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Old 02-24-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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Hello everybody, I have a pretty odd set of features I'm looking to find in the city I move to:

1. MLB team locally (within 10-20 miles)
2. VERY inexpensive (rent, utilites, etc.)
3. Good public transportation.

I don't care about culture, music, education, etc.

I'm a 25 yr old male, and nutty about major league baseball. I also stay home a lot during my free time -- i play video games, use the internet, etc. and don't want to the stress/pressure of high rent, bills, car expenses, etc.

Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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St.Louis- Might be the best baseball town

Milwaukee- Great baseball town drawing 3M+. Beer and Baseball and festivals what more do you want.

Twin Cities- New baseball stadium on the way and always a competitive team.

Kansas City- Great city but a poor baseball team.

Pittsburgh- Great architecture, great stadium but poor team.

Cleveland- Nice town, decent baseball team but their future doesn't look the best.

Cincy- Cheap and you can always find a seat at Great American Ballpark b/c no one goes to the games but it is a nice stadium.

I recommend St.Louis, Milwaukee or the Twin Cities in that order.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Thanks! Which one of the three do you think comes packaged with the lowest cost of living?
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Dixie's Sunny Shore
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Cost of living shows Kansas City, Cleveland, Cincinnati and St Louis are all pretty close. I agree with MC as STL being my top choice among those cities for your list of criteria.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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Cool...thanks for the feedback. What do you think about Detroit?
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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St. Louis has very low cost of living, as well as the fact that baseball is like a religion there. The Blues are also very popular. The Rams had decent attendance last year considering. The Cardinals are expected to be successful for years to come, though.

The public transportation is pretty good, but mostly in the city I think. If you get out to the Missouri suburbs, there isn't much in the way of public transportation (St. Louis County has voted it down a few times I think). But St. Louis Metro Link and the bus system covers much of the city I think. If you're going to travel much outside of the city, you'll need a car. The city (62 sq. mi.) is pretty small. The city is only about 15% (365k) of the Metro population of 2.8 million.

Here's a thread about the best baseball towns.
//www.city-data.com/forum/baseb...all-towns.html
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Dixie's Sunny Shore
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Cool...thanks for the feedback. What do you think about Detroit?
Not much. Low cost of living, yes. Other than that, very little going for this city these days. I'd pick Cleveland much sooner than Detroit. Plus, I love the Indians. Stick with STL.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Saint Louis is cheap, sport town with probably the most rabid baseball fans in the league.

You will have to live at least within the inner ring suburbs to take advantage of the transit system
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Galewood
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St. Louis or Milwaukee
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Given the OP's desire for good public transportation, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Chicago. Reasonable rents can be found there, and Chicago has one of the better public transport networks in the country. Good baseball? Now that's another story, except maybe on the south side.
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