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Old 11-28-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I don't have any real idea and I'm not well-traveled, but I like looking through statistics.

Madison, Wisconsin? Its cost of living is roughly average, but its crime rate appear to be below average. It's considered one of the most liberal cities in its state. Its current unemployment rate appears to be a bit under 6%, which is good in this economy and it was listed somewhere as recovering well. It might be too cloudy for you though and condo price is maybe quadruple what you want.

Iowa City, Iowa? It's a well-ranked college town anyway and was once deemed the most liberal place in its state. Iowa's economy is fairly stable and the town seems to have a current unemployment rate below 4%. I don't know if it's that cheap though and might be too expensive for all I know.

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Old 11-28-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I think that your "wish list" needs a little adjustment.

A condo, in a mass-transit oriented city, for less than $50,000??
I was thinking "a condo, ANYWHERE, for less than $50,000?
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Missouri is very inexpensive. You may actually like Saint Louis. Check into NewTown, Saint Charles (a new urban development)

Definitely rent before settling. For an east coaster, Missouri is not an easy state to get used to.
Well, I'd vote for Missouri too, but if the OP wants....

*a city without a pervasive "urban/ghetto" culture, he/she can pretty much forget St. Louis and KC.

I was thinking more Columbia or Jefferson City.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I was thinking "a condo, ANYWHERE, for less than $50,000?
I found one: Crystal City, Texas. It's in one of the poorest counties in America and is 95% Hispanic. It is a county that's among the most consistently Democratic in the nation. Median house or condo price is listed as $40,389.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Crystal-City-Texas.html
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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There's a handful of 600-900 sf condos in the 40K-50K range in the Minneapolis suburbs of Plymouth and Hopkins, both suburbs have low crime rates, and the Twin Cities matches the rest of your criteria with our unemployment in the 7% range. Its still hard to find a job, though - the rate is more reflective that we didn't get hit with mass layoffs to the same degree but employers are still sitting on their hands. Additionally, Hopkins is pretty walkable although those condos are probably a couple miles from the most walkable parts. The average cost for an entry level house/condo is in the 110-160K range though so I can't speak to what the local conditions are like in those complexes with them being so cheap.
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:33 AM
 
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Oh geez, who knew this would turn out to be such a troll-fest. Here are just a few cities I've found where condos are available for less than 50K, and had thought someone else might be savvy enough to know of more.

Winston-Salem, NC Real Estate & Winston-Salem Homes for Sale - Zillow
Greensboro, NC Real Estate & Greensboro Homes for Sale - Zillow
Charlotte, NC Real Estate & Charlotte Homes for Sale - Zillow
Knoxville, TN Real Estate & Knoxville Homes for Sale - Zillow
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:38 AM
 
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I found one: Crystal City, Texas. It's in one of the poorest counties in America and is 95% Hispanic. It is a county that's among the most consistently Democratic in the nation. Median house or condo price is listed as $40,389.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Crystal-City-Texas.html

FYI, median home price stats mean squat. Real estate prices are driven by saturation point of housing type, price and demand. Each market is different.
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Old 11-29-2009, 06:20 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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FYI, median home price stats mean squat. Real estate prices are driven by saturation point of housing type, price and demand. Each market is different.
After I posted that I realized it was a tad silly. Probably too late to withdraw, I'll check though.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:18 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Newark, DE

In Delaware there's nothing but booming growth, beaches, and very low property taxes.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Well, I'd vote for Missouri too, but if the OP wants....

*a city without a pervasive "urban/ghetto" culture, he/she can pretty much forget St. Louis and KC.

I was thinking more Columbia or Jefferson City.

20yrsinBranson
The ghetto myth about Saint Louis has to go. If you look at all my posts regarding Saint Louis, you will know that I am not big fan of the area. But thats my personal opinion.

The fact is that the crime rate of Saint Louis is pretty much confined to a few neighborhoods on the northside. The rest of the city and metro area is pretty safe.
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