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Old 04-11-2012, 12:18 AM
 
Location: IL
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With the economy (hopefully) getting better, I am thinking it's time to move to an area with more opportunity and natural beauty...Having lived in both Denver & Madison at various times in my life, it looks like Minneapolis could be next on the horizon. If anyone could help answer a few ??? please;
How is the manufacturing/warehousing job market in the TC's?
Is there a decent area that I could rent a 1 or 2 bdrm place for $500 or so? If not, what about outside the cities?
Is the area dog friendly, and are ticks bad up there?
Thanks!
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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I believe the Twin Cities is top 10 in the manufacturing industry, nation-wide. I was surprised to see that myself, but nonetheless.....Most of those types of jobs would be in the outlying suburbs, like Rogers, Shakopee, Burnsville (Cargill), and places with warehouse and distribution. Those places also are going to be the places with the cheapest rents, and I don't think that $500 is out of the question (although still probably a bit rare). The Twin Cities is essentially the same cost of living as Madison or Denver, so if you could afford those places, you could afford to live here.

As for ticks and dogs I have no clue....sorry!

Good luck!!
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I would say that the Twin Cities are pretty dog friendly. And there certainly are some ticks in the metro but I haven't noticed them as much here as I do farther north.

And I agree with West about the locations of the manufacturing /warehousing jobs being towards the outer rings of the metro.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: IL
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Thanks for the advice....much appreciated! Any sugestions on good places to live? I am a swm, early 40's, more urban than rural, but into doing biking, hiking, fishing, etc along with going to see bands at clubs, record stores, etc....
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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I agree with everything the other posters have said except the affordability (at least to what it appears you want). To find a place at $500, you will have one of these aspects about the place: 1) you will be sharing a place as a roommate, 2) studio apartment only, or 3) for larger space you give up what many would call a decent area. Additionally, while Minneapolis is generally dog-friendly, the apartments will likely not allows dogs.

I did a quick search on padmapper.com and found one apartment that did not fall under the above three aspects. As I did a Google search on the phone number, I believe padmapper was misplacing the place. It found the search term "Waite Park". While there is a Waite Park neighborhood in NE Minneapolis, there is also a City of Waite Park outside of St. Cloud, MN (about 75 miles from Minneapolis). The phone number Google search found a number of ads for the City of Waite Park, not NE Minneapolis.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:12 PM
 
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I agree with GBC...your chances of finding any half-decent place for $500 for anything other than a studio are gonna be tough. I know in the actual city, you'll probably find a one bedroom ranges from roughly $600-800. Of course, there are cheaper and more expensive options, but I almost always see prices there. I'd err on the more expensive side of that average. Studios can sometimes be found for $500, but most of the time for prices under that I see rooms for rent. Typically studios range from somewhere in the 500s and go up to the high 600s.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: IL
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Thanks....I'll have to do what it takes to get a decent place....but your advice helps...when I've looked on craigslist rents are anywhere from 300 (suspicious, I know) on up to 800, and of course more. I have been renting where I'm at for almost 4 years, so I was a bit ignorant on what rents run....
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Thanks....I'll have to do what it takes to get a decent place....but your advice helps...when I've looked on craigslist rents are anywhere from 300 (suspicious, I know) on up to 800, and of course more. I have been renting where I'm at for almost 4 years, so I was a bit ignorant on what rents run....
Well how did you pull it off in Madison and Denver? I know those cities aren't cheap either!
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: IL
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Well how did you pull it off in Madison and Denver? I know those cities aren't cheap either!
In Denver I was younger (mid 80's) & had roommates....I remember a nice duplex we rented on Federal and 44th, 3 bedroom w/ basment & garage for $450/mo!!!!
Madison took a couple stumbles...lovely nieghbors on crack...being kept out of the apt complex cos of shots fired (the fabulous Mistwood Apts.)...finally a great place to work and meeting a super nice landlord and I got on my feet.
Moved from Madison when the economy took a dump and the flooring distributor that I was working for had to close up......loved that business, however....
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