With the months here, the weather isn’t the only thing that is heating up around the country. Like many Americans, you are probably dealing with higher costs of living and large increases in rent and property values. Whether you are renting or watching your property gain value rapidly, it would definitely be prudent to take a look at some of the best places to live around the country. No matter if you are considering a local move or a move across the country, we are here to help you find places that combine lifestyle and cost of living to help you in your decision-making process. Check out our list of the top 5 places to move this summer!
- Raleigh, NC:Probably not what you were expecting for the top spot, but this list has a focus on areas that are still affordable but growing and have the factors necessary for continued growth. With proximity to quality universities, such as Duke, Raleigh boasts of the intellectual capital that is attractive to companies and growth. Apple recently announced a campus in Raleigh that should continue the progress of the area. With a temperate climate and a growing nightlife, Raleigh is attractive to a wide range of people with varying ideas of fun. If you are in an area that is pricing you out, take a look at all that Raleigh has to offer!
- Charleston, SC:As you continue on down our list, you will notice a trend that our choices tend to be in the south. Part of this, which is true about Charleston, is that these areas have lighter population density and a range of suburbs with available land that help keep the cost of housing down while still providing access to recreation. Charleston boasts of quality opportunities in industries such as healthcare and high-end manufacturing. Also, if you’re a foodie, Charleston has one of the most underrated and robust food scenes in the United States. From comfort food, to chef inspired cuisine, Charleston has your stomach covered!
- Austin, TX:A city that would make it up higher on our list were it not for how good a job it has already done in attracting new residents, Austin is definitely worth taking a look at as a place to relocate to. While less affordable if you want to live in the city proper instead of a suburb, the state capital of Texas is one of the most well-rounded places that you could go to live. As a booming tech hub with a major university, the job market is strong and geared towards the jobs of the present and the future. Austin also has a noteworthy food scene, hosts various music festivals, and has a plethora of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Austin stays true to its motto and keeps itself weird in a way that has spurred growth and enjoyment for all of its residents.
- Oklahoma City, OK:If value is a major factor for you, Oklahoma City could be the ideal place for you to consider. The median home price for the area is still only $235,000, so you can get access to the amenities of a major city while paying a cost that is far more reasonable than many cities around the country. With an unemployment rate at below 2%, Oklahoma City has a job market that should make it easy for you to relocate here no matter what industry you work in. When it comes to entertainment, Oklahoma city has everything from sports teams to lakes and trails that would support a variety of hobbies and interests.
- Tampa, FL:As South Florida runs out of affordable areas for people that are looking to enjoy the Florida sun and proximity to the beach, Tampa is also growing, but still remains a place where you can enjoy a reasonable cost of living. With no state income tax, Tampa has become an increasingly popular place to relocate to for people that are working remotely. Tampa boasts of professional sports teams, Florida sunshine and plenty of outdoor activities that make it an excellent place to live and enjoy. Also, with nearby St. Petersburg, Tampa residents can enjoy an underrated arts scene that includes the world’s largest museum dedicated to Salvador Dali!