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Sep 6, 2013 11:45PM
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Those listed, are only the cities which pay to promote their city - and it ain't cheap!   So this list is totally bogus.
Sep 4, 2013 5:58AM
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is that Springfield where The Simpson live??
Jul 28, 2013 7:50PM
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umm hello u forgot Princeton WV I moved here from hagerstown MD and it is so cheap to live here ill never leave i was struggling to pay my bills in MD and I move here and all of a sudden I am living well for less money. ppl live here and only work part times jobs and still live good I work full time and im considered rich wow go figure!!!!!!!!
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i can see why wichita falls is on here.  you can't live there in the summer.  it's so damn hot and the humidty is so high it makes you sick.  and then you deal with the tornado sirens going off every night.  i lived there for 3 months and thought i had fallen asleep in spokane and ended up in hell.  went there to get married.. never did it, i went back to spokane.  yuck to this place unless you LOVE heat and humidity and grasshoppers as big as birds.!!   
Jul 28, 2013 7:49AM
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I say anywhere within the greater Seattle Washington area is where I and God call home. We may vacation anywhere but the Great Pacific Northwest is without a doubt the place to be
Jul 28, 2013 2:28AM
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Memphis is a schithole. I lived there due to my employment situation. I waited a year before I found a reasonable alternative job opportunity and I left there.  It's a terrible place to live in general.There are a few good sections but for the most part the bad far outweighs the good.
Jul 25, 2013 5:40AM
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Sure Memphis is cheap.  But it has one of the worst crime rates in the country.  And rising.
Jul 25, 2013 5:34AM
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Spend 8 months of the year in Alamo, TX and love it!!!  The Lower Rio Grande Valley is friendly, modern, and safe.  The people are friendly, religious and family oriented.....and respectful of old folks like my wife and me.  The area gets some bad press because of the drug smuggling but let's face it......the bad guys aren't interested in a bunch of Q Tips!  Check out the over 55 communities.  We live in the Alamo Country Club. Check us out!

  "myalamocountryclub" in appropriate web address format.

 

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Jul 14, 2013 10:08AM
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HHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhmmmmmm...not a Donkey Party state in the bunch.
Jul 14, 2013 9:58AM
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Memphis: Low cost housing, but you'll pay an arm and a leg in property taxes and property values have declined up to 30%. Sales tax is 9.25% and groceries have sales tax. Crime rate in some areas is among the worst in the nation. Plenty of gang activity in depressed areas. Most malls other than Wolfchase Galleria are on death watch. Strip malls blot the landscape. On the other hand, the Memphis Zoo, Pink Palace Museum, Children's Museum, and the city library system are excellent. Plenty of good places to eat and to find entertainment. Schools vary from abysmal to outstanding. City and county are schools merging beginning August 2013 - no idea how that will play out. Living in the suburbs (Germantown, Collierville, Bartlett, and  others) is better and you pay much less in city taxes, but housing prices there are 15-20% higher. Health care is among the best. St. Jude Children's Research Center is world-famous. Winters are relatively mild (thing Pacific Northwest), but summers are oppressively hot and humid. We run our A/C about 6 months of the year. Oh yeah, drivers are about the worst you can imagine (with the possible exception of Taiwan).
Jul 14, 2013 9:55AM
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Try living in Chicago...we have taxes on taxes and the most corrupt politions alive...all of our governors have gone to jail. You can't listen to the news without hearing at least 3 or 4 children have been murdered that day. Several people have started calling it " Chiraq" fitting name. Can't wait for my husband to retire so we can leave this war zone.
Jul 14, 2013 9:19AM
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Property taxes may seem high in Texas, but there's an important thing to remember. The cost of a house is a fraction of what it is in other places. So people buying a $300k house in Texas shouldn't be surprised if they are paying a similar amount of property taxes for an identical house in California that is $700k. The thing is, even though you're able to get your house dirt cheap here, that doesn't take away the fact that the schools, colleges, etc. in the area still have to be paid for some way. And the number one way schools are paid for in most places is by property taxes. So it goes without saying that you are going to pay a much higher percentage based on the value of your home in Texas. Overall though, your mortgage including escrow will be a lot cheaper in the lone star state than in most places. Your energy and gasoline costs will also be a lot less. The pleasant business environment, safe neighborhoods, and minimal amount of government rules and regulations have set off the mass migration into this state from other states. Texas has about 8% of the population of the United States yet has been responsible for 30% of the country's job growth since the recession started in 2007. We took the Obama playbook and did the exact opposite. That's the reason for our success. We are one of the last beacon's of freedom this country has left. It took a destructive force like Obama for me to realize how proud I am of my state.
Jul 14, 2013 9:14AM
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I have to say you can get some bargains on cheap housing in texas. The town I live in you can by a really nice 3-2 house for 35 to 45.But it is a small town in texas. 1 grocery store,3 fast food ,2 restaurants. If you want to go out 45miles for somewhat a larger town. Now making a decent wage, above 15 a hour .You have to live in a larger city. Texas does not have a state income tax. So everything else is taxed, except food ,and medicine. This town is a dry town, so you have to drive twenty miles for beer ,one way. But drug are bad here, mostly meth. If you want to do a lot of work on house, you can get them five grand ,but you will be twenty more in to it, to get them up to some what a comfortable place to live.
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No,thank you,I'm quite happy living in Washington state.we are getting a flow of people from Texas moving up here because they realized that Washington is a really beautiful state with snow-capped mountains and thick forests full of evergreen trees that Texas probably does not have.
Jul 14, 2013 8:48AM
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Sure it's cheap - every one of these cities has problems: try getting in and out of Idaho Falls (isolated), every city listed in Texas has higher crime rates than New York, high property taxes, high unemployment, horrid summers (last time I landed at DFW, in May, it was 101F at midnight), and the state's government values businesses more than its citizens with lower taxes and zero in the way of environmental safety. Memphis? MEMPHIS??? C'mon, your life isn't worth much there. Didn't an ad exec for Fedex get fired for telling the truth about what a (xxxxhole) Memphis is? Truth hurt, I guess. Every one of these cities and towns have problems that far outweigh (in fact, they're what create) the low prices.

People pay a lot to live in New York City, LA, Austin, San Francisco, Boston, DC, and cities like them because they have a lot more to offer and the demand (for homes, qualified workers, educational opportunities, etc.) outstrips supply - people happily pay more to get more: more safety, more access, better schools and colleges, better medical care (sorry, but I think I'll pass on the Mexican dentistry - what does the need to use your passport to get your teeth cleaned say about America?) and they work harder to get it. This isn't rocket science. Unfortunately, this and "features" like it are all too common here on MSN: so much space to fill, so little of value to fill it with.

The laws of economics have not been repealed. You pay more, you get more. You pay less, you get less.    
Jul 14, 2013 8:35AM
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The posts coming so far appear to be a lot of Bigots from North and West, no shock there.

 

Read Kerry Brown's post..it alone shows how a stupid person can make comments without any sense.

 

Sorry, if you don't like it, don't live or Go there, but don't be stupid (like Kerry) and post your ignorance with your pic.  Now we've Identified a Village IDIOT, just have to locate where Kerry's village is.

Jul 14, 2013 7:59AM
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well the problem with Texas and Arkansas is that they morons running the government in those states,
Jul 14, 2013 7:54AM
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Correction-my property taxes are 3,300 a year. Sorry for the mistake!
Jul 14, 2013 7:53AM
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This article for the most part is telling you it's cheap to live here, so in that sense, they write the truth. I live between Mcallen and Harlingen. This area has wonderful breezes in the evenings. The people are very nice and yes, about 85 percent are Mexican-American. There are two excellent universities: University of Texas-Pan American and University of Texas-Brownsville. Unemployment is somewhat high and wages are very low. That's ok though. The wages are low, but so is the cost of living. Between my wife and I, we earn $78,000 a year. We live in a beautiful 2,000 square foot home in a nice subdivision and we only pay 624.00 mortgage. Our property taxes are $3,300 a year. Food is very cheap compared to Chesterfield, Missouri where I use to live. Cars repairs are very low. Dentistry in Mexico is dirt cheap. As time goes by and commerce grows, so does the crime rate, but isn't that pretty much the case anywhere? What makes this are particularly vulnerable is being so close to the Mexican border where the war on drugs is problematic. The spill-over of that crime into Texas is not as bad as some people make it out to be. Let's not forget, the South Padre Island is very near and the Mexican food is awesome! Let's not knock down this area until you research it well. It's not perfect-the heat is intense in the summer, so it will be welcoming for someone who is tired of the ice and snow. That's all I want to say about my area.   
Jul 14, 2013 7:33AM
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Texas a Great place to live Men can tell a women what to do with their Body but men can still Grab the Monkey by tail
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