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Old 03-16-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Portland or Seattle could work.
"Affordability is very important to me. Don't want to live somewhere where you can't afford anything."

The OP's words, not mine.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Anywhere in southern VA, or NC or SC sounds about right. Tidewater area, Richmond, Raleigh, maybe Charleston.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
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"Affordability is very important to me. Don't want to live somewhere where you can't afford anything."

The OP's words, not mine.
Portland isn't that expensive.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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Portland isn't that expensive.
How expensive is Portland compared to Austin and D.C?
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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How expensive is Portland compared to Austin and D.C?
More than Austin, less than DC.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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How expensive is Portland compared to Austin and D.C?
D.C. is clearly the most expensive of the three.

Urban Area 100% Composite Index (U.S.)

Austin, TX 95.5%

Portland, OR 111.3%

Washington- 140.1%
Arlington-
Alexandria, DC-VA

Cost of Living Index for Selected U.S. Cities
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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D.C. is clearly the most expensive of the three.

Urban Area 100% Composite Index (U.S.)

Austin, TX 95.5%

Portland, OR 111.3%

Washington- 140.1%
Arlington-
Alexandria, DC-VA

Cost of Living Index for Selected U.S. Cities
Interesting. Austin is cheaper than Arlington,TX.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Portland or Seattle could work.
He said he suffers from SAD, how can you recommend these two cities that are overcast so much of the time?

He also said he doesn't want a place where he wouldn't be able to afford anything. Portland or Seattle would be wrong for him.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:40 PM
 
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He said he suffers from SAD, how can you recommend these two cities that are overcast so much of the time?

He also said he doesn't want a place where he wouldn't be able to afford anything. Portland or Seattle would be wrong for him.
Yeah not sure the amount of rain in the PNW would work for me. I'd could probably deal with it better than extreme cold though. I've have a cousin in Seattle and he says sometimes you have to wear sweatshirts in June....that sounds terrible
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:46 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Yeah not sure the amount of rain in the PNW would work for me. I'd could probably deal with it better than extreme cold though. I've have a cousin in Seattle and he says sometimes you have to wear sweatshirts in June....that sounds terrible
Summertime AM temps can be chilly at times, but the summers are gorgeous. When we lived there we never had to run the AC.
I'm afraid that Seattle is becoming a victim of its' own success, however. Traffic has this kind of 'flash mob' quality to it; at 2:00 you can be sailing through town on I-5, and at 2:15 you're completely gridlocked. I've never quite seen anything like it, and I've lived in NYC, DC, Miami and Atlanta.
Housing prices are skyrocketing there. For us, it was great; we snagged an off-the-market deal in West Seattle for $675K, sunk about $175K into it and sold it 18 months for later $1.15K. My daughter leased a house in suburban Edmonds for two years at $1700 a month (a steal at the time); when it was time to renew, the rent went up to $3000 mo. She's since relocated to San Jose, CA (frying pan, meet fire).
I'd estimate that a market basket of goods there is about 25% higher than it was in Atlanta.
Having said that, I will also say that Seattle is definitely a young person's town, and the opportunities for recreation are boundless.
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