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Old 10-31-2015, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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As in most threads talking about rent and salaries the location makes a huge difference. Here $938 is unheard of, affordable would be $1,400 if you could find it. Average is $1,615.
That is not true. In the Seattle metro area, the gross median rent is $1,179. Not $1,615.
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:05 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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That is not true. In the Seattle metro area, the gross median rent is $1,179. Not $1,615.
My data is for Seattle only, per rentjungle dot com and grist dot org.
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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My data is for Seattle only, per rentjungle dot com and grist dot org.
According to the Census website, the median rent in the city of Seattle is $1,209. Of course, this includes tons of apartments in bad areas.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Correct. I have heard Louisville, KY has a real "cool" vibe but its not one of those places most people immediately think of. I haven't been there but from what I've heard and the pictures I've seen, it seems like it might be like a smaller Charlotte. Thing is, because its not hyped its still relatively affordable.
Exactly this. As a bonus, places like this is where you will find the really cool people in my opinion. It's only when the become "discovered" that they become super expensive, trendy and overcrowded. That's when they lose their character and charm for the people who are seeking a city that has uniqueness and variations in its culture.
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Old 11-01-2015, 12:17 PM
 
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I agree. You will still find interesting people in cool cities but the ones who have enough confidence don't need the geographic identity to prove their worth. They may stick around if they have a good job and own their home, but others can move on to less expensive locales. This may be why Detroit is enjoying a renaissance.
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Old 11-01-2015, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Exactly this. As a bonus, places like this is where you will find the really cool people in my opinion. It's only when the become "discovered" that they become super expensive, trendy and overcrowded. That's when they lose their character and charm for the people who are seeking a city that has uniqueness and variations in its culture.
Louisville has a great vibe and is surprisingly surrounded by great outdoor activities.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I agree. You will still find interesting people in cool cities but the ones who have enough confidence don't need the geographic identity to prove their worth. They may stick around if they have a good job and own their home, but others can move on to less expensive locales. This may be why Detroit is enjoying a renaissance.
Same goes for Cleveland.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Problem with the cool cities is that older apartment developers forgot how it felt to be young and "invincible" and thought the recession would stop young people from moving to the cool cities.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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According to the Census website, the median rent in the city of Seattle is $1,209. Of course, this includes tons of apartments in bad areas.
Well, considering the median is the midpoint of the range of rents--it's debatable to how much of the 50 percent of rented housing units in Seattle are in "bad" areas. I mean, south of downtown to the city limits has some shabbier areas, but there's not many areas that haven't been touched by gentrification in Seattle at this point.

Though I think that median is out of date(probably 2013 data?)--rent has gone up a lot since then.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Well, considering the median is the midpoint of the range of rents--it's debatable to how much of the 50 percent of rented housing units in Seattle are in "bad" areas. I mean, south of downtown to the city limits has some shabbier areas, but there's not many areas that haven't been touched by gentrification in Seattle at this point.

Though I think that median is out of date(probably 2013 data?)--rent has gone up a lot since then.
Nope, the data is as of 2014. But it is possible that rents increased even higher into 2015.
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