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Old 03-20-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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Then you get something like the BizJournals list where cheap is all relative.
Little Rock made the list, but a lot of it's "affordability" is due to large, very bad neighborhoods that make up roughly 1/3 of the city.
The better neighborhoods aren't outrageously priced, but lower paying jobs in certain sectors can cause them to be unattainable for many people. Lower income people often choose to live far away from the city for safety reasons... which of course, adds to sprawl.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Lubbock Texas was ranked the 9th most affordable city in the nation.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:29 PM
 
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Lima, Ohio. Say the average cost of living is 100 units in each category (housing, food, transportation, etc.). Lima, OH would have a 33 for housing.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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St Cloud, MN, Eau Claire, WI are the best place to live to raise a family.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Anything between Peoria, Illinois and Moline, Illinois has really cheap housing available. Mostly older homes but many still in reasonably good condition.
Very true, especially in my hometown of Galesburg prices average $69,000 which is fractional compared to many of the places people actually want to live. I live in Peoria for school and its really its not much worse either so yes much of the I-74 corridor in Illinois is cheap.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:52 AM
 
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There are two major factors to consider in this: average pay, and unemployment rate. A lot of the towns on the list have most people earning decent salaries, but good luck finding a job yourself. Especially in times like these. If you do find work in such a town, though, you really lucked out, more than the people who get low-paying jobs in whatever the latest "hot spot" is (Texas, North Carolina...) and who can't afford nearly as much house.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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There are two major factors to consider in this: average pay, and unemployment rate. A lot of the towns on the list have most people earning decent salaries, but good luck finding a job yourself. Especially in times like these. If you do find work in such a town, though, you really lucked out, more than the people who get low-paying jobs in whatever the latest "hot spot" is (Texas, North Carolina...) and who can't afford nearly as much house.
It depends on what you can do for work as well. Syracuse's unemployment rate is below the national average and certain sectors are doing fine. New York's Creative Core

Central New York Jobs
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Miami
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San Antonio
Houston
Columbus, OH
Indianapolis
The Dakotas are cheap and have jobs if you can take the cold...
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:16 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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http://www.city-data.com/top5.html
http://www.city-data.com/top39.html
http://www.city-data.com/top73.html

Possibly relevant. Abilene, Texas looks pretty cheap going by it and Kiplinger.

Kiplinger.com

US News places Niagara Falls as the cheapest housing market. Some places in the Atlanta-metro, Detroit itself, and Sioux City, Iowa are also listed as cheap by them. This is from a week or two ago it seems.

http://money.usnews.com/money/person...ousing-markets

If I'm reading this right Oklahoma and Tennessee have the lowest cost-of-living.

http://www.top50states.com/cost-of-living-by-state.html

I would personally think Mississippi is cheap as it's fairly poor.

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Old 06-25-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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Omaha is among the very lowest for housing costs.
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