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Old 02-01-2017, 01:02 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I work in health care and the salary range isn't huge enough to base the move since I find it relative to the COL.
If you work in health care, you might also want to consider cities like Cleveland (Cleveland Clinic) and St. Louis (Barnes-Jewish). St. Louis' housing market also did well for itself in 2016:
Hot St. Louis Housing Market Showed Biggest Growth in U.S., Redfin Reports | News Blog
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Old 02-01-2017, 01:13 PM
 
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I'm not interested in Buffalo, I was just replying to the PP about affordable housing in NY. I don't like SW Michigan, too snowy. I was replying to the person who mentioned Columbus bc I was looking there bc of reasons they mentioned and that I can see my family more if I was in that area. I really prefer the SE but like I said, I figured that the prices would be too high for me in Raleigh in 2 years bc of the growth. I think Roanoke is probably the best bet for me.
I didn't mean a list of NY price points, I mean nationwide bc some cities have skewed medians bc of flipping, foreclosure, etc.
Sorry for being confusing.
What about other places in VA along/near I-81, as there may be more options like Harrisonburg, Blacksburg, etc?

Winston-Salem NC, which was mentioned earlier looks like a good option in the Southeast that isn't publicized that much.

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Old 02-01-2017, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Naples Island
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While housing values may be lower in Upstate NY cities such as Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica, the overall tax burden (income, property, sales, etc.) is very high and salaries tend to be much lower than Downstate. Then, if you factor in the depressed economic climate, general lack of interest in economic revitalization, aging population and terrible winter climate, I don't think you're getting much of a deal. However, I'm sure the public schools range from good to excellent overall given the lack of racial diversity.
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Old 02-01-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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Milder weather is a goal for me so Roanoke appears (I think?) to be the best option for
Affordable housing and taxes
Safe
Access to hospitals
Decent salary and jobs in health and customer service industry
Traffic
Weather / natural disasters

I think it's lacking in
Culture
Water/beach access
Attracting highly educated people during their working years so it's unlikely to explode like Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, etc

Tbh, I'm not really looking for a place where I'm going to make a lot of money. I'm looking for a safe, affordable area that I can make a decent living without fearing that I'm going to get priced out. I'm ok with that.
You should look into places like Greensboro, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, Greenville, SC, Columbia, SC, Augusta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Little Rock, AR, Tallahassee, FL, etc.
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Old 02-01-2017, 05:02 PM
 
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While housing values may be lower in Upstate NY cities such as Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica, the overall tax burden (income, property, sales, etc.) is very high and salaries tend to be much lower than Downstate. Then, if you factor in the depressed economic climate, general lack of interest in economic revitalization, aging population and terrible winter climate, I don't think you're getting much of a deal. However, I'm sure the public schools range from good to excellent overall given the lack of racial diversity.
Cost of living in these areas are much lower than Downstate and are on par with Southern areas, if not a little lower even with the higher tax rates(key word). Salaries are actually on par or even higher than many areas with a similar cost of living.

Also, it is incorrect about an interest in economic development, as there is evidence of revitalization in parts of these cities, some actual job announcements and there are multiple cities with median ages in the late 20's/early 30's. There are definitely issues, but it isn't all negative either.

Another thing is that the cities are actually very diverse and select suburban neighborhoods can be as well and still have good schools. So, I don't think you know what you are completely talking about.
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Old 02-01-2017, 05:07 PM
 
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You should look into places like Greensboro, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, Greenville, SC, Columbia, SC, Augusta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Little Rock, AR, Tallahassee, FL, etc.
Along with these suggestions, I wonder if an area like Wilmington DE would also work....
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