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Winston-Salem named in top 5 ‘affordable cities’

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Twin City has been ranked one of the best in the country when it comes to affordable living.

The website conducted the research and ranked the city No. 2 based on home and rental prices, income and amenities.

“I realized right off the bat that this is an incredible value,” said Elizabeth Carlson, who moved to the city 19 years ago from Boston to raise her family. “You can live a good quality life with lots of nice amenities without paying a fortune.”

The financial website looked at the city's median house price of $106,000 which is $60,000 less than the national average. The city's average rental price for a 1-bedroom apartment is $585, which is $200 less than the national average.

Other factors included the city's award-winning restaurants, brewery's, theaters, parks and downtown which has become a destination in itself.

“I work with a lot people in Charlotte, New York and out West,” said Winston-Salem resident Michelle Clifton. “It is by far the most reasonable housing and provides job opportunities here as well.”

Top 5

1 Buffalo, NY
2 Winston-Salem, NC
3 Jacksonville, FL
4 Cincinnati, OH
5 Louisville, KY


  • FaithC

    Have the people, who put this list together, ever been to the cities they have listed? All those cities have a few nice sections and the rest are slums with high crime rate. If they figure the price to live in the slums into their average of course it looks like the housing is cheaper.

  • Curious

    The high tax liberals move here and immediately insist we change our laws to make our cities as much of a rat hole as where they came from. If you are going to move to a conservative city, you had better make sure you understand we don’t want your “progress” and all the misery and immorality that goes along with it. If things were so great where you came from, go back there. If not, join us in rejecting communism and socialism in the guise of compassion.

  • Nathan

    Outside of Louisville, that’s a pretty cesspool of places to live. Not sure I’d want to be on that list.

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