Locations in the U.S. That Are Affordable to Live in?

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#1 Edited by BluRayHiDef (10839 posts) -

I currently live in New York City, where the price of living, in addition to everything else is very expensive. What are some alternate locations where someone with only some college education can make a decent living and have an affordable place to live?

#2 Edited by Aljosa23 (25130 posts) -

Oregon or Washington seems nice. Maybe North Dakota?

#3 Edited by Ackad (3183 posts) -

Definitely not in Chicago because taxes are stupendously high and same could be said about the unemployment rate. Taxes and the standard of living in Denver, Colorado, and the western states (Except California) are pretty great.

#4 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10839 posts) -

Is Colorado safe for a Black man?

#5 Edited by Master_Live (14845 posts) -

@BluRayHiDef said:

Is Colorado safe for a Black man?

Define safe.

#6 Edited by 4myAmuzumament (1750 posts) -

Texas. You can find apartments with rates as low as $325 with all utilities paid for including internet and tv, washer-dryer set, and mostly furnished. Houses are also much cheaper here too.

#7 Posted by ferrari2001 (17003 posts) -

Wichita Kansas is pretty dirt cheap to live. I'm currently renting a house with some guys. I pay $150 a month for rent + utilities. Plus it's close enough to Texas that fuel is cheaper and the food prices are lower than the national average.

#8 Edited by airshocker (29910 posts) -

North Dakota, for sure.

With the oil boom out there most jobs are paying extremely well to try and entice people not to work in the oil fields.

#9 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10839 posts) -

I'm utterly sick and tired of my current situation. I live with people who resent me because I make the most money, despite the fact that I pay the most to stay here and that one of the tenants is unemployed and has no prospects of getting a job due to not having a high school education. There's also the fact that I hate my job and don't get paid much, and that I get stereotyped all fucking day long. I don't even know why I haven't killed myself yet. I rarely have time to myself because most of my time is spent working and commuting to and from work. I'm nothing more than a low level corporate slave. Fuck this shit.

#10 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10839 posts) -

@Master_Live

Safe as in not in danger of being attacked by hate groups? Also, can a Black man walk through Colorado without being stereotyped?

#11 Posted by Ackad (3183 posts) -

@BluRayHiDef said:

Is Colorado safe for a Black man?

Well..it's not Florida.

#12 Edited by themajormayor (25854 posts) -

Well, regardless of where you live in the USA you have to pay with your soul.

#13 Posted by Dogswithguns (10785 posts) -

Not in Illinois that's for sure, tax are high, rents are high, and unemplmt high, residents moving out of this areas are high too.. I live here and I'm planning on moving to Texas.

#15 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

Northwestern Ohio is pretty cheap. You can get a studio apartment for less than $400 a month in a decent area.

#16 Edited by bforrester420 (1662 posts) -

Most of the center of the nation is about the same. The the major coastal cities...NY, Boston, Philly, D.C., Seattle, L.A., San Francisco...will be much more expensive that the rest of the nation. The South East is usually the cheapest.

Use a cost of living calculator to compare.

http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

#17 Edited by plageus900 (1082 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

Oregon or Washington seems nice. Maybe North Dakota?

I live in Washington. While I love it here, its definitely not cheap.

The cost of living in states like Arizona and New Mexico is very low. But I wouldn't recommend living there. :D

#18 Edited by -Renegade (8340 posts) -

move down south. i stay in columbia sc. cost of living is cheaper then the bigger cities down here but finding a job that pays decent money.... now thats another story. plenty of minimal wageish jobs.

#19 Edited by thebest31406 (3440 posts) -

@BluRayHiDef said:

@Master_Live

Safe as in not in danger of being attacked by hate groups? Also, can a Black man walk through Colorado without being stereotyped?

Can't be any worse than NYC,,,or maybe it is, who knows.

#20 Posted by gamerguru100 (10647 posts) -

@BluRayHiDef said:

@Master_Live

Safe as in not in danger of being attacked by hate groups? Also, can a Black man walk through Colorado without being stereotyped?

People are gonna stereotype you anywhere you go. People are dicks like that.

#21 Posted by Jacobistheman (3975 posts) -

@BluRayHiDef said:

I currently live in New York City, where the price of living, in addition to everything else is very expensive. What are some alternate locations where someone with only some college education can make a decent living and have an affordable place to live?

This list compares cost of living vs average wage. Avoid San Jose/Silicon Valley if you aren't in the tech industry because it will be almost as expensive as new york and your wages won't be that high.

http://www.newgeography.com/content/002950-the-cities-where-a-paycheck-stretches-the-furthest

#22 Edited by byof_america (1387 posts) -

Well, Vegas was hit hard by the housing market downturn so houses are still pretty cheap. Don't know what kind of work you do, but I personally don't know anyone that was unemployed for more than a few months.

Best part of Vegas is that it's a desert, which I love. You can be in the mountains in a half hour, or the lake in 30 to 45 min. There's a place called Red Rock Canyon with beautiful hikes. If you're a party guy or want to reinvent yourself as a party guy, we party harty all the time. The best cities are only a few short hours away and several national parks are pretty close as well.

Vegas BABY! Come join the Rebellion!

This is Red Rock Canyon:

Aren't they nice looking:)

The Rebellion (ft. Flava Flave):

As you can see, we welcome black people into our University and into the Rebellion. (Unlike STDSU)

A homeless camp in Vegas (Proof of housing market crash)

I'm call that one Jerry, cause he just looks like a Jerry.

#23 Posted by byof_america (1387 posts) -

I'd just like to add: Fvck gamespot for not letting us preview the dam posts and not being able to edit correctly. Herp Derp, its being worked on, amiright...

#24 Edited by whipassmt (14035 posts) -

I think Texas and Florida both have no state income tax, and I've heard that in Texas you only have to pay $50 for each car as far as property taxes on cars go. Also I think in Alaska there is no state income tax and the state even pays people to move in and own property.

#25 Edited by LJS9502_basic (151458 posts) -

@Ackad said:

Definitely not in Chicago because taxes are stupendously high and same could be said about the unemployment rate. Taxes and the standard of living in Denver, Colorado, and the western states (Except California) are pretty great.

Colorado is a relatively high cost of living actually....