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Old 04-14-2017, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Minneapolis is totally walkable. I can see how it might not seem that way if you already had to drive to get here first, but still.
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Old 04-14-2017, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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1. Came from Columbus, OH. Grew up in Canton. This metropolitan area is much larger than both. Don't really like it, too many people.
2. Live in Hopkins currently. First lived in Richfield, Robbinsdale, and downtown Minneapolis.
3. Homeowner. I own a townhome. I'm comfortable. Close to my full time job.
4. Location is convenient for shopping. When I first moved to Hopkins I had no vehicle. I would catch bus to Knollwood for groceries and Uber home. In winter would walk to Driscoll's. Now with two vehicles, I can go to any store I want.
5. Public transportation here is great I have to admit. Much better and cheaper than Central Oh. However traffic in Central OH isn't that bad as compared to here.
6. Overall no. I became homeless for 23 months. Don't plan on staying. Leaving July 2019. You live and learn. Technically I'll be here 7 years at that point. That's long term. I lived in Columbus for 10 years.
7. I don't get out much now. I went to meet ups, nightclub, bars when I moved here. But it just didn't click. I went to club in Cottage Grove with co-workers, a random dude in bar yells "it's a black girl" and starts coming at me. I left, not a drinker anyway. I just work seven days a week. Goals. Cost of living is higher here. I don't see me building wealth here with all the taxes here. I had a two bedroom apartment in Columbus for $525 when moved here I paid close to $900 for similar quality. Rents kept going up, crazy neighbors too. Maybe it was blessing in disguise I became homeless, I was able to save down payment at least. When I decide to have a day off. Typically weekend day. I'll go thrifting (I know that's not a word), to movies. Sometimes a concert. Went to Beyonce last year, it was very fun, Casino and BINGO (Mom moved in with me last year, she really likes it).
8. I became a homeowner here and learned some very important life lessons. Lost weight.
9. I hated becoming homeless. Really felt like a failure. I hate running into homeless people I knew when I was in that situation. What's the chances a homeless person is at both of my jobs? I got hit by car and the driver didn't stop. That sucked but I'm I didn't die or seriously maimed. Not dating, being single. No friends in my cohort that I made here. But that's fine since I decided I'm leaving. No reason to come back.

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Old 04-15-2017, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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On that renters credit. The most I received was 80 bucks. I make over $50k, if I paid more in rent I would have received more. It's a bell curve. So if you make a good income, you're expected to pay more in rent to get a higher refund. I was excited too at first. The rents stay high IMO because of it. I only got back $180 for property refund this year too. It's not worth it.
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Old 04-15-2017, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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On that renters credit. The most I received was 80 bucks. I make over $50k, if I paid more in rent I would have received more. It's a bell curve. So if you make a good income, you're expected to pay more in rent to get a higher refund. I was excited too at first. The rents stay high IMO because of it. I only got back $180 for property refund this year too. It's not worth it.
Having lived in Columbus for 5 years and Cleveland for 5 years, in my experience the one and only thing that was truly cheaper compared to MSP was housing. I actually found taxes/tolls to be as high or higher in OH, and I don't feel those taxes get you as much. Wages are markedly higher here as well, so I find my dollar stretches farther here.

It seems like OH transplants don't adjust well to MN for whatever reason. Most Ohioans I hear about end up transplanting to the Carolinas.
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Old 04-15-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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On that renters credit. The most I received was 80 bucks. I make over $50k, if I paid more in rent I would have received more. It's a bell curve. So if you make a good income, you're expected to pay more in rent to get a higher refund. I was excited too at first. The rents stay high IMO because of it. I only got back $180 for property refund this year too. It's not worth it.
The renters credit is 17% of your total rent for the year and you make under 58k. So, if you received $80 back, you only paid $470 for the year? Now, if you were receiving some form of government assistance like Section 8 or something else, that would make sense. Otherwise, your rent was insanely low. That comes out to be around $40 a month. Another possibility is an error by the landlord figuring out the tax. I find this unlikely because the math has to work out on tax form.

That is some sweet rent if you somehow paid only $40 a month.
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Old 04-15-2017, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The renters credit is 17% of your total rent for the year and you make under 58k. So, if you received $80 back, you only paid $470 for the year? Now, if you were receiving some form of government assistance like Section 8 or something else, that would make sense. Otherwise, your rent was insanely low. That comes out to be around $40 a month. Another possibility is an error by the landlord figuring out the tax. I find this unlikely because the math has to work out on tax form.

That is some sweet rent if you somehow paid only $40 a month.
Yeah, I got back like $1500 from just that this year. I figured either that poster was exaggerating for effect, or there was a math problem in there somewhere.
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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I just wanted to say that it's interesting that you think MSP isn't good for singles or that it's not walkable. Minneapolis being good for singles as well as being walkable is what actually draws a lot of people there. However maybe you are a bit biased being from NYC and also living in the suburbs/being settled down.
I'm sorry, but I don't understand this response. I live in NYC, not in a suburb. I haven't heard anything about whether M-SP is good for single folk or not.

I do appreciate all the answers posted so far! This is juicy reading!
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I'm sorry, but I don't understand this response. I live in NYC, not in a suburb. I haven't heard anything about whether M-SP is good for single folk or not.

I do appreciate all the answers posted so far! This is juicy reading!
This person was responding to another commenter who is from NYC and had commented on walkability.
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:51 PM
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I'm sorry, but I don't understand this response. I live in NYC, not in a suburb. I haven't heard anything about whether M-SP is good for single folk or not.

I do appreciate all the answers posted so far! This is juicy reading!
I was responding to the poster I quoted, not you.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: JobHuntingHacker.com
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Another thing I noticed is that people who tend to have a negative outlook on life pretty much hate it here. It's too cold, taxes are too high, then it's too hot, it's too remote, yada yada yada. People who tend to have a positive outlook on life absolutely love it here and find the positives in living in a totally beautiful city, close to nature, lakes and easy living and appreciate the progressiveness of the city and the metro area. On the other hand, if you lean right, there are plenty of places for you to fit in (heck, this is the only state where you can go and actually drive a tank), you can shoot guns, own horses and live in the country and paint "Go Trump"'on your barn if you wanted to (but please don't do that).
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