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Old 10-27-2016, 10:48 PM
 
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Where in the US would you recommend to a working class person? Let's make some assumptions.

They are
  • Unmarried
  • Make 30,000 a year
  • 30
  • High school graduate
  • No ideological preference (conservative, liberal, whatever)

Where would you think this person has the best chance at life? Why?

Job opportunities?
COL?
Cultural/environmental benefits?
Nearby education?
Better political institutions - (If you say this one then explain it, don't just say because such and such group is the best)
etc.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:55 AM
 
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Austin TX
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:51 PM
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What kind of cities do you prefer? I don't think you need to limit yourself...especially if you make 30 grand a year and are single. You haven't really given us anything to go on in order to make recommendations.
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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San Antonio,TX
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Definitely somewhere lower cost.
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:27 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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You might take a hard look at one of the cities listed in a Forbes report from last summer about where US manufacturing is going strong.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/edgl4.../#4e30e3e761f3

Forbes Welcome

Metro Detroit
Grand Rapids MI
Nashville
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
Kansas City MO
Oklahoma City
Houston
Portland OR

Of course these are vastly different types of cities to choose from. Which one you'd like depends on your preference for weather, distance from family and friends, desired level of amenities, what type of schooling you're looking for, and so on.
Politically and socially, I'd guess that Grand Rapids and Oklahoma City will be the most conservative, while Portland will be the most liberal, and the rest somewhere in between. So there's something on this list for all tastes in that department.

But remember that because so much manufacturing work is now automated, it can often require some form of post-secondary training, though obviously not a college degree. And depending on the field, some blue-collar work, like construction, might require a union card.

Good luck
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:29 PM
 
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Where in the US would you recommend to a working class person? Let's make some assumptions.

They are
  • Unmarried
  • Make 30,000 a year
  • 30
  • High school graduate
  • No ideological preference (conservative, liberal, whatever)

Where would you think this person has the best chance at life? Why?

Job opportunities?
COL?
Cultural/environmental benefits?
Nearby education?
Better political institutions - (If you say this one then explain it, don't just say because such and such group is the best)
etc.
I would opt for a city like Cincinnati which is starting to really boom with a good economy and a diverse job market not requiring advanced education to find work/succeed, has a lower cost of living, a fairly balanced political environment in an equally balanced state, masses of cultural/social/recreational opportunity and a sizable population of 30+ singles (1/3 of the population is 25 to 44 with 43% of that number single).
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Kekaha, Hawaii
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Wausau, Wisconsin.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Des Moines
Rochester, Minnesota
Salt Lake City
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


These are all places that have low costs of living and healthy economies. Des Moines is dirt cheap and a working class person would likely be making more than $30k within a couple of years. It would probably be my first choice even though it is a bit on the sterile side. Iowa in general is very underrated in terms of wages vs cost of living.
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