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Old 10-15-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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If you're considering Chicago I would suggest looking at Evanston and Oak Park. These are urban suburbs that have a city feel and good schools, but I don't really agree that they are "super affordable" by any means.

Some good options in lower cost metro areas exist in Cleveland and Milwaukee. You should check out Lakewood near Cleveland and Shorewood near Milwaukee. These are both urban suburbs that feel like part of the city, but have good schools and are safe.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I live in Cleveland currently and nobody here that I talk to considers Lakewood schools to be good. As for other urban'esque suburbs in Cleveland, there is Shaker Heights or Rocky River, on the other hand....
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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I wonder if the OP would be open to college towns. Those that are next to a bigger city or area may work and tend to have at the very least solid schools. Evanston fits that criteria, but places like East Lansing and Ann Arbor in MI and Kent OH are a few that come to mind.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Sacramento CA, Buffalo NY, Fayetteville AR, Boise ID all meet all of your criteria...all of them are extremely underrated cities that are not yet on the mainstream conscious although they are getting there quickly, I have been to all of them and was impressed to say the least (I actually preferred all of them to much larger mega-cities that I have lived in) The weather is great in all of them. Sacramento has amazingly perfect weather with 4 distinct seasons but no extremes in any of them, Buffalo has beautiful springs summers and falls and really snowy winters but you said you don't mind cold, Fayetteville is literally like the Portland OR of the South, Boise ID is like a mini version of Sac/Austin/Portland with a Denver feel to it from it's location.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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The Minneapolis / St Paul suggestions are great. It was a place we were investigating, and it's reassuring to hear other people's opinions support that. It's probably the place we'll check out first.

The Pittsburg suggestions initially seemed odd to me (simply because, it's a place I had literally never thought about in my entire life). But I did some digging and that might be a great option too. The listings posted look great, they're right on track of what we're hoping to do.

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I feel like the OP wants us to all say that they should live in Seattle but from my understanding it's a bit cost-prohibitive for their salary range
I'm sorry, that is not my intention. This isn't a pity play for Seattle. My intention was more of a "we love Seattle, but we already know moving there is not realistic on our budget. What's a great alternative?"

And now I've got a nice list of awesome places to investigate, from people who seem to have first hand experiences there. Which is awesome, and exactly what I was hoping for


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I am kind of curious where this might have happened. I first thought "they must be from Nashville or one of the Texas metros." But then I re-read Midwest and thought hunh? I assume the prices rose because it was the only neighborhood with character in a sea of suburbia.
Basically, yes.

For a long time, we were content because it seemed like a good tradeoff. It was only 50% of a real city, but it had only 50% of the cost. We didn't make a ton of cash, so that situation seemed fair to everyone.

Now it's *still* only 50% of a real city, but it has like 85-90% of a real city cost. If we were willing to spend just $100-200 more per month, we could afford nice places in some major cities, all of which have higher average wages, better transit, more job opportunities, etc. And since we always dreamed of living in a bigger city anyway...


I'm intentionally trying not to mention the place, because when I have on other sites, the discussion devolves into either "this place is too small to have 'Gentrification', your wrong" or "this place is consistently in the 'Top X' lists. Why leave?". And those are fine things for people to think, and I don't even necessarily disagree with it, but they aren't really relevant to what we're looking for. We know this place won't change in a way that will let us live the lifestyle we'd like to, and we only get one life. So we know we want to leave, despite the fact that this might be a great place, and even if it technically has low cost of living.

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The City-Data community has been awesome so far, and the responses here are great. I'm scared to wreck the discussion by mentioning the place.

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Old 10-15-2015, 06:26 PM
 
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Some other neighborhoods in Buffalo that come to mind are Elmwood Village, North Buffalo(North Park, Starin Central, etc), West Village and perhaps neighborhoods just west of Main Street like Vernon Triangle, Central Park and University Heights. This can give an idea to look and look into the magnet schools within BPS or certain charter schools: City of Buffalo - Neighborhoods - Map Collection - University at Buffalo Libraries

This is along with Allentown and Kenmore.

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Old 10-15-2015, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I'm glad you're considering Pittsburgh. It seems like a great option. I'm not sure your budget will get you into the good areas of MSP or Chicago (including suburbs). I could be wrong though, but I lived in Evanston back in 07-09 and housing was much higher everywhere that I looked.

Maybe Philly too but I don't know where the good schools are.
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:39 AM
 
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Some other neighborhoods in Buffalo that come to mind are Elmwood Village, North Buffalo(North Park, Starin Central, etc), West Village and perhaps neighborhoods just west of Main Street like Vernon Triangle, Central Park and University Heights. This can give an idea to look and look into the magnet schools within BPS or certain charter schools: City of Buffalo - Neighborhoods - Map Collection - University at Buffalo Libraries

This is along with Allentown and Kenmore.

Here is some more info on some of the neighborhoods mentioned: The Elmwood Village Association

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia8UP5tuQ84
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmwood_Village,_Buffalo
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9169...8i6656!6m1!1e1

Home - Allentown Association
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allentown,_Buffalo
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8994...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_V...falo,_New_York) ?(Hutch Tech is a magnet HS with a diverse student population and high grad rate)
West Village Slideshow | Buffalo Rising
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8928...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park,_Buffalo
Where Central Park and Vernon Triangle meet near the metro rail station: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9403...8i6656!6m1!1e1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Buffalo,_Buffalo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Park,_Buffalo
HertelAvenue.com - Hertel Avenue Buffalo NY - Stores, Restaurants, Night Clubs, Services, Business
Hertel Business Association - Hertel Avenue, Buffalo NY
https://www.google.com/maps/place/He...0ece1a27426806
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