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Old 08-13-2017, 02:47 PM
 
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My family is looking for a smaller city or town in the Midwest, so we can be close to family. I don't know if this place exists ... We want somewhere outdoorsy (we love to hike and camp-not hunting) with a vibrant feel to it. We like good coffee and natural/ organic living. So a natural foods store would be ideal. And we want a pretty low cost of living. A need for carpenter would be good.

Some places we've thought of are Decorah Ia & viroqua wi. Marquette mi is lovely but rents are kinda high. Looking for other suggestions as well!
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:57 PM
 
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What is considered to be a low cost of living to you? Perhaps a place like Mount Pleasant MI may work.
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:05 PM
 
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Without knowing budget I would recommend Bloomington IN. It's a college town (Indiana University) and is well known for it's natural/organic living and as an outdoor recreation town with cycling and water sports on Monroe Lake plus hiking/camping in Hoosier National Forest.
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:53 AM
 
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Bloomington is a good one. I think that the elites in this category would have to be Duluth, MN and Rapid City, SD. I don't know how close those are to family, but they can stand up to any city not just in the Midwest, but in the country on natural beauty. Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL could work as well, as could Madison (though I don't know if Madison is too big for what you are looking for).
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:55 PM
 
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Without knowing budget I would recommend Bloomington IN. It's a college town (Indiana University) and is well known for it's natural/organic living and as an outdoor recreation town with cycling and water sports on Monroe Lake plus hiking/camping in Hoosier National Forest.
I too would recommend not only Bloomington, But Southern Indiana in general. Very good COL, a lot of good outdoorsy spots, and plenty to do overall, especially being close to Louisville Metro
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Aside from some previous suggestions (Duluth, Galena, Dubuque, Bloomington), I'd also toss in La Crosse.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You really couldn't go wrong with anyone on the coast of Lake Michigan. Really anything from Holland north would be great.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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It's not generally seen as a "cool" place, but Bay City, Michigan is very close to some fantastic outdoors, has a vibrantly hip and surprisingly underrated downtown, and is incredibly inexpensive (like nice $50,000 homes). Plus you're two hours north of a huge metro (Detroit) and only two hours south of the Bridge to the UP. Midland would also be a good option, though it's a little more sterile, and a little more expensive. Due to aging housing stock, either would greatly benefit from skilled trades-work such as carpentry.

Another good option, a bit smaller and a bit more rural with a less vibrant downtown, but with better outdoors, would be Grayling, MI.

Seriously though, look at Bay City. I was there for my first time last weekend, and it's incredibly underrated.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Iowa City
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I'll second La Crosse.
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