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Old 01-04-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Location: The City
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Really, Philly is that expensive?

I've visited but never lived so I wouldn't really know too much on the cost of living.
Pretty sure the average COL is nearly identical between Chicago and Philly
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Really, Philly is that expensive?

I've visited but never lived so I wouldn't really know too much on the cost of living.
Ooops I forgot about Philly. Philly is not very expensive. It depends on what you want. If you want just a simple row house its cheap. If you want a suburban house with a yard and such it starts to get expensive.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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Philly is exactly that.
I was thinking of some nice dense communities north of NYC, but with transit access into the City. With that said, Philly fits in regards to the topic.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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I would suggest Chicago, having lived there for 7 years. BUT since I like the East Coast, I'll give another vote for Philly.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Center City
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$60,000 doesn't get you far in Philadelphia, either. I'd head south or west.
You are right. Philly is cheaper but is not cheap. I suspect all the folks who are recommending it have not bought real estate in Philly recently. We have - within the last year. Further, a car is more of a hassle in Philly than not having one, unless you want a more suburban setting. If that's the case (which I doubt), then pretty much anywhere would suit the OP.

If the OP wants to stay on the east coast and live on $60K, I'd direct them to Wilmington, Baltimore, Richmond or Norfolk, with Baltimore the best of the bunch. They are not as exciting IMO as NYC, Philly, Boston or Chicago, but are places where $60K affords a better lifestyle. Otherwise, I'd look at some of the rust belt cities which I suspect are more affordable than the east coast. KC and St Louis are great under-the-radar cities worth investigating. Sunbelt cities are more affordable and even more car-essential, but do not offer the grittiness of the east coast or rust belt, if that is important.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:02 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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The contrast is really between Manhattan and Center City. The lifestyle and the environment are so similar between the two but the cost in Center City is maybe half of Manhattan’s
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Center City
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The contrast is really between Manhattan and Center City. The lifestyle and the environment are so similar between the two but the cost in Center City is maybe half of Manhattan’s
Agree. CC is expensive. Manhattan is outrageous.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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Exactly how large is a "large city"? A million or more city population? Then very few of them would be considered "afforadable", at least by comparison to other cities. I don't see Chicago as all that affordable.
If you're talking about cities with at least a million metro population, then there are many options: Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, St. Louis, Nashville, and Milwaukee to name a few.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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You are right. Philly is cheaper but is not cheap. I suspect all the folks who are recommending it have not bought real estate in Philly recently. We have - within the last year. Further, a car is more of a hassle in Philly than not having one, unless you want a more suburban setting. If that's the case (which I doubt), then pretty much anywhere would suit the OP.

If the OP wants to stay on the east coast and live on $60K, I'd direct them to Wilmington, Baltimore, Richmond or Norfolk, with Baltimore the best of the bunch. They are not as exciting IMO as NYC, Philly, Boston or Chicago, but are places where $60K affords a better lifestyle. Otherwise, I'd look at some of the rust belt cities which I suspect are more affordable than the east coast. KC and St Louis are great under-the-radar cities worth investigating. Sunbelt cities are more affordable and even more car-essential, but do not offer the grittiness of the east coast or rust belt, if that is important.
NYC is the most vibrant and functional city in America. Baltimore, Wilmington and Richmond are some of the least vibrant and most dysfunctional cities in America. I can't see how someone interested in NYC would settle for them.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Center City
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NYC is the most vibrant and functional city in America. Baltimore, Wilmington and Richmond are some of the least vibrant and most dysfunctional cities in America. I can't see how someone interested in NYC would settle for them.
Re-read the OP. I don't have time to explain all this to you right now.
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