Bring Dreams to Life in One of These 10 Amazing Cities

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Everybody has dreams. Don’t you have an image in your head of the career and life of your dreams? Maybe you would like to start your own business and build your own small empire. Maybe your idea of living the dream is a nice big home where you can raise a family. Perhaps you belong in a big city, or rural living might be your thing. No matter what your dreams are, you are more likely to fulfill them if you are financially comfortable. This is why cost of living is so important when it comes to choosing the city of your dreams. Take a minute to learn about ten cities that have a lot to offer, including an affordable lifestyle. We’ll start with a breakdown of the numbers for each city, then we’ll discuss the appeal of living there.

  1. Pittsburgh, PA

The Numbers: Unemployment = less than 8 percent. Cost to purchase a home = less than 120k. Cost of living = close to 15 percent less than the national average. Pittsburgh residents also enjoy a low rate of crime.

Pittsburgh living: Take a moment to think about what your ideal living situation is. Would you like to live in an easy to afford home near parks where your children can play? Is diversity important to you? Do you want access to cultural offerings? Is it important to live near great schools and colleges? Whatever you prefer, one of Pittsburgh’s amazing neighborhoods is probably perfect for you.

  1. Columbus, OH

The Numbers: Unemployment = less than 4 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 124K. Cost of living = close to 10 percent less than the national average.

If you want the amenities of a big city, but don’t want to experience the crowds and high cost of living, Columbus Ohio should be on your list of cities to consider. Columbus is young, growing, and full of great cultural offerings.

  1. Rockford, IL

The Numbers: Unemployment = less than 7 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 94k. Cost of living = 18 percent less than the national average.

If you are willing to take a chance, you may find that Rockford, IL is a city making a comeback. The city has attracted a major aircraft maintenance firm, and it looks like that is just the beginning of the expansion of the aviation industry in Rockford. This will surely bring new opportunities and growth in other industries.

  1. Memphis, TN

The Numbers: Unemployment = less than 7 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 110k. Cost of living = 27 percent less than the national average.

You really can’t beat Memphis TN. Not only are the numbers great, business growth is great as well. Of course, nobody wants to live in a city that’s all business. Memphis is full of great restaurants, live music, bars, parks, and other local hangouts.

  1. Rochester, NY

The Numbers: Unemployment = less than 7 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 114k. Cost of living = 20 percent less than the national average.

If you are young and passionate about the arts, you may want to consider making Rochester your destination city, and bypassing the more expensive New York City. If art isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy beautiful upstate living in a growing city that is full of opportunity.

  1. Grand Rapids, MI

The Numbers: Unemployment = less than 5 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 132k. Cost of living = 11 percent less than the national average.

Are you interested in starting a family in a city where jobs are plentiful and quality of life is high? If so, Grand Rapids is definitely a city to consider. Many large employers have offices in and around the city, the schools are great, and you can practically steal a house!

  1. Fort Wayne, IN

The Numbers: Unemployment = less than 5 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 98.5k. Cost of living = 16 percent less than the national average.

Fort Wayne is yet another city that is making huge strides in recovering from the housing crash. The efforts the city government has been making to encourage growth has certainly been fruitful. Businesses are moving into the city, unemployment is down, and taxes are being used to wisely fund amenities such as parks and trails.

  1. Winston-Salem, NC

The Numbers: Unemployment = 5 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 122k. Cost of living = 14 percent less than the national average.

If creativity and culture are important to you, both can be found in the Winston-Salem area. This, combined with a great employment base make this a great place to live.

  1. El Paso, TX

The Numbers: Unemployment = Less than 5 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 169k. Cost of living = 16 percent less than the national average.

Are you considering launching a business of your own, or do you prefer to grow along with an already established company? In either case, why not consider the very business friendly city of El Paso a chance?

  1. Madison, WI

The Numbers: Unemployment = Less than 3 percent. Cost to purchase a home = 259k. Cost of living = 16 percent higher than the national average.

Don’t let the cost of living scare you away. The growth and job opportunities more than covers that base. You’ll also enjoy living in a great city with plenty of things to do.

John Unger
 

I'm an eager beaver in all aspects of my life. I like to write about things that matters and my work gives me that.