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Old 12-22-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Miami
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By cheap, I mean maybe a studio for under $400. I realize this may not be possible anywhere in the U.S. that is not in a bad neighborhood. I don't want something too rural due to lack of job availability. I do hate hot weather, but I'm flexible. Not a city gal, prefer the country, nature, animals, etc.

Couldn't give a rat's potootie about beaches, culture or nightlife. I am in my 40's, would prefer a place with people my age, if possible.

I am in a bad situation right now and want to leave but not sure I can.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Charleston, West Virginia.

Capital of the State. Not a super good economy but not dead. 50,000 in the city. Surrounded by mountains, river, etc. That rent for a studio is possible there, and while it may not be the BEST neighborhood or be the best of all apartments, you can avoid murder Avenue, too.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:11 AM
 
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Lincoln, Nebraska.

It's Nebraska's state capital and the home of the University of Nebraska. It's a city of around 200,000 with many amenities, low crime, a crazy low unemployment rate (3.8%) and it's VERY affordable (quite a number of one bedroom apartments available at less than $400 a month on Craigslist).

Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau | Home
Lincoln, Nebraska - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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You might also look at Columbia, Missouri

It's a city of 100,000 near the state capital of Jefferson City and also is home of the University of Missouri. It also has a low unemployment rate (6.0%), low crime, nice amenities and decent one bedroom apartments under $400.

Columbia, Missouri - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Lincoln is sounding good - I don't mind the cold - I prefer cold to 11 months of heat like we have here. 3.8 unemployment? That is wonderful. Here in Florida we are at around 14-15%, I think.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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The problem with cheap places is that there are fewer job opportunities there (hence the lack of demand that would create high prices). But I hear Texas is a place where you can have your cake and eat it too if you don't mind the heat.

North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the country and its fairly affordable and plenty of snow and cold weather for ya.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Terrence, I completely agree. As much as I would love to live in some small, rural town, I know that cheap rent won't matter if I can't find a job. I am considering Texas, I don't like hot weather, but I may have to compromise.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Miami
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bump....any other suggestions? Prefer colder weather, but am flexible....
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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Maybe somewhere in Upstate NY, as rents can be pretty cheap. Here are a couple of possibilities: http://www.suttoncos.com/management/search_results.php
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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Lincoln with 260,000 city
Omaha with 462,000 city
and only 23 miles of fields from edge to edge.
Combined metro of 1.2 million and growing above the national rate.

There is a lot to do here. All types of national events, olympic trials, concerts, shows, arts, indie music and film scene, top conventions, sporting events (triple-baseball, UFL football, Indoor football, 2 Division 1 basketball teams, division 1 hockey, Top division 1 football; wrestling; women's volleyball. Top zoo in Henry Doorly and etc. etc. etc.

3rd highest standard of living (disposable income power)in the US (income versus cost of living/taxes).
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:37 PM
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Location: Ohio
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San Antonio, TX or any big city in South Texas.

Rents are low there because wages are low.
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