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Old 10-24-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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Would Altoona or Erie be the better location for someone on a fixed income of 1300 a month, who uses public transportation (or walks/bicycle). No real bills other than health insurance of about 175 a month. Pretty simple needs a studio or one bedroom apartment will work. Any thoughts out there?
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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I have been to both cities. I think they would both work. Both have walkable downtowns and residential districts near them. However, both are heavily suburbanized, so you might need to find a way into the suburbs for work. I'm not sure which city has better public transportation.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:18 PM
 
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thanks for the response! One of the main question is if work is really difficult to find or seasonal, is $1300 a month enough to live on in either city or both given a reasonably modest lifestyle?
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Kittanning
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Yeah, I would say both cities would be affordable if you live modestly and rent a studio. You could probably find an apartment in the 400 range. I would look for something in downtown Erie. There is quite a bit you could walk to and do in that area, and Erie is extremely affordable compared to most any other city. Plus, you have Presque Isle. Altoona has a lot of character and some beautiful old buildings and mountains, but not much else.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Western PA
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I'm only familiar with Erie. I think you could live on that amount if you're careful. They have a bus system, but I don't think it runs on Sundays. If you live near the center of town you'll have access to all the buses that go east, west and south. It's been 30 years since I've lived there, but I think you'll be able to find a small apartment in your price range, nothing fancy.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: The Flagship City
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To the OP:

I can't speak much for Altoona, but Erie has a pretty good public transportation system that will take you to most key locations (i.e. the mall, other shopping, the airport, hospitals, Presque Isle, Dobbins Landing, etc.) and is a fairly cheap place to live. For the type of apartment you are looking for, it should cost you between $400-$700 in a really nice area. I have heard that Lovell Place is pretty nice and it looks like apartments here are about $560 per month for a one bedroom. Lovell Place : Residential Space

I have also heard good things about these apartments, but they are a little further out: Location

Employment in Erie is not impossible to find, but it is more of a challenge than a place like Pittsburgh.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:26 PM
 
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Another bonus for Erie is it's relatively flat so it will be easier for riding a bicycle.

You can easily find an apartment for under $400/month.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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Yeah I think Altoona and Erie are both fine. I'm biased toward Erie since I'm from Erie county, but I visit friends in Altoona and it is a nice place too.

In case it matters, Erie is about twice as big as Altoona. Also I am partial to Erie because of Lake Erie and Presque Isle. I think Erie has a somewhat more "city" feel to it than Altoona. Altoona seems a bit more suburban and laid-back.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Destination: Youngstown (soon)
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Erie, hands down.

People are friendlier, there's (a few) more jobs here, and in addition to Presque Isle, downtown Erie, and the Bayfront, you're within 120 miles of several major cities (Cleveland/Akron-Canton/Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Buffalo/Niagara Falls) and their amenities.

Both cities are very affordable, but in Erie you get more bang for your buck. I lived in Altoona for 5 years and am from the Erie area and live here now, and while I had a great time in 'Toona and made lots of great friends, I would much rather live here than in Altoona again. But that's just my opinion.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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This link is for info on the bus system:

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