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Jun 21, 2013 8:44PM
Most elderly home owners here are millionaires, primarily in real estate value.
I just sold my 504 sq.ft. studio apartment, in the Yaletown area of down town Vancouver, for $368K.  The reason it sold so cheap is that newer studio condos here start at $399K.  Vancouver was listed as the most expensive real estate in North America, ahead of both LA & NY. ()

We are also a very business & tech savvy city, with a lot of high tech firms.
I work, in such a high tech company, "part-time", for $48K/year.  The average person makes around $60K/year and our minimum wagers/students only make about $10.50/hr.  These are the people that will "NEVER" own a home, unless they graduate or get a better career.  Renting outside of the city, in a crappy neighbourhood, will still cost you $900-$1200/mth for a 1-2 bdrm apartment.

So, please, don't complain about $200K homes.  Not sure what crap job you have, making $30-$40K (Full-time) per year, but if your significant other is making the same, chances are, you can afford a $200K house.
Jun 21, 2013 8:10PM
Seriously, $200K homes?  Where can I get one?
The cheapest, run down 2 BDRM home in Vancouver, BC is $550+
Feb 15, 2013 7:23AM
The cheaper homes are in Dothan, Al.  you can buy a home with 2 to 5 acres for less than $40,000. My home has four rooms , two baths, a living room and a kitchen, and dining room, and a play room for the kids. I have 2 acres to boot. I paid $36,500 for all of it.
Sep 18, 2012 8:26AM

I agree with DW788 below. How can you have a household income of $39k and houses go for $200k? Median and average are two different things.


I paid $70k (cash) for a newly refurbished, two-bedroom bungalow in a nice old neighborhood in Rock Hill, SC. I make $39k and life is comfortable, albeit frugal. No way would I be able to afford a $200k house with a mortgage. Especially if there were kids involved. Where DID they get their numbers?


This is a junk article that has no real purpose other than to add content and help their SEO with Google. It provides no useful information whatsoever.


Bottom line: You can live fairly cheaply pretty much anywhere if you do a bit of due diligence.

Sep 18, 2012 8:20AM
The problem with this article is that it may be quantitatively cheaper to live there, but unless you're degreed with greater pay, the median labor/non-skilled positions pay minimm wage or slightly above. The NC legislature has been turning down minimum wage increases, above minimum federal levels which are way below poverty levels, for over 10 years. Been there, done that. Would not go back!! Add in the overwhelming amount of shitty school systems, the racism, and the religious hatred, I would say that cheaper isn't the real issue. The article should be about quality of life.
Sep 18, 2012 8:12AM
Ok so according to Pkoep,  naturally all people in the South are Fat?    Hmm.. guess we all have buckteeth,  talk like we are stupid,  and have a baby on our hip with a cigarette in our hand while we are headed to Walmart too?  Your ignorant.
Sep 18, 2012 7:44AM

I've known people who lived (notice the past tense) in many of these places in the past but don't today because they're actually quite expensive.


I'm sorry, but I don't understand this:


Ana Gonzalez: If you want a cheap city it could be a) You are a cheap bastard. b) You are a lazy bum. c) You are a fugitive!


1) Who's to say what is really a "cheap city?" Is it the price of homes? Rentals? Food? Taxes? Fuel? All of these factors vary from one place to the next, and EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE today. It IS the 21st century, don't forget. Can you really discern "cheap" from "inexpensive?"


2) HOW can you label people you DON'T EVEN KNOW cheap bastards, lazy bums, or fugitives? Just because they want to live a decent life? I think using the term "cheapest U.S. cities to live in" was rather harsh to begin with, and that judgmental attitude doesn't help. What about people who are handicapped, or are legitimately searching for work and coming up empty? I don't believe it's right or fair to refer to them as cheap bastards, lazy bums or fugitives. Each person's story is different.

Sep 18, 2012 7:19AM
Oh these articles are just something for you to read with your morning coffee. Don't get upset. The only decent cities with low cost of living expenses are small towns with no jobs. If you are on SS you could move to Manitowoc, WI and live near the lake, but you'd have to be able to buck the cold weather and snow. Taxes are high in Wisconsin though that is why there is housing at reduced rates for the elderly. What I hate about these articles is they are worthless. 10 cities that are the cheapest, 10 cities where there is the most crime, 10 cities where people are the fattest. The best 10 cities to retire in. Ugh! Then you have to click on the arrow and wait for each page to come up. Probably takes longer for us to do that than it did to write the article. Notice there are advertisements on every page???? Oh, I didn't bother to read the 25 pages here even though I have nothing better to do. I like to read uze guys intelligent nasty remarks.
Sep 18, 2012 7:03AM
i recently moved from Long Beach Ca...to Macon Georgia, my rent in LB for a 2 bedroom apt with 1 bathroom was 1100.00+ only because i had lived there 20 years, in Macon I am paying 580.00 for a 2 bedroom /2 full bath + Laundry room and a huge yard.  The pay scale is pretty much the same as Long Beach for most jobs, and the people of Georgia are absolutely the friendliest i have ever met, Gasoline is at least 20 to 30 cents cheaper.  Georgia by far is much more affordable, and the southern hospitality provides delightful moments of Culture shock...I give Georgia a big thumbs up if you are considering a big move...  
Sep 18, 2012 6:44AM
If you want a cheap city it could be a) You are a cheap bastard. b) You are a lazy bum. c) You are a fugitive!
Sep 18, 2012 6:33AM
The author of the 10 cheapest cities should not be writing this article!  He uses a "median" income and an "average" home selling price!?  Comparing these two should be "median" vs "median" or "average" vs "average" as the difference can produce entirely different results. Duh!
Living in the South is cheap? How many times do you have to replace your home due to some act of nature? You better have a church in mind to answer the first question. No taxes means no service.
Sep 18, 2012 6:14AM
Did any of these idiots compare household income with the cost of living?  Duh.  The only one that pans out is Temple, Texas.   Also, Wichita Falls depends upon the employment from Sheppard AFB.   Apart from Temple, when you compare the household income with the cost of living there is almost no advantage living in these cities.  
Sep 18, 2012 6:00AM
Great places to live if you think global warming is a belief system, evolution is a hoax, the US president is a Muslim terrorist, being gay is a life style choice and deep fried is a food group. Oh, and that you can't get pregnant if you are raped "legitimately".

Sep 18, 2012 5:59AM
I thought that was Winston-Salem, as that is the big Wells Fargo building (formerly Wachovia Building)! It's about time we were recogized for something positive! Go Winston-Salem!
Sep 18, 2012 5:51AM

To Someone,


You know this is the 21st centry,  right !!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 18, 2012 5:50AM
What? No mention of Detroit, New Orleans, or Cleveland?
Sep 18, 2012 5:29AM
I am at a loss. They state the median house income to less than 50K then state houses go for 190K If you make only 50K you cant afford a 190K home. So the only people able to afford these homes have to be making more than that. Doesnt sound like a match to me.
Sep 18, 2012 5:01AM
to  "someone".... what you wrote is retarded.. would you like to reinstate slavery too?   everyone has an opinion ... just like everyone has an a.......
Sep 18, 2012 4:49AM
Memphis is a sh!thole. No wonder it's so cheap to live there.
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