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Old 12-05-2018, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Do we have a list we can go by?

To make it simple, I'd live along or north of the Ohio River (essentially anywhere), I could do the MO big cities, and even though I haven't been to them, I could probably handle places like Omaha, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities too. Wichita is a pretty solid no for me though.
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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next 2 yrs only?? hmm with low COL, maybe Little Rock
lower COL for the duration?? maybe central FL or coastal SC
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:59 PM
 
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Self-explanatory title but lets break this into two categories:

1) Lowest COL where you would be willing to live for the next 2 years.
2) Lowest COL where you would be willing to live for the rest of your life.

You can give specific neighborhoods if you'd like, or multiple answers if it's hard to discern which is the "lowest" COL.

I think my answers would be --

1) Cleveland
2) Philadelphia
1.Lubbock for 2 years
2. Abilene or Waco or Angelo or Midland for rest of life.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Probably somewhere like Indianapolis, Kansas City, Charlotte, or Columbus.

Lived in Oklahoma City for the past 7 years and will be here for the foreseeable future. This place is just too small, landlocked, and right-wing politically for my tastes.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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1. and 2. - Watertown, Syracuse, or Rochester, NY
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Miami for both
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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2 years: Cleveland, Philly

Rest of my life - Orlando, Tampa, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Just for the sake of explanation, I created the two categories because the list of places I would be willing to live for the next two years is much larger than the list for the rest of my life. The latter one is maybe 8 or 9 max, while the former is probably 30 or so. Anyway, it seems like most answers are midwest, south or rust belt, which makes sense obviously.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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1.Lubbock for 2 years
2. Abilene or Waco or Angelo or Midland for rest of life.
Midland's COL is out the roof right now due to the oil boom. It's not even comparable to Waco though I'm not familiar with the other metros you listed. But there is no way on God's green earth that I'd move to Midland considering what you get (or rather, DON'T get) for your money there right now.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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Rural does not necessarily mean low COL. In many cases, rural areas and small towns may only have one provider of something, driving costs up.
For example, garbage pickup. That can get really expensive out in the sticks.

Lots of mentions of Cleveland. It's a good value if you can deal with winter and lake effect snow. The city's in the process of reinventing itself and crawling out of the rust-belt hole. The economy in Columbus is still healthier, but Cbus is also getting quite expensive for Ohio standards.
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