What US cities have the lowest cost of living and a high employment rate?

I currently live in Los Angeles county, which has a high cost of living. I'm thinking about moving out of state but can't really decide where. Any information you would like to contribute about where you live, the cost of living, employment ratios, quality of living, etc would be greatly appreciated! I'm looking for a nice area where I can easily get a job. (I do office work - Administrative and Customer Service oriented. My husband does pest control.) Someplace where the cost of housing is affordable, where there aren't a bunch of bums, poor people or gangs. A place that isn't too conservative (we have a lot of tattoos and want to be accepted by our neighbors). Nice weather,maybe a little snow but not so much that you get snowed in all the time. I'd love to be near a lake or the ocean. I've pretty much eliminated Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada (all too hot), Utah (too many Mormons), Alabama, Georgia and Florida. I've been considering North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. Thanks!

Asked By: someone,somewhere - 7/20/2006
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You are looking for "Someplace where the cost of housing is affordable, where there aren't a bunch of bums, poor people or gangs," yet anyplace that has affordable housing is a magnet for poor people, because otherwise housing is not affordable. Also, stay away from the oceanside if you want to avoid beach bums and... More
Answered By: phemy - 7/22/2006
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You won't find the two in a city. High employment drives up prices.
Answered By: lees_sword - 7/26/2006
Wow... everything that you asked for is in Utah. You know, there are more Mormons in California than there are in the state of Utah. Draper, Utah is home to the nation's largest Catholic School. It's actually pretty diverse! I moved here 2 years ago from Fresno. The air is cleaner, the people are nicer (yes, Mormons... More
Answered By: Beach Gal - 7/26/2006
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