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Old 12-02-2018, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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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
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:08 PM
 
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I can't think of two especially for #2 but for #1, I've always liked Denver. The jobs seem to pay pretty well, good job market, still access to lots of amenities that are comparable to what you would find in larger cities, educated workforce, etc.
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:18 PM
 
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Does that include transportation? Sometimes, housing cost is offset by the ease of not having a car.

Philly and Chicago are examples of win-win on that one.
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:44 PM
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Apparently, my idea of affordable and low cost is drastically different than others. If I can't get into a good neighborhood for around 150k, preferably less than 100k, then I'm out. A place to sleep a few hours a night really shouldn't the biggest expense in my budget, at least not by the margin by which it is.
Not too happy with how society operates on that one.
Kansas City, I could see for at least a couple of years. Maybe a place in western Michigan. I've seen some places in the southwest that aren't ridiculously priced, but that heat and lack of water is concerning.
Milwaukee, I could settle down more long term in.
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Going by this COL metro data:
https://www.ngpf.org/blog/chart-of-t...our-community/

2 years: not picky, maybe Boise or Cleveland

Rest of my life: I don't feel old enough to settle down, but if I had to pick then I guess Philly or Portland
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Does that include transportation? Sometimes, housing cost is offset by the ease of not having a car.
It includes whatever you want. The question is open to interpretation. But I personally would include that...it's definitely a part of what my overall cost of living would be.

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Apparently, my idea of affordable and low cost is drastically different than others. If I can't get into a good neighborhood for around 150k, preferably less than 100k, then I'm out. A place to sleep a few hours a night really shouldn't the biggest expense in my budget, at least not by the margin by which it is.
Not too happy with how society operates on that one.
Kansas City, I could see for at least a couple of years. Maybe a place in western Michigan. I've seen some places in the southwest that aren't ridiculously priced, but that heat and lack of water is concerning.
Milwaukee, I could settle down more long term in.
It's not so much having a different "idea of affordable and low cost" it's just that many of us have different levels of amenities we are willing to live with. Some folks not only are willing to live with less/cheaper areas, but they even prefer it. You may be one of them. I was considering much lower cost answers for my #1 like Des Moines or Chattanooga but ultimately decided we wouldn't choose to live there if we could help it.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:46 AM
 
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That is the same answer I was thinking of!
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:31 AM
 
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1. Richmond, VA
2. San Diego, CA
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Couple of things to keep in mind here.

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.

Overall, the cost of living where I was in Indianapolis is about the same as it was in my part of Tennessee, but the economy around Indianapolis is much better than where I am.
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:54 PM
 
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Fortunately, I live in a low COL area that my wife and I love and have no intentions of leaving (Charlotte).

Other low COL areas that I think I could live in and be happy would be: Tampa, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, San Antonio.
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