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Old 02-08-2007, 01:35 PM
 
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Does this utopia exist? Is there somewhere with a low cost of housing and low cost of living that actually has good paying jobs?
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Try Texas or the Midwest. I'd recommend Dallas and Houston along with Minneapolis, MN and Omaha, NE.

There are some great gems, it just takes some looking.
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Old 02-08-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: PA
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That combination seems kind of hard to find IMO. Good wages would mean houses cost more, and vice versa. Maybe you'd get lucky and find some exceptions.
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I think you have to look specifically at what line of work you are in. Probably there is no place with a low cost of living/housing and high paying jobs for all professions, but there are places with low cost of living/housing that pay well for certain professions.
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Take a look at City-Data's lists. There is a list of low house value as compared to income here http://www.city-data.com/top5.html
Good luck on your search. Yes texas has a lot of places listed.
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:30 PM
 
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Does this utopia exist? Is there somewhere with a low cost of housing and low cost of living that actually has good paying jobs?
Lemme guess, you're looking for a charming town, where recent HS grads make 50K in entry level jobs, 3/2 brick Colonials on quiet shaded streets sell for less than 100K, with low crime, great schools, and mild winters. You'd like cultural ammenities, libraries and parks, but low taxes.

Uhm. Sorry wrong planet.

Sorry to pick on you, tewhann, but questions such as yours are posted at least once per week here on city-data.

I think, if you want real, and meaningful, help, you need to give the kind folks here a bit more information:

What, exactly, is your field? What are your skills/education? As christina0001 mentioned, some fields are in more demand in certain areas than in others.

What, to you, is "affordable"? A first time homebuyer with less than 20K in the bank is obviously looking in a different ballpark than, say, a middle-aged couple with serious equity in an 800K home.

Do you have children? Hobbies/sports that require a certain location? Health issues? All of these "quality of life" components can make a place heaven...or hell.

Help us help YOU.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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Try Texas or the Midwest. I'd recommend Dallas and Houston along with Minneapolis, MN and Omaha, NE.

There are some great gems, it just takes some looking.
These seem like they would be good suggestions. You will notice though that you won't get those without giving up something else. In this case it's weather. You can either freeze or burn. And maybe be bored, although as they say, if you are bored you are boring.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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These seem like they would be good suggestions. You will notice though that you won't get those without giving up something else. In this case it's weather. You can either freeze or burn. And maybe be bored, although as they say, if you are bored you are boring.
I think anyplace in the US is a tradeoff. If there was a completely perfect place to live, everyone would be there and a normal home would probably runs millions of dollars.

I doubt you'll be bored in any of those cities. Even Omaha has some great districts (check out Old Town) and has various things to do/see etc.

Houston and Dallas will likely have the best wages out of the bunch. Yes, you do have heat (and humidity in Houston) but the tradeoff is being in a vibrant city.
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:21 PM
 
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Default Yeah, it does exist

But you did neglect to say for what occupation???

Flipping burgers will be about the same money any place.

In SE Ohio if you are a skilled oil field worker, heavy equipment mechanic, qualified welder, etc probably will make good money.

Same if you can put together some type of business in demand. Doctor, dentist, Indian Chief, baker, candlestick maker, computer Guru would probably do Ok if they have a good business head.

Lot of people that live in that area are in the forestry line of work, lots of truck drivers call it home. Some types of farming can yield a good income, as can owning the right land with its timber, minerals, oil / gas, etc. Seven figure incomes are not unheard of for the right situations.

As mentioned any area is a system of tradeoffs. The trick might be to avoid the huge negatives. SE Ohio will give an overall good quality of life, good four seasons weather, good location to get anywhere else. Some of the cheaper real estate around.

So if you are looking for the Paradise where money grows on trees and you don't need a ladder to pick it, might be a challenge even in the best of places if that is your only skill. Other than that many places in Ohio still might qualify, a lot of it is going to depend what you can bring to the table.

The dazes of super good paying jobs in factories for putting Part A on Part B are probably gone in many parts of Ohio. Same with depending on Unions for high wages. You actually have to know something or be able to do something to earn the money today. Showing up and punching a time clock probably ain't going to do it any more.

That combination of giving value for your efforts might still work in most places if you put the nose to the grindstone.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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it depends on what you consider affordable. Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta have many high paying jobs and housing isnt too bad
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