5 Affordable Yet Cool Cities to Live In

Kiplingers Magazine recently published a list of American cities where one can find still find reasonable rents, but that are enjoyable to live in.

While many young people aim to launch their careers in the largest cities like Washington, DC or Los Angeles, many may find a better deal by looking beyond the larger urban centers. The five locales listed below all possess a cost of living that is at or close to the national average for students and young wage earners:


The state-chartered University of Georgia is centered in this college town and is responsible for its unique appeal to young graduates and its subsequent growth. The city offers free wireless 'net access downtown, and the aforementioned school and two area hospitals help keep the city's unemployment rate impressively low.

Where: Downtown, West side, Five Points Cost: 650-750 dollars per month for a one-bedroom apt., or 750-850 dollars for a 2-bedroom apt.


Atlanta is the capital and Georgia's most densely populated city, as well as being the center of the ninth most populous metropolitan area in America. It ranks fourth among American cities for wi-fi access, and is #3 in the number of Fortune 500 companies located in its metropolitan area, after New York City and Houston.

Where: Midtown, Virginia Highlands, East Atlanta Cost: 600-900 dollars per month for a 1-bedroom unit, 800-1,350 dollars for a 2-bedroom


The capital of Texas, Austin is the state's fourth most-populous city and the 16th largest in America. The city was ranked as the #2 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" according to Money magazine in 2006. Many graduates each year from the computer and science programs at The University of Texas at Austin provide a steady source of young, talented, and driven employees that help to fuel the city's technology and defense industries.

Where: Downtown, S. Austin Cost: 500-800 dollars per month for a 1-bedroom apt., 700-1,200 dollars for a 2-bedroom


The Denver Metropolitan Area has more federal workers than any other such area except for Washington, D.C. Among many attractions are a good light-rail system and a top-20 ranking for free wireless Internet access.

Where: Lower Downtown (LoDo), Highland, West Highland Cost: 700-800 dollars per month for a 1-bedroom unit, 900-1,200 dollars for a 2-bedroom


The most populous city in Minnesota, Minneapolis adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. Availability of wireless Internet access, transportation solutions, medical trials, expenditures on university research, advanced degrees held by the work force, and energy conservation are so far above the national average that in 2005, Popular Science magazine named Minneapolis the "Top Tech City" in America.

Where: N. Loop, NE, Uptown Cost: 600-700 dollars a month for a one-bedroom unit, 800-1,100 dollars for a 2-bedroom

About the Author:

Matthew Paolini is a consultant with Citybook Online Yellow Pages in Tampa, FL.

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