6 most affordable, fast-growing US cities

Looking for a vibrant city but don't want to pay an arm and a leg to live there? Here are 6 that may fit the bill -- hope you like warm weather.

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Jan 29, 2014 11:07PM
Lee Leffingwell (Mayor or Austin): Party Affiliation Democrat
Betsy Price (Mayor of Forth Worth): Party Affiliation Republican
Julian Castro (Mayor of San Antonio): Party Affiliation Democrat
Patrick Cannon (Mayor of Charlotte): Party Affiliation Democrat
Annise Parker (Mayor of Houston): Party Affiliation Democrat
Nancy McFarlene (Mayor of Raleigh): Party Affiliation Independent

Not really Republican Cities, you could argue the states are Republican (as both are run by Republican Governors), but with such a mix the evidence does not add up to party affiliation as being the reason these are great places to live.  Maybe it is the people and the activities to partake in, and not who is sitting in the office of power.  All I ask is that people do their homework before making snap judgments.

Using politics to argue why a city is great is kind of an insult to the people who live and work there that make it a place to want to be.
Jan 29, 2014 11:40PM
If you buy a home for $130,000 or less in Charlotte, NC then you're moving into the hood or you're buying a shack.
Jan 30, 2014 11:33AM

Why not include the crime rate for these city? Affordable been to some of these cities. I rather live in Bend Oregon A great small city


Feb 4, 2014 4:56AM
Property taxes in Austin can be a bitch though. There's no limit on how much they can go up per year. I know a couple of people who have been taxed out of their homes essentially. 
Feb 4, 2014 11:17AM
I have lived in Austin most of my life. It has went from an affordable place to live to just plain ridiculous. The property taxes are absolutely out of sight. I work in the mortgage business and see taxes which are way higher per month than the actual house payment. People are being forced out of their homes because of the taxes. On the east side of town people are being forced out of their homes so they can build apartments. And by forced, I mean paid a very low value for homes that have been in their families for years. The freeway system is intolerable. There are 3 main freeways (2 with red lights on them) and there is no way to improve them. It takes about an hour to go across town and this is not a huge town folks. Please don't move here, we do not need more people, trust me.
Feb 4, 2014 5:53AM
So.....go to Texas or North Carolina then?  Got it.
Feb 4, 2014 10:15AM
Woow all I see is a bunch of haters on here. If you are talking mess about your own city then MOVE. Obviously you don't like it much here in good ol' San Antonio so GTFO! I have been here most of my 27 years of life and just love it. It's home, affordable and many opportunities. I have gone to other states with my parents but I always come back here. The food is GREAT, many activities and events to enjoy for myself and my kids. So I think if you haven't been to come check it out yourself then make your opinion:)
Feb 4, 2014 10:38AM
You couldn't pay me to live in Texas.
Feb 4, 2014 10:33AM
You totally missed it ... Greenville SC with the likes of BMW, Michelin Tires, Amazon, General Electrics Generator Plant (largest in the world) Siemens  etc. etc. etc. Cheapest Gas in the country, Taxes as low as any state and growth in the top 5 cities "COME ON MAN" tell it like it is. Greenville is the new Crown Jewel of the US.
Feb 4, 2014 10:42AM
Y'all need to do some more homework - people who have been living here in Austin for years are being priced out of their homes because property values are going through the roof. Partially thanks to articles like this that keep telling people to move here. And don't buy into that "Live Music Capital of the World" hype. This city actually does very little to support the scene and seems to go out of their way to shut down the music if the yuppies can't sleep; even they bought property right next to the venues!
Feb 4, 2014 8:56AM
Austin used to be a nice place. Not anymore. Politics, taxes, cost of living (where did they get that it's affordable?), crime rate, traffic, and the road system is horrible and never finished and never repaired. Don't even get me started on the weather. I lived there 57 years and finally got wise and left Austin and indeed the whole state.
Feb 4, 2014 11:24AM

Damn....where's Dall-a$$?


I've lived in Houston all my life - except for a brief 4 year stint at UT - but, hands down, I'd move to San Antonio if I had the opportunity.  It's a beautiful, old, historic city, similar to Austin in topography, but much calmer and serene.  Austin is like an ADHD child, chaotic and irratic - can take it only in small doses before it gets on your nerves.  Fort Worth and Houston aren't pretty at all.  But in Houston, even the unskilled worker can find a good paying job.

Jan 30, 2014 1:14PM
Problem with living in Texas is putting up with Texans.
Feb 4, 2014 11:04AM

The jobs and "affordable" living aren't in Austin - they're 45 - 60 min outside of town. Sure, there are fun things to do in the 'burbs, but if you have visions of easy access to  SoCo and the downtown music scene, you better be making at least $80k to live anywhere near there, and then commute to your tech job in Williamson County.

Feb 4, 2014 11:05AM
Please don't move to Austin, we don't want you here. No offense. Please, by all means, come and visit. Just don't overstay your welcome. Stupid articles like this one keep telling people to move to Austin and there just isn't anymore room folks, sorry.
Feb 4, 2014 11:11AM
I think it's hilarious, all these posters who comment about how much they hate Texas without ever having stepped foot in here. Yet you don't bother to mention the paradise where you live, so something tells me it might not be that great, either. At least I only speak from my own travel experiences, not H'wood stereotypes.
Feb 4, 2014 12:23PM

Yes, Texas is hot in the summer and bi-polar in all other seasons; solution: central air and heat . Yes, we love our state with pride and admiration; who doesn't want southern hospitality and western influence. Yes, some bigger cities like Austin & Houston have tax issues and traffic problems; this is a list of perferable locations not perfect ones. Yes, there is always going to be a few choice people that will come up with a list of reasons for hating Tx. (even though the majority of those few people have never set foot on lone star soil.)

I would still rather live here then anywhere else...  

     If a guy like Kinky Friedman still lives in Texas, it must be all right. I'm a fan of his. 
Feb 4, 2014 12:26PM

Will you Liberals please stop talking about how Texas is a great place to live. You ruin your own city's and states like California, New York, Chicago, Detroit and then want to move to state's where the government, and the people have lived with in their budgets and grown their economy's, where they understand it takes privately owned businesses to create jobs and it's not a good idea to make villains out of corporations and businesses, or have so many freebee's that you have to tax's the privately owned businesses out of your state. Please just live in your own states, continue to collect your free hand outs and leave the correctly run states to us conservatives. After all if you look at all those cities not one is in a liberal state, and never will be, so please, please just stay in your own liberal cities, and states. We don't want you in our states.


Thank you for you understanding in this matter.

Feb 6, 2014 1:15PM
I really don't understand the people on these forums. Everyone constantly wants to bash any Southern city, and is especially vehement about bringing down Texas. Why would any American not want each state to do well? And why does everyone constantly throw insults about liberal/republican leadership? It's extremely tiresome and anti-American. And all these comments about Southern cities being backwards... Why are many of the largest companies in the World moving operations to the South if it's so uneducated and backwards? How does Bank of America function in Charlotte if we're so dumb and why is MetLife moving huge operations to the Charlotte area? How is Charlotte the second largest banking center in the U.S., second only to NYC if it's so terrible?

The funny part is that EVERY list involving economic prowess, jobs, growth, afforability etc is dominated by cities in Texas and usually ranks either Charlotte and/or Raleigh very high. This isn't some sort of coincidence and the rankings are given by both liberal and republican news agencies alike. These rankings are decided using STATISTICS people. These cities weren't chosen on some sort of subjective basis and their economic growth is a FACT.

That being said, I live in Charlotte, N.C. and I find it to be extremely affordable, to have a very modern and lively downtown (Uptown as we call it), and to be developing public transit and other improvements extremely quickly. We're also relatively close to the beach and the mountains/skiing and the city is small enough that you can be in a rural setting within 15 minutes but has all the amenities of a much larger city and a skyline to match. People that haven't been to Charlotte in the last 10-15 wouldn't recognize the city as it is today. It's a very nice place to live for me as a young professional and recent college graduate. People on here need to stop with the insults and instead say "Whoo go NC and TX, you're helping OUR nation's economy grow and making AMERICA stronger!" Anyway, my rant is finished :-)

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