Here’s Where You Can Actually Afford To Live

If you’re anything like me, your timeline is full of peers purchasing homes and popping out babies, while you’re scratching your head wondering how the hell they’re accomplishing (a liberal word choice, but that’s a subject for another column) these things, while you’re just trying to make rent with two roommates you met on Craigslist. Aside from rich parents and poor decisions, these people may have lucked out based on location alone. Zillow recently released the following interactive map, showing you just where you can expect to be employed and afford to purchase a home.

If your friends live in Texas, there’s a good reason why they may be able to afford a home while you’re cramped up in a tiny apartment. Dallas and Houston are industry hotspots, where employment and home ownership are on the up-and-up, as are cities people our age love to flock to, such as Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta. You might be surprised at some of the others, though: Grand Rapids, MI, Cincinnati, OH, and Indianapolis, IN also top the charts. Although I guess if you think about it, it really isn’t THAT surprising – they’ve gotta keep the people there somehow. Check out the map and see if a move may be in your future – although, if you’re considering moving to Salt Like City just for the home value, you probably need to sit down and consider just how bad living with a couple of strangers and eating Ramen in LA REALLY is.

[via The Wall Street Journal]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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