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Old 11-24-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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Any places with cheap housing, low unemployment and no need for a car?
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Old 11-24-2014, 10:14 AM
 
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Probably select college towns would be the best bet. It will depend on what you are looking for though.
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Cleveland is a good option.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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Pittsburgh may be another bigger area that would fit.
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Old 11-24-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Pittsburgh may be another bigger area that would fit.
Yeah, Pittsburgh is probably among the best in the country.

In terms of mass transit utilization, Pittsburgh ranks 16 nationally out of cities with more than 100,000. But several metros have multiple cities listed (e.g., Jersey City, Arlington, Cambridge, Newark, Yonkers, Daly City, and Alexandria are not core municipalities within their metros). Basically you have Greater NYC, DC, San Francisco, Boston, Philly, Chicago, Hartford, and then us.

Real estate prices have definitely rose over the last decade - more so regarding rentals than home-ownership. But it's still way cheaper than most places on the coasts. It may be roughly similar in terms of cost now to parts of Chicago, Philly, and Baltimore, but overall there are still plenty of affordable neighborhoods. Pittsburgh retains a lot of affordable low-crime neighborhoods within the city core as well, so you aren't forced to live in the ghetto for cheap rent.

The job market is the diciest aspect. Pittsburgh did a lot better than most cities during the Recession, but job growth has been slowing down. Certainly if you have a professional background, however, the job market is pretty strong in the city itself. This isn't an area with a lot of growth in lower-wage jobs however, although the big boom in hotel construction downtown would suggest a need for a lot of hospitality jobs is incoming.
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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I thought about Buffalo as well, but it will depend on the type of job and to a lesser degree, the area of the city.

Another area that comes to mind is Lansing MI, which has a pretty good bus system in CATA and the overall COL is around the national average, if not a little lower. Not sure about its economy, but it is a capital city and has Michigan State University in adjacent East Lansing.

I'm sure there are others, but it may depend on one of the factors.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Cleveland has a nice transit system (maps):

1) City rapid train map: http://mapsof.net/uploads/static-map...map_(rail).png
2) Downtown FREE trolley map: http://www.riderta.com/sites/default...s/Trolleys.pdf

Very low cost of living with all big city amenities.

At one time, I lived the car free life for a couple years in the Little Italy neighborhood. Super easy.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:42 AM
 
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^^^ I agree regarding Cleveland. It has the urban density that makes getting around easier in terms of transit utilization along with affordable housing and a fairly healthy economy with an unemployment rate around the national average. The border suburb of Lakewood is a great option as it's the densest town in terms of population/infrastructure beyond either coast and is very well served by two rail transit stations and buses, plus is very walkable.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:55 AM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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For those especially with a good education.... Chicago is a good option. It has great choice of housing. High-Rise with a view to front lawn single home bungalows, cottages, and gemstones and Victorian styles. With far less Row homes varieties, then the east. Great Big city vibe and awesome lakefront in summer. Public transport is city-wide by bus CTA and "el" (elevated train) subway system to much of the city. Compared to the Coast cities. It is reasonable. Many gentrified neighborhoods especially along these rail lines.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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Another less obvious choice would be Lincoln, Nebraska.

It's the state capital and home to the University of Nebraska with a surprisingly very substantial population of nearly 275K.

The unemployment rate is the lowest of all the mid to large sized cities in the US (2.8%, less than half the national average of 5.7%), has a well-traveled and somewhat decent transit system because of the university, a somewhat compact non-sprawling footprint in terms of development, and an average rent of $590 per month for a one bedroom apartment (meaning there are many priced well less).
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