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Old 11-11-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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Forget about San Francicsco, I can't afford that crowded city. I am looking at Raleigh, NC, and Seattle, WA. I heard Seattle WA is also pretty expensive in terms of cost of live, housing particular. Is there any other choices? We are a single family with 2 kids living in Midwest right now.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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There are alternatives in the NW. Seattle, especially in the city, the real estate is expensive. As you migrate out of the city, there are more affordable options. Depending upon your work situation, that might work. Lots of NW communities have access to great seafood.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Raleigh's COL is right in line with the national average. Raleigh's State Farmers Market has a tremendous Seafood Market with fresh catches brought in daily. The farther east you go in NC, the closer to the coast (and thus seafood) you are and the lower the COL. That applies up to the sounds and barrier islands where the COL is extremely high. So, Greenville might be cheaper than Raleigh and is closer to the water, but it is more of a large town than a city. Wilmington, a small city, is as or more expensive than Raleigh due to its location on the River & across the ICW from the beach. Morehead City/Beaufort tend to have a lot of fishing and probably the best seafood due to easy access to the gulf stream and are relatively affordable...but they're small towns.

All that said, for fresh seafood the Pacific coast, and specifically Seattle and its markets, are tough to beat.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:04 AM
 
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How about Portland, Maine?

It's a beautiful city with good economic prospects, statewide one of the best school systems in the US, and a reasonable cost of living.

Portland, Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Portland, Maine--America's Foodiest Small Town 2009: The Bon Appetit Foodist: Blogs & Forums : bonappetit.com
America's Most Livable Cities - Forbes.com

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Old 11-12-2009, 06:11 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Don't forget about the third coast! Houston or most anywhere along the Gulf Coast could work.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:33 AM
 
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affordable city with abundant seafood?

thunderbolt, ga
bayou la batre, al
beaufort, sc
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Central, IL
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Pensacola FL
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: a bar
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New Bedford, MA.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I hesitate to recommend Providence, RI because of the economy there and I've heard the schools aren't up to par, but it's not that far from Boston and has some nice suburbs.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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Annapolis, MD
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