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Old 06-17-2013, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia IMO.
That would be my list too but I would also be tempted to add Pittsburgh.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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It depends on how big of a metro you want as well as what is important to you. Atlanta is likely cheaper than Minneapolis, but having spent time in both cities (more in Atlanta than Minneapolis) I'd much prefer Minneapolis' cultural opportunities to Atlanta's.

State and local taxes also need to be factored into the best bang for your buck. That Forbes article seemed to consider rents only, but taxes can consume a significant part of the budget. While a person is likely to make more money in Minneapolis than in Nashville, the tax differences may eat up the salary difference.

I'd have to disagree with Raleigh being very affordable. Rents there look reasonably high when I checked them out several weeks ago, NC's unemployment rate is awful, and NC taxes are reasonably high as well.

KC/Indy most certainly belong on the list. I have looked at rents in both cities and many places there are slightly cheaper than here in rural east TN, which has next to no amenities. KC seems to have more culture than Indy and seems to be a reasonably good buy if you stay out of the higher crime areas
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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You also have to look at the buck isn't the same buck everywhere. Working for the state in North Carolina, it's $34-36k/year. They're basically perpetually recruiting because the salaries so low. Working of the state in New York, it's more like $80-90k. So yeah, Raleigh is less expensive, but the salaries 40%. Now, if you're working for the federal government, it's $76k (starting) in North Carolina (base national rate) and $84k in NYC/San Francisco. In that case, the buck probably goes farther in Raleign.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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San Diego. IMO you get the best of California coastal living at a much lower COL than LA or SF, plus better weather than those 2.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy
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I disagree with Houston and Dallas.

Yes, they are cheap but they don't really offer that much "bang" for it's size IMO. Certainly not enough to be in be one of the best. Texas cities in general lack in urban life in my view. Although I do think Austin is not bad for it's size. Still it's not big enough to compete.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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I disagree with Houston and Dallas.

Yes, they are cheap but they don't really offer that much "bang" for it's size IMO. Certainly not enough to be in be one of the best. Texas cities in general lack in urban life in my view. Although I do think Austin is not bad for it's size. Still it's not big enough to compete.

Take that, you Houston naysayers! In a love letter that the mayor, the chamber of commerce and most citizens will treasure, Business Insider declares that Houston is the Best City in America and offers up 17 compelling reasons why.

The list shouts out themes of innovation, culture and diversity that play key roles in polishing H-Town's star. Business Insider editors agree that Houston has some of the best restaurants in the region. They also point to the fact that the Bayou City is brainy thanks to two leading universities Rice and the University of Houston. And, no surprise here, the city is ground zero for the country's booming oil and gas industry.

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Old 06-17-2013, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy
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As another poster said, it depends on what you're looking for.

If you're looking for a big city, then Chicago or Philadelphia.
Chicago and Philadelphia would only be in my list if you set the population limit at 5 million plus at CSA. It might be cheap compared to let's say NYC and such but it's still pretty expensive.

IMO, it would be Minneapolis or Denver which are at 3.7 and 3.2 million.

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San Diego. IMO you get the best of California coastal living at a much lower COL than LA or SF, plus better weather than those 2.
A lot of urbanites call San Deigo boring and a lot of people think it's too expensive for what it offers. So I don't think you will get much support there.

But hey to each their own I guess.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy
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[b]Take that, you Houston naysayers! In a love letter that the mayor, the chamber of commerce and most citizens will treasure, Business Insider declares that Houston is the Best City in America and offers up 17 compelling reasons why.
Your entitled to your own opinion but I don't get what job creation, unemployment rate, cost of living, affordable housing, and Fortune 500 companies has to do with urban life. And your link doesn't work btw.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Your entitled to your own opinion but I don't get what job creation, unemployment rate, cost of living, affordable housing, and Fortune 500 companies has to do with urban life. And your link doesn't work btw.
That was never a prerequisite for the OP. Did you even bother to read what he/she said?

It is a commonly accepted notion that cities like Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, & even Chicago offer the most bang for your buck as far as large cities go.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy
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That was never a prerequisite for the OP. Did you even bother to read what he/she said?
Did bother reading the title? Most "bang" for you buck usually means the most urban life/fun things to do.

The thread doesn't say "most affordable city" or "city with the lowest unemployment rate" now does it? If we are asking that there are far more affordable and lower unemployment rate cities out there than Houston.
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