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Old 01-15-2014, 10:12 PM
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Originally Posted by 1greatcity View Post
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.
500,000 to 1,000,000 in city population.

However, these days cities are measured by their metro areas. I think if a city has a metro area of 4 million to 8 million, it is probably classified as a "large city".
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:09 AM
Location: roaming gnome
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Originally Posted by j_cat View Post
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.
Exactly, somebody considering NYC would not settle for Baltimore or Wilmington. It's not even remotely close... they would be better off going to Philly, Seattle, or numerous other cities, or just stay where they already are and wait until they afford it, I don't see the point of somebody willingly relocating to those places. Wilmington was the most dangerous city per capita in 2012 and crime continues to escalate, and Baltimore isn't the greatest either.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:06 PM
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I would say San Francisco but it isn't cheaper that Manhattan. What about Washington, D.C.?
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:37 PM
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Originally Posted by Chava61 View Post
I would say San Francisco but it isn't cheaper that Manhattan. What about Washington, D.C.?
DC has become exorbitantly expensive over the past decade. Not quite Manhattan-like rents/housing prices, but not terribly far off. It also has a lot to offer as a city, and is increasingly becoming more vibrant, but you could also never compare it to a place like New York, which has a much more diversity -- not just racially, but in terms of various backgrounds/interests.

DC is heavily-dominated by the politically-oriented, self-important yuppie set, and that can be a turn-off after a while.
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