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Old 06-21-2017, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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What? I'm on Zillow right now and there's houses for rent in Huntsville for the price you pay for a studio in the average medium sized US city.... How is the rent in Huntsville not low?
I lived in Huntsville for 1.5 years and the rents on apartments were not 'low' in my view. The OP was talking about living on min. wage.

Comparing rents to some other pricier city doesn't mean the rents in Hville are low if you are making min. wage.

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Old 06-22-2017, 11:36 AM
 
Location: 352
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Hi. This year I'm finally escaping hell (Russia) after winning green card lottery. Since salaries here are extremely low ($300-400/mo) I don't have much savings - just $9k after all relocating expenses.

Few words about me: 26, single, good enough English, IT background - 5y in mobile QA, 3y in pre-press, but no CS degree so IT job is unlikely and I'm ok with general labor work at factory, warehouse, dishwashing etc.

So I'm looking for city with:

* Good unemployment rate.
* Low rent.
* Can survive on minimum wage.
* No need for car (either advanced public transit or possibility to ride bike all year long).
* Mild or warm climate (I'm sick of cold winters after so many years).
* Low crime, not a ghetto.
* Not hostile towards immigrants.

Would greatly appreciate your help.
Everyone is pointing you to the south, but the south is not as cheap as it looks. Also theres no city in the south with "advanced" public transportation in my opinion. Atlanta is the closest, but you have to live in the city to get full benefits.

I would give the midwest a look, but if the weather is really a back breaker, I'd look at southern portions of Atlanta.

To be honest theres no city that has everything you want, how you want it, so theres gonna have to be tradeoffs. Whether it be dealing with winters or having a car or "no ghettos."

Most likely though in order to get most of what you want, youre gonna have to invest in a car, unless you live in an urban core, which will probably be cost prohibitive. Will probably need to look into roommates as well to stretch your dollars even further.
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:57 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Everyone is pointing you to the south, but the south is not as cheap as it looks. Also theres no city in the south with "advanced" public transportation in my opinion. Atlanta is the closest, but you have to live in the city to get full benefits.

I would give the midwest a look, but if the weather is really a back breaker, I'd look at southern portions of Atlanta.

To be honest theres no city that has everything you want, how you want it, so theres gonna have to be tradeoffs. Whether it be dealing with winters or having a car or "no ghettos."

Most likely though in order to get most of what you want, youre gonna have to invest in a car, unless you live in an urban core, which will probably be cost prohibitive. Will probably need to look into roommates as well to stretch your dollars even further.
Or look at Houston or Dallas: Quite possibly relocating to Texas: which city has better public transport?
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:59 PM
 
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Hi. This year I'm finally escaping hell (Russia) after winning green card lottery. Since salaries here are extremely low ($300-400/mo) I don't have much savings - just $9k after all relocating expenses.

Few words about me: 26, single, good enough English, IT background - 5y in mobile QA, 3y in pre-press, but no CS degree so IT job is unlikely and I'm ok with general labor work at factory, warehouse, dishwashing etc.

So I'm looking for city with:

* Good unemployment rate.
* Low rent.
* Can survive on minimum wage.
* No need for car (either advanced public transit or possibility to ride bike all year long).
* Mild or warm climate (I'm sick of cold winters after so many years).
* Low crime, not a ghetto.
* Not hostile towards immigrants.

Would greatly appreciate your help.
Congrats and welcome to the US!
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:00 PM
 
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God, no. We are having real estate price explosion. There is no way a person can live on minimum wage here.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:04 PM
 
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I have not been a lot of places to be of much help, but I did once visit Laughlin, NV. Next to it is Bullhead City, AZ. I think most people there work in the casinos in Laughlin. It is not just warm, it is BLAZING hot but I was REALLY struck by how cheap it was. I made friends with a guy had a nice two bedroom, two story apartment $500 BILLS PAID. I flat didn't believe him, but it was true. OF course the winters are super mild and very nice. One just has to bear the summers. There was this little bus for only $2 to go anywhere in the small town. One WANTS a car virtually anywhere, but could get by w/o one there. There is a free boat or shuttle to go to Laughlin. I saw many people get on that boat everyday to go to work. I was just riding it back and forth for fun.
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:04 AM
 
Location: I-35
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H-town or any mid size city in Texas honestly.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I'd look at Dallas. Much cheaper than Austin:Moderator cut: Link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowedBigger too, so you'll have more choices.

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Old 06-23-2017, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I lived in Huntsville for 1.5 years and the rents on apartments were not 'low' in my view. The OP was talking about living on min. wage.

Comparing rents to some other pricier city doesn't mean the rents in Hville are low if you are making min. wage.

Dude, I make barely above minimum wage, and I don't even consider where I live now to be expensive, and its still pricier than Huntsville. You're not gonna find rents lower than 500 for an apartment or studio pretty much anywhere, unless we're talking about splitting rent with roommates.

Also, to OP, more than likely you'll make above minimum wage wherever you live, just saying. Minimum wage is the minimum but most people, even the relatively unskilled, make a bit more than minimum wage anyway.
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Old 06-23-2017, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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God, no. We are having real estate price explosion. There is no way a person can live on minimum wage here.
You are, but still cheaper than a lot of places on the coast. You get a lot for your money in Texas.
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