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Old 09-20-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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Hey Guys!


Ok, so I ran across an article the other day talking about the "cheapest" cities in the US, but they were mostly cheap for a reason: High crime, small city in the middle of nowhere, heavily immigrant, etc...


Now, I thought it would be interesting to get peoples take on what the best "cheapest" city is. Now, I am not simply talking about price of housing or something like that. I am saying, what city is the cheapest, yet offers a lot to residents or visitors. I am looking for cities that are "cheap" for what they offer. Some ideas for what I am looking for...

  • good schools
  • lower crime
  • amenities
  • proximity
  • etc.
  • along with cheap cost of living
For myself, I would say a city like Atlanta (area), being as large as it is with tons of stuff to do. It also has many different neighborhoods, some good schools, tons of great restaurants, and proximity to the Smokies, several other large cities, and the ocean isn't too far. Its downfall would be crime, but like any large city, it will have its issues. So, what "cheap" cities do you guys think offer the most bang for your buck?


Note: I am not looking for moving purposes, just something I came across and was curious about.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:00 AM
 
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For big cities, I think Chicago and Philly are tops when it comes to offering the most bang for the buck.

After that would be cities like Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.

Then I'd probably say cities like St. Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, etc.

This is inclusive of the central cities and their nearby suburbs.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:09 AM
 
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Chicago
Philly



Pittsburgh
Cleveland

Detroit
Baltimore (only this far down because it it isn't all that cheap)
Charlotte
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:14 AM
 
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Pittsburgh comes to mind. Cool city, fairly cheap, neat neighborhoods, history, interesting natural setting, lots of pro sports, if that's your thing.

I also like Milwaukee a good bit, plus its a 90 minute drive or train ride to Chicago.

And I see Raleigh-Durham listed as an area with the most bang for your buck, but Raleigh and Durham are distinct metro areas (at least as far as census designations go), with Durham also having Chapel Hill-Carrboro as a part of its metro. And if you carve them up like that, Durham gets a slight edge from me.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:41 AM
 
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Nashville is another one that would seem to fit. Perhaps Columbus, Louisville and even Buffalo as well.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:44 AM
 
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I know Houston tends to rank very well when it comes to income and cost of living. Not sure from first hand experience how cheap Houston is but I know it is cheaper the DFW.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:46 AM
 
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I know Houston tends to rank very well when it comes to income and cost of living. Not sure from first hand experience how cheap Houston is but I know it is cheaper the DFW.
Yeah Houston has one of the best income to COL ratios in the country.
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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Yeah Houston has one of the best income to COL ratios in the country.
Never been to Houston myself, but I have family there, and just about all I ever hear is how long it takes to get from one place to another. I don't know how true it is, but according to them, it takes an hour or so to make it from one end of the city to the other.


Either way, they still enjoy it there, and it does look like a city with plenty to do.
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Never been to Houston myself, but I have family there, and just about all I ever hear is how long it takes to get from one place to another. I don't know how true it is, but according to them, it takes an hour or so to make it from one end of the city to the other.


Either way, they still enjoy it there, and it does look like a city with plenty to do.
Don't forget about all the toll roads, which cost the average Greater Houstom resident around $200/month!
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:17 PM
 
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Minneapolis/St Paul always ranks high for 'bang for your buck' meaning median income * cost of living. Very low unemployment, housing is affordable for the middle class, big city amenities (all major sports, major airport, Fortune 500 employers, major university and many smaller private colleges, arts scene).

Madison and Des Moines are smaller metros which are tremendous value with high-paying job markets too.

Southern metros where land is still cheap and the developments are newer. Charlotte, Nashville, Houston, Dallas.
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