I'm looking for places cheaper than Austin when it comes to cost of living.
The same guy that created that also recently made a second project of crowdsourced neighborhood characteristics within each city. For example, if you want to find where the tech or hipster neighborhood in a given city is.
For example, SF:
The answer would be Tucson, AZ and San Antonio, TX.
If budget isn't important you have more options:
- Gainesville, FL
- Tampa, FL
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Jacksonville, FL
- Austin, TX
- Santa Monica, CA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Houston, TX
- Orlando, FL
If you're okay with outside United States, you have countless more options:
From Portugal to Taiwan, Israel to Ecuador, Colombia to Thailand.
P.S. this is based on "mild" temperatures as you said. If you're fine with warm/hot climates, there's even more options.
P.S.2. the cost of living data on Nomad List is now 90%+ accurate.
Data is crowdsourced but cross checked with public cost of living data for accuracy.
This site doesn't seem to take into account things like buying a house and property taxes.
You can rank/sort by more long-term attributes like quality of life, rent price etc. Property taxes are too granular data to collect for me and impossible to keep up-to-date for 1,000+ cities though.
See https://nomadlist.com/#sort=life_score for a more long-term quality of life ranking of cities.
The reason I live here is because it has my favorite season year round, allowing me to do the hobbies I love year round. spearfishing, hiking, boating, etc. We get a lot of sun, which makes my mood much better than a dark or rainy place.
Having lived in New England, the winter was always kind of something you had to get through that I didn't enjoy.