top affordable places to stay on the east coast
believe it or not, before we settled on SF, i was looking at more affordable places to stay, but still be relatively close to the city. i loved being in nyc, but sometimes the hustle and bustle and the noise was really exhausting. although these cities didn’t work for me (i’m a true cali girl) maybe they will work for you!
Montpelier, Vermont - According to moving and relocation company United Van Lines, Vermont was the No. 1 state people moved to in 2018. It was also ranked as America’s best state to live in by CNBC thanks to its low violent crime rate (the second lowest in the country), healthy population and pristine environment, among other factors. Montpelier in particular is considered to be one of the most progressive cities in the U.S. While it’s the smallest capital city with a population of less than 8,000, it offers a lot in terms of arts and entertainment, an outstanding food scene with lots of farm-to-table cuisine and relatively affordable neighborhoods.
Cincinnati - for its creativity and low cost of living
Stamford, Connecticut - Stamford is often ranked as the top city to live in Connecticut. One of the nation’s fastest growing cities, it’s a college town that offers plenty of amenities with a more laidback pace of life and a very good school system. It’s part of one of the top 25 metro areas for job growth, home to Fortune 500 companies like Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Charter Communications, and it boasts a wide range of cultural attractions too. Residents enjoy easy access to great museums like the Stamford Museum and Nature Center as well as multiple live performance venues and art galleries.
Kennebunk, Maine - This coastal town in southern Maine lies along the Kennebunk River, about a mile from its mouth on the Atlantic. With easy access to the seashore and other waterways, it’s an especially popular spot for water sports lovers who can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing, lobstering and more. Of course, fresh seafood is a given. The center of town hosts Dock Square which offers great shopping, particularly for local crafts, along with a wide array of eateries. It also has a low crime rate, lower than average unemployment and good schools.
Rochester, New York - If you’re looking for an affordable place to live in the northeast, Rochester offers a cost of living that’s significantly below the national average. While it’s the third largest city in New York, it has more of a small town feel with a great sense of community. People are friendly, there are lots of jobs with several large employers like the Rochester General Health System and Wegmans Food Markets, and there’s a fantastic food and nightlife scene as well. Of course, winters are cold and lots of snow is pretty much guaranteed which means if you like to ski or snowboard, it’s ideal. There are a number of ski resorts within just an hour’s drive of downtown.
Hanover, New Hampshire - Often named among the country’s top places to live, Hanover sits along the Connecticut River and offers lots for outdoor lovers. The Appalachian Trail winds through for hiking and there are opportunities for kayaking and canoeing too. In the winter, Occom Pond freezes over for ice skating while the Dartmouth Skiway is popular for downhill skiing. Crime rates are low, and the school system is highly rated too.