The 25 Most Affordable College Towns in 2018

Most Affordable College Towns

College is an exciting time full of new faces, newfound freedom, and new expenses. While it’s important to find a campus that gels with your personality, it’s no secret a city’s living cost—and a school’s tuition—can end up making your decision for you.

Between rent, utilities, and groceries, a weekly $4.50 trip to Starbucks can push your monthly student budget over the limit. Lucky for you, we got our hands dirty and dug up the twenty-five most affordable college towns to help you vet your options.

Get ahead of your Top Ramen days and see which states you could afford to live in (and which would allow your budget the occasional caramel macchiato).

Our ranking criteria

To get our rankings, we considered everything college students have to budget for, as well as things college students usually end up choosing to spend their spare change on.

From happy hour to rent, we figured out how much it would cost to live in each city by crunching the numbers of seven different factors:

  • City population
  • Median rent of a one-bedroom apartment in the city center
  • Average cost of utilities
  • Cost of transportation, calculated by the cost of a one-way local train fare and a gallon of gas
  • Price of a movie ticket
  • Minimum wage
  • Cost of a 0.5-liter bottle of domestic beer
  • Annual tuition

We included the price of tuition for the schools in each town based on a twelve-credit-hour workload, since the cost of your class schedule and textbooks can mean the difference between sharing a four-person bedroom and having one of your own.

#1. Helena, MT

Helana, MT - The Most Affordable College Town

People drop money to see places as beautiful as Helena, Montana, but living there means you’d always be in between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park at a fraction of the price it’d cost to live elsewhere.

Between a monthly cost of utilities as shockingly low as $64.54 and a ton of free outdoor activities to keep you busy, you won’t have to compromise between scenic views and a decent pad.

Also, a one-way train ticket in Helena is only $0.85, which is the cheapest of all the towns on our list.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $680.00, with monthly utilities averaging $64.54.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.50, while a one-way local train fare is $0.85.
  • A movie ticket is $12.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.00.
  • Minimum wage starts at $8.30.

Population

  • 31,169

Universities/colleges

  • Helena College University of Montana
    • In-state tuition: $17,152
    • Out-of-state tuition: $22,712
  • Carroll College
    • Tuition: $45,466

#2. Lincoln, NE

Lincoln, Nebraksa - The 2nd Most Affordable College City

If Lincoln, Nebraska, isn’t one of the first places you’re thinking of running off to after walking the stage, think again.

With three different colleges and a population of 280,364 people—almost 33,000 more than the population of Orlando, Florida—Lincoln has a median rent half that of the Disney epicenter.

Beyond that, Lincoln’s rent and utility prices, coupled with its minimum wage of $9.00, compare pretty competitively against others on our list, which is why it landed a spot at number two.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $697.22, with monthly utilities averaging $113.64.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.40, while a one-way local train fare is $1.25.
  • A movie ticket is $12.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.00.
  • Minimum wage starts at $9.00.

Population

  • 280,364

Universities/colleges

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • In-state tuition: $24,544
    • Out-of-state tuition: $39,644
  • Nebraska Wesleyan
    • Tuition: $46,544
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences
    • Tuition: $27,966

#3. Augusta, ME

August, Maine - The 3rd Most Affordable College City

Picturesque, quaint, and affordable, Augusta is Maine’s capital for a reason—and there’s reason you should live there too.

Augusta’s rent is on the lower side and its utilities are decently priced, but it really gets a gold star for having the cheapest gas prices of all twenty-five cities. Plus, the city boasts two universities, so there are tons of local student discounts.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $716.67, with monthly utilities averaging $157.67.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.37, while a one-way local train fare is $2.64.
  • A movie ticket is $9.95, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $1.25.
  • Minimum wage starts at $10.00.

Population

  • 18,494

Universities/colleges

  • University of Maine at Augusta
    • In-state tuition: $19,808
    • Out-of-state tuition: $29,498
  • Purdue University Global Augusta Campus
    • Tuition: $33,390

#4. Columbia, MO

Columbia, Missouri - The 4th Most Affordable College City

Columbia offers the cheapest price for a movie ticket of all the cities listed, which is important since it’s more than likely you’ll find yourself catching a show or two at some point during your college years.

And with three colleges in the city totaling a population of over 120,000 people, your chances of finding someone to go to a movie with you is high.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $760.00, with monthly utilities averaging $130.40.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.25, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $8.25, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.17.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.85.

Population

  • 120,612

Universities/colleges

  • University of Missouri
    • In-state tuition: $26,611
    • Out-of-state tuition: $43,330
  • Columbia College
    • Tuition: $36,778
  • Stephens College
    • Tuition: $43,128

#5. Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, Colorado - The 5th Most Affordable College City

Near the Rocky Mountains—and the Garden of the Gods to boot—Colorado Springs is already a place worth considering, but its affordability makes it all the better.

Just an hour-and-fifteen-minute drive from Denver, Colorado Springs has a median rent of $975.08, which is considerably more affordable than Denver’s rent of $1,640.30. Plus, Colorado Springs’s movie tickets are two dollars lower than Denver’s, and its beer prices are lower than Denver’s price of $2.11 too.

Step aside, Mile High City.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $975.08, with monthly utilities averaging $162.25.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.36, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $10.25, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $1.93.
  • Minimum wage starts at $10.20.

Population

  • 465,101

Universities/colleges

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    • In-state tuition: $24,614
    • Out-of-state tuition: $35,798
  • Colorado College
    • Tuition: $68,616
  • United States Air Force Academy
    • Tuition: Free if you commit to serve after graduation

#6. Eugene, OR

Cozy, eclectic, and downright fun, Eugene’s food scene is the college-aged sibling of Portland’s. Plus, it’s got all the fall football frenzy characteristic of a college town.

Additionally, the average rent in Eugene is $721.50 cheaper than Portland’s median rent of $1,538—to which we say, go ducks.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $817.50, with monthly utilities averaging at $126.41.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.84, while a one-way local train fare is $1.75.
  • A movie ticket is $8.88, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.23.
  • Minimum wage starts at $10.75.

Population

  • 166,575

Universities/colleges

  • University of Oregon
    • In-state tuition: $25,248
    • Out-of-state tuition: $47,928
  • Lane Community College
    • In-state tuition: $17,244
      Out-of-state tuition: $22,662
  • Northwest Christian University
    • Tuition: $40,900

#7. Syracuse, NY

Syracuse has a thing for low housing costs. While its overall median rent and utilities may be higher in comparison to other cities on our list, its average home sale price is still significantly lower than other metro areas.

And, in comparison to Buffalo, New York, Syracuse’s average monthly utilities end up being almost $100 less than Buffalo’s monthly average of $208.54.

If you’re a fan of white winters and hate all things Georgetown University, Syracuse might be worth looking into.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $1,100.00, with monthly utilities averaging $114.11.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.50, while a one-way local train fare is $2.00.
  • A movie ticket is $14.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.22.
  • Minimum wage starts at $11.10.

Population

  • 143,378

Universities/colleges

  • Syracuse University
    • Tuition: $65,480
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    • In-state tuition: $20,958
    • Out-of-state tuition: $30,608
  • Upstate Medical University
    • In-state tuition: $7,525
    • Out-of-state tuition: $17,175
  • Le Moyne College
    • Tuition: $49,995

#8. Charleston, WV

With a median rent of $603.75, Charleston, West Virginia, has a cheaper overall rent than the list’s top two cities, Helena and Lincoln.

But Charleston doesn’t stop there. Within the town you’ll find cheap parking prices, live music, and free biking trails that’ll convince you of your decision to go small town.

The only reason we’d guess Charleston isn’t higher up is because of its low minimum wage, high utilities, and pricier beer rates.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $603.75, with monthly utilities averaging $153.75.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.47, while a one-way local train fare is $1.00.
  • A movie ticket is $10.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.17.
  • Minimum wage starts at $8.75.

Population

  • 49,138

Universities/colleges

  • University of Charleston
    • Tuition: $43,800

#9. Jackson, MS

There’s a reason Bruno Mars called out Jackson, Mississippi, in his 2014 hit “Uptown Funk”—and it’s not just because it’s a city that’s got soul. In comparison to the rest of the cities on our list, Jackson’s median costs for rent and utilities are on the cheaper end of the spectrum, and all of its other factor expenses are pretty impressive, as well.

The numbers alone are worth looking at living in the Magnolia State.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $833.33, with monthly utilities averaging $124.54.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.24, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $8.50, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $1.42.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.25.

Population

  • 169,148

Universities/colleges

  • Jackson State University
    • In-state tuition: $20,221
    • Out-of-state tuition: $30,914
  • Millsaps College
    • Tuition: $55,322
  • Belhaven University
    • Tuition: $32,700

#10. Tempe, AZ

Tempe is home to Arizona State University, a huge school known for its Pac-12 football team and party scene—and with an average monthly rent of $898.80, it’s no wonder they’re partying.

Plus, at $10.50 an hour, Arizona’s minimum wage isn’t too shabby.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $898.80, with monthly utilities averaging $171.66.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.51, while a one-way local train fare is $2.00.
  • A movie ticket is $9.50, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $1.43.
  • Minimum wage starts at $10.50.

Population

  • 182,498

Universities/colleges

  • Arizona State University
    • In-state tuition: $26,118
    • Out-of-state tuition: $42,698
  • University of Phoenix
    • Tuition: $10,188
  • Brookline College
    • Tuition: $37,026
  • Bryan University
    • Tuition: $26,089

#11. Ithaca, NY

Even though Ithaca is where the crimson-colored ivy league Cornell is, there’s nothing fancy about its living costs.

Sure, Ithaca has fair-priced local train fares, but the real reason Ithaca made the cut is because of its $11.10 minimum wage—which is really, really hard to beat.

To put it in perspective, that’s higher than Los Angeles’s minimum wage, and LA has over 128 times the people as Ithaca, plus a higher cost of living.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $1,150, with monthly utilities averaging $142.56.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.64, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $11.19, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.22.
  • Minimum wage starts at $11.10.

Population

  • 30,756

Universities/college

  • Cornell University
    • Tuition: $70,291
  • Ithaca College
    • Tuition: $61,339

#12. Albuquerque, NM

For having a population of 559,277 people, Albuquerque with its median rent of $820 seems too good to be true—but we’re not complaining. Just be aware, though, like Tempe, Arizona, Albuquerque’s utility rates are slightly high.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $821.88, with monthly utilities averaging $125.38.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.54, while a one-way local train fare is $1.00.
  • A movie ticket is $10.41, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $3.30.
  • Minimum wage starts at $8.95.

Population

  • 559,277

Universities/colleges

  • University of New Mexico
    • In-state tuition: $23,046
    • Out-of-state tuition: $38,058
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA)
    • Tuition: $22,588
  • Trinity Southwest
    • Tuition: $3,180

#13. Burlington, VT

Burlington is home to the University of Vermont, which sits right on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. This city has all the charm you’d expect from New England and the pep and progressivism typical of Vermont. And the good news is, it’s totally feasible to live here.

Compared to State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State University, Burlington’s $10.50 wage is $3.25 higher than State College’s wage of $7.25—yet they share roughly the same population and cost of living.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $1,222.06, with monthly utilities averaging $133.06.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.54, while a one-way local train fare is $1.25.
  • A movie ticket is $10.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.75.
  • Minimum wage starts at $10.50.

Population

  • 42,269

Universities/colleges

  • University of Vermont
    • In-state tuition: $31,672
    • Out-of-state tuition: $55,288
  • Champlain College
    • Tuition: $54,001

#14. El Paso, TX

El Paso, Texas, has the highest population of all of our top twenty-five towns. At roughly 683,000 people, El Paso has twenty-one times the number of people as Helena, Montana, the list’s number-one most affordable college town to live in.

Even still, El Paso’s median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is only $595.45, compared to New York City’s median rent of a one-bedroom apartment, which is $3,190.11.

If you live in El Paso, you won’t have to live paycheck to paycheck just to be in a big city.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $595.45, with monthly utilities averaging $123.97.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.48, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $9.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.00.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.25.

Population

  • 683,080

Universities/colleges

  • University of Texas at El Paso
    • In-state tuition: $23,210
    • Out-of-state tuition: 36,955
  • El Paso Community College
    • In-state tuition: $16,401
    • Out-of-state tuition: $18,177

#15. Portland, ME

Around 40% of all Mainers reside in the Portland metro area, which doesn’t surprise us since this scenic, artistic city is such a popular go-to for foodies and Instagrammers alike.

And, with Portland’s $1.50 train tickets, you won’t have to splurge on getting from the city’s lighthouse to the city’s shop center, as you might with an Uber. Portland also gets an honorable mention for its higher-than-average minimum wage of $10.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $1,196.15, with monthly utilities averaging $146.11.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.50, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $9.50, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.30.
  • Minimum wage starts at $10.00.

Population

  • 66,937

Universities/colleges

  • Maine College of Art
  • Tuition: $45,500
  • University of New England
  • Tuition: $36,300

#16. Albany, NY

Albany already won over the heart of Jimmy Fallon, a graduate of Saint Rose, and with its place at number sixteen on our list, we can begin to see why.

For being in the same state as Manhattan—the concrete jungle with super high real estate prices—Albany still has pretty average prices for rent, and its monthly utilities won’t make you cringe when you check your statement either. It’s also worth noting Albany’s high minimum wage of $11.10.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $925.00, with monthly utilities averaging $139.97.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.77, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $12.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $3.42.
  • Minimum wage starts at $11.10.

Population

  • 98,111

Universities/colleges

  • The College of Saint Rose
    • Tuition: $47,628
  • Excelsior College
    • Tuition: $12,240
  • Sage College of Albany
    • Tuition: $29,356

#17. Sioux Falls, SD

People are drawn to Sioux Falls for the cascading falls the city is named after, but its median rent should be the real jaw-dropper. In the low 600s, this city’s median rent and utilities are a steal if we’ve ever seen one.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $614.29, with monthly utilities averaging $162.18.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.49, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $9.50, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $3.17.
  • Minimum wage starts at $8.85.

Population

  • 174,360

Universities/colleges

  • University of Sioux Falls
    • Tuition: $41,680
  • Augustana University
    • Tuition: $44,973

#18. Iowa City, IA

Iowa City’s monthly rent is pretty reasonable, but the real kicker is its monthly utilities, which average out to be as low as $100. The only reason this city didn’t pull higher is because of its minimum wage, which is the federally mandated rate of $7.25.

Also, the University of Iowa was the first public university to admit men and women on an equal basis1, which is pretty cool if you ask us.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $881.25, with monthly utilities averaging $100.62.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.46, while a one-way local train fare is $1.00.
  • A movie ticket is $10.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.38.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.25.

Population

  • 74,398

Universities/colleges

  • University of Iowa
    • In-state tuition: $21,923
    • Out-of-state tuition: $43,567

#19. Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Chapel Hill’s energetic student body and fan section are reason enough for anybody to head down to Chapel Hill, but its doable living costs don’t hurt either.

Plus, unlike any other town on our list, Chapel Hill offers free one-way local train fares, and its price for a gallon of gas is the cheapest on the list.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $950.00, with monthly utilities averaging $136.30.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.33, while a one-way local train fare is free.
  • A movie ticket is $11.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.25.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.25.

Population

  • 59,246

Universities/colleges

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • In-state tuition: $25,569
    • Out-of-state tuition: $51,152

#20. Baton Rouge, LA

As Louisiana’s second-largest city, Baton Rouge has a lot going for it—including its affordability.

In comparison to New Orleans, Louisiana’s largest city, Baton Rouge, has a median rent almost $520 less than that of New Orleans. Plus, the cost of your average beer in Baton Rouge is nearly three times cheaper than one in New Orleans.

With Baton Rouge’s workable rent and beer prices, you won’t have to think twice about caving on a weekend beignet.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $935.71, with monthly utilities averaging $128.03.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.28, while a one-way local train fare is $1.75.
  • A movie ticket is $10.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $1.00.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.25.

Population

  • 227,715

Universities/colleges

  • Louisiana State University
    • In-state tuition: $33,966
    • Out-of-state tuition: $50,643
  • Southern University and A&M College
    • In-state tuition: $8,903
    • Out-of-state tuition: $16,253

#21. Athens, OH

Ohio University is already cool enough to get you thinking about moving to Athens, Ohio, but once you realize how affordable it is to live there, you’ll be ready to pack your bags.

With one-way train tickets as low as $0.50 and a median rent as practical as $850, it’s easy to see why this city made the top twenty-five.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $850.00, with monthly utilities averaging $162.56.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.47, while a one-way local train fare is $0.50.
  • A movie ticket is $10.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.33.
  • Minimum wage starts at $8.30.

Population

  • 124,707

Universities/colleges

  • Ohio University
    • In-state tuition: $28,256
    • Out-of-state tuition: $37,720

#22. Tallahassee, FL

In Tallahassee, Florida, you can buy a 0.5-liter of domestic beer at a grocery store for only a buck, while in Charleston, South Carolina, you’d have to pay $6.50 for the same drink. For a city that plays host to a university as big name as Florida State, this factoid isn’t a casual aside.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $775.00, with monthly utilities averaging $129.40.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.59, while a one-way local train fare is $1.25.
  • A movie ticket is $12.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $1.00.
  • Minimum wage starts at $8.25.

Population

  • 190,894

Universities/colleges

  • Florida State University
    • In-state tuition: $21,774
    • Out-of-state tuition: $34,904
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
    • In-state tuition: $22,865
    • Out-of-state tuition: $34,904
  • Tallahassee Community College
    • In-state tuition: $10,626
    • Out-of-state: $16,662

#23. Fargo, ND

Fargo is the most hopping city in North Dakota, and it makes sense why, with rent prices as low as $655.62. That, combined with North Dakota State’s low tuition, makes living in Fargo seem like a savvy financial move.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $655.62, with monthly utilities averaging $118.42.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.43, while a one-way local train fare is $1.50.
  • A movie ticket is $11.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $2.33.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.25.

Population

  • 120,762

Universities/colleges

  • North Dakota State University
    • In-state tuition: $21,452
    • Out-of-state tuition: $33,478

#24. Ames, IA

Few cities on this list have rent prices in the 600s or 700s, so it’s worth calling out Ames’s median monthly rent of $749.17.

When you take that into account plus its affordable one-way local train fares and beer costs, it makes venturing over to the Midwest seem like a no-brainer.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $749.17, with monthly utilities averaging $126.00.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.46, while a one-way local train fare is $1.25.
  • A movie ticket is $10.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $1.84.
  • Minimum wage starts at $7.25.

Population

  • $66,191

Universities/colleges

  • Iowa State University of Science and Technology
    • In-state tuition: $20,606
    • Out-of-state tuition: $33,442

#25. Little Rock, AR

As the capital of Arkansas, this riverfront city is delightful enough to warrant a double-take. Little Rock has some of the lowest gas prices on our list, and we’re not mad about its $1.40 train fare either.

Plus, with tuition as reasonable as $36,000, we can see why nearly 200,000 people have chosen to call Little Rock home.

Expenses

  • Median monthly rent is $759.91, with monthly utilities averaging $162.97.
  • A gallon of gas is $2.35, while a one-way local train fare is $1.40.
  • A movie ticket is $10.00, and a 0.5-liter of domestic beer is $3.50.
  • Minimum wage starts at $8.50.

Population

  • 198,541

Universities/colleges

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    • In-state tuition: $24,467
    • Out-of-state tuition: $36,677
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    • In-state tuition: $8,147
    • Out-of-state tuition: $15,923
  • Philander Smith College
    • Tuition: $12,866
  • Arkansas Baptist College
    • Tuition: $4,380

The ten college towns with the most expensive rent

We also calculated the ten US states that have the highest median rents so you can compare the difference. Read below to see the sky-high median rent of each city:

  1. New York City, NY: $3,190.11
  2. Boston, MA: $2,446.76
  3. Jersey City, NJ: $2,438.34
  4. Oakland, CA: $2,289.93
  5. Cambridge, MA: $2,242.20
  6. Los Angeles, CA: $2,113.99
  7. Washington, DC: $2,115.15
  8. Irvine, CA: $1,996.61
  9. Seattle, WA: $1,970.54
  10. Pasadena, CA: $1,970.54

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Methodology

Move.org analyzed the most affordable college towns by looking into US towns that have at least one college and a population of more than 15,000 people.

Of the cities on our list, we broke down each one’s cost of living by three factors:

  • Living (60%)—Living expenses had the greatest pull in determining how expensive it is to live in each town. To determine this, we averaged the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in a city center, the average cost of utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, and garbage), and the minimum wage. In cities where the minimum wage varied, we based it on the wage of a large company (over fifteen employees) that doesn’t offer health care benefits.
  • Travel (30%)—To calculate how much it would cost to get around the town or to the town, we averaged out the price of a one-way train ticket and a gallon of gas.
  • Entertainment (10%)—Because nightlife and recreational activities are important factors to consider when moving somewhere—especially for college students—we looked at the cost of both a movie ticket and a domestic beer.

About Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell
A Washington, DC, native turned West Coast transplant, Julia is a full-time writer and amateur hiker. Experienced in relocating, she knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to all things moving.
  • Meemaw Rees

    This is the biggest crock of shit I’ve ever seen. Let’s take #13 for example, and one I have intimate experience with- Burlington, Vermont. We’ll do the nuts and bolts first. Median rent is $1222.06, with a minimum wage of $10.50. Yes, that’s a decent minimum wage comparatively, but at a 40 hr work week that means you’re pulling $1680 before taxes and before utilities. So before you can even go to the University of Vermont at $31k plus a year, you already can’t afford to buy food… And isn’t this geared toward college kids who with a full time course load often don’t even work full time? I’ve lived/worked in Boston which was on the “Top 10 Most Expensive College Town” list and found nicer apartments for less money than Burlington Vermont, with all the culture of being in a city, and much better paying jobs. I know it’s anecdotal, but I call bullshit on your stats. Not that it matters, but gas has not been under $2.99 a gallon in ages, a beer is NOT $2.54 anywhere, nor has it been under $5-6 for years, and there’s no goddamn train anywhere even in Burlington.