor is an abundance of paper mills that smell like goat's ass.
Goats ass, lol! Yup, spent some time in Appleton...but it was so beautiful I didn't mind the paper mill smells. But you are right - out of my price range, as is Milwaukee and Madison from what I have seen on apartment sites. I will check out the other ones you mentioned.

My only 2 requirements are safety and a studio apartment in the $ 450.00 range (I know I can't get a 1 bR for that). I prefer smaller towns, but I know that's not where jobs are.
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Also, a city with singles would be nice, but at my age that might be hard to find (I am 45)....
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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Swampbird,
We've moved a fair amount and wanted to suggest that aside from checking rent prices, keep in mind utilities, cable/inet, and food prices. I've found huge differences especially in electric bills - you will pay for heat or air for a chunk of the year and while I've paid longer time wise to have heat in colder places I've found my overall bill was cheaper north. Yearly average much lower (for elec/gas heat not oil).The yearly average was much higher when needing AC for a comparable period. It can be hard to determine ahead of time what your usage can cost.

Same with cable/internet - big differences between places. Some cities don't even offer a cheap($12), very basic cable and you need to pay $40 min to get any reception.

Just some things to keep in mind besides rent that may not be as "adjustable" for your budget as you might anticipate.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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I tried to edit but it wasn't working..

For cable/internet - overall was cheaper in south. One place, we only had 1 high priced option. If we'd lived only 1 mile away across a river, we'd have had 4 (all cheaper)companies to choose.

Overall electric was much more expensive heading south - using the AC more because of the heat. The basic rates were higher, it wasn't that we used more AC than heat.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Okay...so long as they are within an hour's commute of a larger city, as I will need to work full-time. What are some decent sized cities besides Milwaukee and Green Bay?
Here's a few that are between maybe 30K and 150K population that are closer to major cities:

Eau Claire (1.5 hours from Twin Cities), Chippewa Falls (1 hour from Twin Cities), Hudson -- may be more expensive though (30 minutes from Twin Cities), Sheboygan (45 minutes from Milwaukee), Racine (45 minutes from Milwaukee AND Chicago).
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Miami
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I agree with you guys about heat vs. A/C. Personally, I am uncomfortable when it's hotter than 75 degrees, so living in Fla, my A/C is on 11 months out of the year. I doubt a heating bill up north would cost more than that.

Min-Chi-Cbus, thank you - I did not realize that some of those cities were so close to major areas. I will continue to look into this....
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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Upstate NY would work, as I've seen some job in your field in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, among others.
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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I hear upstate NY is beautiful....I could be happy there, assuming I found work and cheap rent...
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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I hear upstate NY is beautiful....I could be happy there, assuming I found work and cheap rent...
You can find both. Check here: MapsKrieg - CraigsList Apartment Listings Mashed With Google Maps

Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com

You can look at Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. Some other cities might have something too.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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I would never move anywhere without a job in this economy wether it was good or bad .The only exception would be if you had family in the cities in your list.
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