Affordable places to live?

  • kevmoran

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    Dec 22, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    I'm looking a bit down the road, but I want to find an ideal, affordable area to live in. I make food-stamp-worthy income, so unfortunately NYC and SF aren't really in consideration icon_sad.gif But I would love to hear any suggestions, as I've never traveled outside of Cleveland so I trust your judgment! I'm considering international, assuming language isn't a large barrier.

    Nothing is off limits, but I'd prefer somewhere that isn't super hot (even Ohio summers make me melt) and somewhere with a notable gay community.
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:50 AM GMT
    Costa Rica? But would be difficult for an american to work there.
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    Dec 22, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    South of Spain. Nice weather, good food, quite gay friendly.
    Only downside is economy has tanked. If you have some business of your own etc which can give you decent money then its an ideal place to live.
    Hard part is you will have to learn Spanish.
  • Ej101

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    Dec 22, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    Texas is affordable , but summers are hot
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Dec 22, 2012 4:32 PM GMT

    Have you looked at the inter-mountain west? Colorado kind of fits your criteria. I lived in Denver for 2 years and it was very reasonable. Look at Salt Lake too..the economy is solid and despite the stereotype, I find SLCers to be pretty open minded, very friendly and insanely good-looking LOL.
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    Dec 22, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Ej101 saidTexas is affordable , but summers are hot


    Agree. Austin, Houston, San Antonio.... and Dallas(if you can deal with the snobs) offer very affordable living and good job markets.
  • UIUCIllini23

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    Dec 22, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    Chicago is very affordable, has one of the biggest gay communities in the country, and has cold winters and cool spring/fall seasons. Neighborhoods like Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Buena Park, Andersonville, and even Lakeview (which is the gayborhood) have very affordable housing options. You'll easily pay half of what you'd pay in rent in San Francisco or New York. Good luck!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 22, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    Check out Buffalo which is only 4.5 hours away from Cleveland. It is a very beautiful and affordable city with great neighborhoods and friendly people. The gay scene for the most part is fairly decent although it could be much better. Housing costs are for the most part very easy on the pocketbook. Our economy is stable but fairly strong despite the perceptions of high unemployment. Make that easy drive up the I-90 from Cleveland to Buffalo and check it out.
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    Dec 22, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    On food stamp income I would look into sharing an apartment. You can find more options like that in bigger cities. Don't count out NYC just yet although don't expect to live near the center of any action. The advantage of NYC is the large public transportation network.

    I've lived in central Florida and it is cheap. Cities like Phoenix, AZ are also cheap. Remember in the big wide open cities you will need a car to really enjoy everything.
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    Dec 22, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    San Francisco

    You can live with room mates in apartments, splitting rent by 1/2 or 1/3.
    You wont need a car for sure.
    Your income will be slightly higher.


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    Dec 22, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    Notable Gay Community will be in a big city. Big city will be more expensive than a smaller. The South big cities and the Midwest big cities are the cheapest.

    If you hate hot summers, try Minneapolis. Some decent housing around UM as it is a college area.
  • allatonce

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    Dec 22, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    Montreal, Quebec. One of the best cities ever with tons of things to do. Interesting culture and rent is quite cheap compared to a lot of major cities I have seen in North America.
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    Dec 22, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    Flyover country is very affordable. Unfortunately, there is a reason for that.

    Another possibility is looking for a "bedroom community" about an hour from a desirable urban center. The drawback being that the urban amenities are only available as often as you can travel to them. The upside is that your cost of living might be half as much.
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    Dec 22, 2012 7:29 PM GMT
    Philly is great...and is only hours away from NYC, DC, the "shore," the mountains, and has a great gay community.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 22, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    Myol said
    Ej101 saidTexas is affordable , but summers are hot


    Agree. Austin, Houston, San Antonio.... and Dallas(if you can deal with the snobs) offer very affordable living and good job markets.
    Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio are quite affordable. On the other hand, Austin is definitely not affordable. It is one of the most expensive cities in the US and also one of the most unfriendly. If you want affordable and want to live in the lone star state, stay away from Austin. Trust me on this one. I lived in Austin for almost ten years.
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    Dec 22, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    You should consider Montreal, Canada... I know you got to cross the boarders but its named one of the best places to live, great gay community and reasonable expense living. Learning French might be your only challenge but french speaking Americans is hot lol.
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    I would avoid Montreal. The birds have started to take small children there. The gays will be next.

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    Dec 22, 2012 8:08 PM GMT
    Amsterdam XXX
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    Minneapolis
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidNot to move OT but isn't it difficult to move out of country if you don't have a job already secured or some type of work/student visa?


    People over estimate making a move across borders. Lots of Americans do drastic moves to Canada and vise versa, all you need is an action plan and to use your job or career experiences to your advantage. Its obvious that you need to go through customs and provide reasons but its not as complicated as most think it is... for anyone that is interested here this is a first step to know about Montreal, Quebec Canada

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    Dec 22, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidI would avoid Montreal. The birds have started to take small children there. The gays will be next.



    lol

    That was a hoax and it just shows how talented we can be !
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidOn food stamp income I would look into sharing an apartment. You can find more options like that in bigger cities. Don't count out NYC just yet although don't expect to live near the center of any action. The advantage of NYC is the large public transportation network.

    I've lived in central Florida and it is cheap. Cities like Phoenix, AZ are also cheap. Remember in the big wide open cities you will need a car to really enjoy everything.


    I agree, central Florida is a nice and inexpensive place to live. I'm living in Tampa right now and its actually quite nice. You can also find roommates who already own a home or apartment and just share spaces. Also, Tampa is a fairly decent size city with surrounding sizable cities. You have Clearwater, Saint Petersburg, Riverview, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, etc. Either of these places have nice places for good prices. Also, there's a lot of big businesses and all to finding work really wouldn't be all that hard. They also have a nice public transportation system down here.
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    UIUCIllini23 saidChicago is very affordable, has one of the biggest gay communities in the country, and has cold winters and cool spring/fall seasons. Neighborhoods like Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Buena Park, Andersonville, and even Lakeview (which is the gayborhood) have very affordable housing options. You'll easily pay half of what you'd pay in rent in San Francisco or New York. Good luck!

    Though Chicago is an awesome city, I wouldn't call it one of the most affordable cities in the US..
  • ohioguy12

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    Dec 22, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    I almost moved to Minneapolis and been there once. I'd say it fits your criteria
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    I think at this point people are sounding off random cities.

    Montreal! Austin! Buffalo!!!


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