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Old 12-04-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Middle America has beautiful, nice apartments in lush areas without the hassle of living an elite metropolitan area for less then 500 dollars.

Same internet and Same chains with specialty products only a mouse click away and a day wait.

I have noticed that there are so many metropolitan areas in the Midwest and South where there are nice little apartments for less then 500 dollars. These metropolitan areas have the same chain stores and internet access as everywhere else also.

With the intangible based economy on the coasts and the fact so many jobs can be done from home and people are just looking at multi-media platforms which is the same everywhere I think it is silly that people pay such a premium for not much difference.

The chains are the same in general and fancy products are available in all these fly-over metropolitan with just the click of a mouse and a day delay.

I was on some apartment websites and beautiful apartments in nice looking areas with lots of nice retail go for less then 500 dollars a month in cities like Toledo, Lexington, Huntsville and Tallahassee.

This really nice looking vintage apartment building for example is 395 a month for an apartment close to specialty parks and a massive, quaint park.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/22...a5e342!6m1!1e1

This apartment in a medium-sized flyover with lush yards and no litter on the sidewalks goes for 385 a month.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/79...61d2fc!6m1!1e1

To me even if the elite metropolitan areas were priced the same as these nice, small sensible metropolitan areas, I would rather live in a city like Lexington, Huntsvile, Tallahassee or even Toledo if it was the summertime.

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Old 12-04-2016, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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Cool story bro. Here is a tip though; when you want to be taken seriously by folks reading things that you write it's important to not use talking points from clickbait ideologue news sources ("elite coasts" = from the mouths of Breitbart). Also; using incorrect grammar/spelling in the title of a discussion thread does not speak well to the credibility of one's stance.

That being said; the simplest rule of economics is at play here...supply and demand.

If people didn't want to live in those expensive areas; they wouldn't be expensive.

There are countless factors that play into why people live where they do and how development occurs. It's much more complex than "you can buy anything online now or work from home...why live in a big expensive city".
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:04 PM
 
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We get it....despite the name lovecrowds, you don't like urban cities.
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:21 PM
 
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This OP starts crap threads weekly with no point to them.
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:23 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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People prefer paying $3,000 rent, making $150k and living in a popular area.
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:38 PM
 
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People prefer paying $3,000 rent, making $150k and living in a popular area.
Jesus Christ. I couldn't imagine paying 3k for rent on only 150k/year. I don't know anyone with earnings in that range paying that much for rent. That must be a Bay Area or first-year NYC transplant thing.
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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People prefer paying $3,000 rent, making $150k and living in a popular area.
I don't see $150,000 being median in San Francisco or Seattle. $66,000 in San Francisco and $58,000 in Seattle.

Atherton, California and Medina, Washington are not reflective of an entire metropolitan area.

Median Wage in San Francisco Metro: $66,000

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - May 2015 OES Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Median Wage in Seattle: $59,000

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA - May 2015 OES Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Median Wage in Toledo and Wichita: $42,000

Toledo, OH - May 2015 OES Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Median Wage in Huntsville: $52,000

Huntsville, AL - May 2015 OES Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

I guess $36,000 yearly rent in San Francisco on a $66,000 median wage compared to $6000 yearly rent on a $42,000 average wage in Toledo or Wichita or $6000 yearly rent on median $52,000 in Huntsville, AL.

55% median yearly rent to median wage in San Francisco

14% or less in Toledo, Wichita, Huntsville median wage to median rent in Huntsville, Toledo or Wichita.
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Old 12-04-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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Huh? That's wages, not income. And certainly not household income. The $150k figure is much higher than average or median too of course.

As for "I couldn't imagine paying 3k for rent on only 150k/year," that's an odd point. A lot of people pay much higher percentages of income for housing. I paid double that ratio for years. Of course living in an urban city within walking distance of work means I pay almost nothing for transportation.
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Old 12-04-2016, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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"With the multi-media based lives and same stores everywhere why pay more then 500 dollars for an apartment?"

Find me a place worth living that has habitable $500 apartments big enough for my family of 4 and I'll think about it. Good luck!
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Noo Yawk, Noo Yawk
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Most people living in urban metro cities prefer the unique businesses in those cities that are not part of any chain. I feel sorry for people who live someplace where chain stores and big box stores are their only option!
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