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Old 01-25-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: New York State
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Hi there, I'm a female, 23 years old and single. I live in New York State but have wanted to move to California for years now. Besides a cousin that lives in Fremont, I don't have any attachments and really would be willing to live anywhere.

There are definitely some things I look for in towns. I'm a small town girl and love small, mountain towns rather than big, bustling cities... on the other hand, I can't drive and that has forced me to have to stay in larger towns where I can get to everything (doesn't have to be too big, right now I live in a town of 20,000 and can get to everything I need). Also I'm out of college but not making much money yet, just over minimum wage. So wherever I move, the rents would have to be affordable.

If anybody has any thoughts or recommendations on some nice towns to check into, that would be appreciated greatly
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Newark, Ca
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Define cheap. "Cheap" usually means crappy in CA. "More affordable" usually means ok, but not great. I pay $2050/month for a four bedroom house in a nice but modest neighborhood here in the Bay Area and I consider that to be cheap by Bay Area standards. If you're not from CA, your idea of cheap is probably vastly different from mine.

CA is a huge, huge state so you have to be give more info as to what exactly you're looking for.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: New York State
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"Cheap" = if you make minimum wage, you could afford to live there.

I'm from NY so I don't think it's "vastly" different, NY rents are extremely expensive, in case you have not heard. I live in a small town and pay $600 a month to rent out a room, not including utilities. I don't know what California towns might have comparable rates.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Newark, Ca
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I know New York City rents are expensive...most of the rest of the state though is probably nothing compared to many CA locations.

$600 will pretty much get you a cardboard box in most CA locations. The places in CA where you could find a place for that price are undesirable places to live. If you're willing to live with a roommate, you could probably afford to live in a nicer area.

It's very hard to live on your own in CA making minimum wage most parts of the state.

It's still almost impossible to give any recommendations without knowing what else you're looking for.

Once again, CA is a HUGE and diverse state that varies greatly from region to region. It's pretty much a country unto itself.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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Hah. Good luck.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Your cousin should know you well enough to make some good recommendations for you. Is it possible that you could visit her and look at several places of interest?
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:37 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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You can live with roommates in Berkeley or Oakland for like $500 to $700, your room will be small though. The further you get from the coast the cheaper it gets. It really depends on whether you get a decent job or not, $15 an hour is about where you need to be to be comfortable without a car in the Bay Area.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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I guess it's possible to find a studio for $600 in Central Valley (Stockton, Modesto, ...) or maybe in not-so-nice places Sacramento area. Lots of people live there. OP doesn't need a good school anyway.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:46 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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You might want to try Redding, which is a couple hours North of the Bay Area. Arcata or Eureka in Humboldt Co. or somewhere like Ukiah or Cloverdale in Mendocino Co. might be good too. If you want to be in the bay area, there's Antioch in the East Bay and Santa Rosa or Guernville/Russian River in the North Bay.

If you'd rather head south there's Fresno, San Luis Obispo (a little pricier because its costal), Clovis. Bakersfield, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Barstow, Brawley, El Centro... tons of places really. Leave it to the Bay Area snobs to think the whole state pays such foolish prices to live here (I say this as a lifelong resident, but one who still doesn't get it).
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:15 AM
 
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You can't drive but don't like city life? That's trouble in California. Most of California was built recently. There aren't many east-coast / European style small towns that have convenient centers. What kind of work do you do? It might be hard to find a small town with job opportunities you can walk or take public transportation to unless you're doing something widespread like retail.
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