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Old 11-23-2015, 01:37 AM
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Some friends of mine have moved to Erie PA and earn $10 an hour working in retail. They both work full time and their gross salary combined is about $40,000.00 ($10 an hour X 2080 hours X 2)

In Erie, with their good credit rating and regular income, they can live in a very nice home, with a big yard, in a wonderful neighborhood, paying about 1/3 of their gross income on housing. Their home is newish and over 2000 square feet with everything updated and modern looking.

Erie seems a bit grey and cold to me but are there other cities out there with relatively strong economies where a couple each making about $10 an hour full time can live in a very nice home in a good neighborhood?
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Old 11-23-2015, 03:14 PM
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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What constitutes as a nice home in a nice neighborhood is relative. The best neighborhood in Erie transplanted to other cities might be ho hum at best.

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Old 11-24-2015, 12:05 AM
Location: Minneapolis
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Also, it make be worthwhile to look for places where low income jobs pay more than $10 an hour or have a reasonable chance of grooming a person for a higher skilled, higher paid job. So social mobility is probably as important as cost of living. I've said this before but working class people who want a middle class lifestyle should really take a long look at Iowa, specifically its bigger towns like Des Monies, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. It is the sweet spot in terms of high wages, good social mobility and low cost of living.
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:04 AM
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Phoenix might be possible if you want a big city. Assuming a 120k home you can probably find a 3 bedroom in a somewhat ok neighborhood (not the best in schools) with a good commute to DT. My parents house, about 150k, is a 4 bedroom at ~1500 sq. feet. However other smaller cities in Arizona that are not in the forested parts of Arizona could work. Like Yuma, Page, maybe Tucson, etc.
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:39 AM
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Lawton, Oklahoma and Evansville, Indiana are options.
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