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Old 03-08-2017, 08:03 PM
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Just within the past 3 years, Salt Lake City has gotten thrashed. It used to be you could find $250,000 houses as far as the eye could see (even $175,000 during the crash years). Rent was around $750-1000 a month. It was great.

Builders aren't building enough houses. The only new apartment construction is $1200+ luxury. It's not unusal to find new units in the city to run upwards of $1750-2250. That's just insane! And good luck finding a decent house under $300k (often $400k). It's starting to rival the prices my friends pay in L.A. suburbs, albeit their houses are older and smaller.

I would not rule out the SLC metro area, but do understand it is not the bargain it was a decade ago. Our summers are arguably as nice as ones in Portland, albeit a bit hotter and much less humid. A tons of sunshine! When I lived in Oregon, I got depressed too easily.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:52 AM
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We made a similar move, from L.A. suburbs to Wisconsin (Madison area). The cost of housing really made a difference for us. I've been able to stay home with our kids for several years, while my husband works remotely from his home office.

If you can deal with the cold, long winters, you may want to consider this part of the Midwest. Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin tend to have among the better public school systems nationwide, although you'll still need to do your own research on districts and schools to sort out what's most important to you. We like the slower pace here. I do miss many aspects of living on the West Coast -- we had also lived in Seattle previously -- but for raising kids on a middle-class budget, this is a better location for us.
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