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Old 10-19-2014, 04:36 PM
 
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We are relocating to the north west. What are the best cities in terms of safety and affordability? We are looking for a place with public transportation. We will be renting and want to be able to find an apartment for around $700 without being in a high crime area or something that's falling apart.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:21 PM
 
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How many BRs are you looking for?

The list of places with good transport and $700 housing is likely to be fairly limited, esp. if you need more than 1BR.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:36 PM
 
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You're asking about an enormous area---thousands of miles, over 2 1/2 states. Need to narrow it down.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:53 PM
 
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You may want to look into Spokane Washington
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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Perhaps Portland, OR.?!
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Old 10-21-2014, 02:10 PM
 
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Perhaps Portland, OR.?!
Even in a 1BR there's not much in Portland for $700. Average Portland rent reportedly has surged to around $1300 - that's a combination of steady rent increases and that much of the little new stock that's being built is targeted at the mid to high end.

There are a few ads for rentals in the OP's range, but some look suspect, and the competition for the ones that are real will be incredibly stiff.

TLDR I wouldn't move to Portland in 2014 if your goal is to keep your rent low. Eugene possibly if you can make do on a 1BR or small 2BR apt.
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