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Old 11-23-2007, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
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I'm searching for a warm, safe, nice place to live with a low cost-of-living. My wife, 12 year old daughter (at the time) will be relocating in about five years and need to get out of the ever-rising cost of living in NJ. Please help!!
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Old 11-23-2007, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Look through the different 'state' sites here on City-Data to eliminate '4 season' states first then 'sift' further.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:25 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I'm searching for a warm, safe, nice place to live with a low cost-of-living. My wife, 12 year old daughter (at the time) will be relocating in about five years and need to get out of the ever-rising cost of living in NJ. Please help!!
The problem is that warm areas of the country generally pay less too. While the homes are cheaper, youll still be struggling. I found that out the hard way. Schools also generally lack in those warm regions, so watch out, especially seeing that you have a child still in school.
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Old 11-23-2007, 06:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio North
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The problem is that warm areas of the country generally pay less too. While the homes are cheaper, youll still be struggling. I found that out the hard way. Schools also generally lack in those warm regions, so watch out, especially seeing that you have a child still in school.

Not sure where you got these OPINIONS from. San Antonio is a warm place while yes your pay is less so is gas, electricity, housing, and food. As for schools we have to nationally recognized school districts where people form all over the country are making sure when they move into these boundaries. There are great schools all over the south/sunbelt/warm areas. Where do you live or did you live?
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Old 11-23-2007, 07:40 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Not sure where you got these OPINIONS from. San Antonio is a warm place while yes your pay is less so is gas, electricity, housing, and food. As for schools we have to nationally recognized school districts where people form all over the country are making sure when they move into these boundaries. There are great schools all over the south/sunbelt/warm areas. Where do you live or did you live?
I live in Chicagoland, lived in Tennessee.
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Old 11-23-2007, 10:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio North
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I live in Chicagoland, lived in Tennessee.

Aww. Cant comment on Tennessee never been there. I will say im a true southerner not sure how you can take the cold. Then again you probably wonder the same about the heat.
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Old 11-23-2007, 10:40 PM
 
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Not sure where you got these OPINIONS from. San Antonio is a warm place while yes your pay is less so is gas, electricity, housing, and food. As for schools we have to nationally recognized school districts where people form all over the country are making sure when they move into these boundaries. There are great schools all over the south/sunbelt/warm areas. Where do you live or did you live?
Texas is an exception. NC cities are other exceptions. In states like Arizona and Florida they like to pay you "sunshine dollars" instead of a high enough salary to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living in the sunbelt.

To the OP- you might want to put a heavy consideration on Raleigh/Cary NC. Unlike some other sunbelt cities the economy in this region is developing in a very healthy fashion, the schools are great, the levels of traffic are relatively low, and the crime rate is also quite low. The suburbs of Houston, TX are another place to look, VERY cheap, although crime is a little higher in the city areas. Both have terrible air quality, if that matters, but healthy economic balances (cost vs pay).
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:28 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Such a place can be found in El Paso, TX and nearby NM
El Paso was ranked the second safest big city to live in this year.
---more here:El Paso is once again the 2nd safest large city in the U.S.A
Weather is perhaps the best in the US. Good jobs are few and property taxes a bit high, but the cost of a house is low and there is no state income tax.
Nearby Las Cruces New Mexico is smaller but similar to El Paso but a bit higher housing costs but a bit lower property taxes (at least the last time I checked)You won't find a cosmopolitan life style here, but both places are a nice place to raise a family and enjoy the outdoors
I have travelled the US and seen many places, and consenquently highly recommend both places.
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Old 11-25-2007, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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How warm do you want it? We just relocated from NJ to the 'burbs of Kansas City, MO. Weather-wise it is not that much different, but the cost of living, especially real estate, is so much cheaper. Salary-wise, my husband and I each took about a 5% - 10% decrease, but our medical insurance is cheaper and our mortgage payment here is almost the same as our rent was in NJ.
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Old 11-25-2007, 01:18 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Kansas City can get pretty cold in the winter. Here are the January stats from www.accuweather.com
January
Normal High: 35F
Normal Low: 17F
Normal Average: 26F

That wouldn't bother me, but it's not warm, either.
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