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Old 01-20-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Louisville rents are pretty much a bargain. I will make $12 an hour at my new job and I can find an apartment in a decent part of town that is 10 minutes from my job for under $450. I hope to make the move by December. Rent is still pretty cheap in Columbia, SC, Winston-Salem isn't too bad on rent.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I have narrowed it to 2 cities.

Indianapolis
Columbus, OH

While we all have our definition of "cheap rent", for me, it is around $450 and there are few places in the US I can pay that (in a safe neighborhood) AND still find work without commuting for 2 hours.
Houston is pretty cheap, but I loathe hot weather so I don't think I would be too happy there. I really wanted to move to WI, but is unaffordable, from what i have looked at. Had to cross it off my list.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:57 AM
 
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Consider room mates. That's going to become a new normal. We did a bunch of that in the sixties. Adapt to new economic reality. About the rents though, landlords are trying to take advantage of so many foreclosures assuming that people will now have to pay jacked up rents. This is only temporary. There are MILLIONS of vacant housing units right now. Landlords will be competing for paying tenants soon.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I really wanted to move to WI, but is unaffordable, from what i have looked at. Had to cross it off my list.
Milwaukee? Eau Claire? La Crosse? Superior? Janesville? Green Bay? Wausau? Appleton? Sheboygan? Manitowoc? Oshkosh? Fond du Lac? Racine? Kenosha?
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Milwaukee? Eau Claire? La Crosse? Superior? Janesville? Green Bay? Wausau? Appleton? Sheboygan? Manitowoc? Oshkosh? Fond du Lac? Racine? Kenosha?
Yup, nothing in my price range in any of the 3 large cities (Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison). The smaller towns I would not be able to find work in, and the ones that were close to a larger city were not in my price range. I was on apartment sites...I want the security of an annual lease and regular maintence if something breaks...

I cannot afford more than $450.00 a month, which severely limits me (although an efficiency is fine).

I absolutely will not have a roommate. I am just too old for that and I cherish my privacy.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Here in D.C. paying $1,600-2,100 a month for a one or two bedroom apartment is fairly common.
That's why I had to get out of there. I paid $1957 for a 2 br 2bath apartment. Biggest mistake of my life. DC is very expensive.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:17 PM
 
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I used to make $7 an hour and pay $450 a month rent. I had housemates and we shared the costs in the utility bills, bulk groceries, gas money, and everything else. That made a big difference. Even now that I make considerably more I rent with housemates. My rent is around $600 a month.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Yup, nothing in my price range in any of the 3 large cities (Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison). The smaller towns I would not be able to find work in, and the ones that were close to a larger city were not in my price range. I was on apartment sites...I want the security of an annual lease and regular maintence if something breaks...

I cannot afford more than $450.00 a month, which severely limits me (although an efficiency is fine).

I absolutely will not have a roommate. I am just too old for that and I cherish my privacy.
Don't take this the wrong way, but you can't aim higher?

I think by saying, "I CAN'T pay more than $450/mo" is severely limiting your options. Awhile back, I did some research on Eau Claire (was looking at a job there), and I couldn't believe how cheap it was. Laughably cheap. It wouldn't take much more than a service job (Eau Claire has a 5.5% unemployment rate BTW) to make things meet.

I used to deliver pizza in CA (Ridgecrest) for 40 hours a week and managed to pay $800/mo in rent. Another place with very cheap rents.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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We had an area picked out but that's fallen through so now we need to really expand the possibilites to find a cheaper place to live...and soon. Been looking at 2BR and finding rates $650 - $750 and a lot of places, house rents are the same or close to the apt rates. Of course, the kind of place and the neighborhood for that range varies but $wise, they're high compared to the wages. We've been looking at towns/cities in 5 states with pop. 10,000-100,000 and 2-3 big cities - prices have risen everywhere. Used to be you could live 10 miles out and get cheaper rent, now you have to go 30 or more and with gas prices, it isn't cheap either. If you have pets..it's gotten even harder. I've seen places where pet fees/deposits are higher than what you pay for rent deposits/fees.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: West Paris
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I used to be able to make it on $8.00 an hour when I was in my 20's. I now make $12.00 an hour (still pretty low, I know) and I am lucky to be renting from a relative or I would be homeless.

I don't know how anyone makes it on less than 35K a year. If I find something for $455.00 a month, that is still 35% of my net pay. *rant over*

Maybe that link will help you
America's 100 Cheapest Places To Live - Forbes.com
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