Kaysville, Utah

Situated about twenty miles north of Salt Lake City, Kaysville offers a high quality, suburban lifestyle. Homes are both new and moderately priced. Majestic mountains, beautiful lakes and city entertainment are all within a short drive.

Skiing enthusiasts will find Kaysville particularly appealing. Popular ski resorts such as Alta and Park City are less than an hour away by car. In summer, spectacular Great Salt Lake not only offers a plethora of water sports, but also has several sandy, public beaches. Summers are typically quite warm but comfortable because of the very low humidity. Winters might be a bit snowy for some, but that dry, powdery snow is what makes for such perfect ski conditions. Schools are among the best in Utah.

The magnificent Greater Salt Lake City Area

Kaysville has plenty of nearby job opportunities being located just north of Salt Lake City and south of Ogden. Crime is low and several hospitals are in the vicinity. Families take pride in their town and many choose to stay generation after generation. Lots of mom and pop shops thrive in Kaysville and give the town a wonderful feeling of community. There are several parades in the warmer months. Salt Lake City International Airport is a convenient twenty minute drive for that weekend getaway.

If suburban life, city culture and mountain tranquility all appeal to you, pack your bags and pay a visit to the western haven of Kaysville, Utah!

Kaysville stats:

Total Population: 30,328

Median home value: $293,800

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 91 degrees F.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 36 degrees F.

Average annual rainfall: 21 inches

Average annual snowfall: 43 inches

Fun fact: People are kind and generous in Kaysville. It’s one of the top ten towns in America with the largest charity contributions as a percentage of income. Bravo Kaysville!

North Canton, Ohio

North Canton is an appealing, suburban community in northeastern Ohio. It can be a bit cold for some in winter, but it’s far enough south of Lake Erie that it doesn’t get plagued from the very heavy lake effect snows like areas further to the north. 

This Midwestern suburb offers its residents a good quality of life. The attractive, tree-lined streets have a wide variety of affordable, well-kept homes. North Canton is a close-knit community, where families often choose to live from one generation to the next. Schools in North Canton are excellent and crime is low. Nearby Canton has a lot to do, plus larger cities like Cleveland and Columbus are close enough for day or weekend trips. Cleveland is about a one hour drive north and Columbus is two hours to the southwest. Pittsburgh is only two hours away as well, so North Canton is in a very convenient crossroads.

 

Covered bridge in eastern Ohio

The Canton area has a large array of job opportunities in most industries. The city has no shortage of restaurant varieties, cafes, pubs, entertainment and local events. If you’re into fishing, swimming and water sports on America’s wonderful Great Lakes, Lake Erie beaches are only an hour away. It’s also nice to take a leisurely drive around the rolling, wooded hills that surround North Canton. The fall colors in eastern Ohio are magnificent. You can find local farm stands, beautiful parks, hiking trails and so much more. Ohio’s Amish Country is only about 40 miles southwest of North Canton.

If you’re seeking an affordable, friendly, Midwestern community with a lot going for it, put the very livable North Canton on your list!

North Canton stats:

Total Population: 17,400

Median home value: $143,900

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 83 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 33 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 39 inches

Average annual snowfall: 39 inches

Fun fact: The Pro Football Hall of Fame is only four miles from North Canton!

 

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Carson City, Nevada

What’s the only state capital to make it into Top Locales so far? Answer: Carson City, Nevada! This picturesque western city is only minutes from gorgeous mountains, horseback rides in the desert, and the breathtaking beauty of Lake Tahoe. Nearby Reno, the “biggest little city in America”, offers lots of entertainment. If you’re taking a trip somewhere or have friends or family flying in, Reno-Tahoe International Airport is only a 25 minute drive from Carson City.

Carson City may not be the first place one may think of for raising a family, but it excels in that area as well. The city has great schools and low crime. The climate is healthy as well. At a high 4,802 ft above sea level, afternoon temperatures in summer aren’t too hot. The humidity is comfortably low. Planning a picnic or a softball game? Go for it, sunny Carson City only receives 9 inches of rain the entire year! The winters aren’t bad either, with high temperatures relatively mild in the 40’s.

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Kit Carson monument

You’ll find a nice downtown in Carson City where you could meet and mingle with all your cool new neighbors. In terms of jobs, there are a good number of state government opportunities in town. Plus, the larger city of Reno has an even larger job market and is a fairly short commute by car. When it comes to outdoor activities, the Lake Tahoe area has premium ski resorts, swimming, water sports and scenic hikes, just to name a few. This is a very environmentally healthy part of the USA too, with protected forests and clean, crisp mountain air.

The Carson City area offers the best of the mountains, deserts, lakes, four easy seasons and sunshine all year long. The good life here is just waiting for you!

Carson City stats:

Total Population: 54,219

Median home value: $217,400

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 88 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 45 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 9 inches

Average annual snowfall: 17 inches

Fun facts: The largest silver discovery in world history was in 1859 at Comstock Lode, just outside Carson City. Carson City was also a stop along the famous Pony Express!

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Believe it or not, there are some affordable places to live in the greater New York City area. South Plainfield is a quiet, suburban village that fits well in this category.

Located about 29 miles southwest of downtown Manhattan, residents of South Plainfield have a relatively short commute to NYC via nearby mass transit. New York City combined with northern and central NJ offer one of the largest job markets in the country.

Property taxes for the average one-family house in South Plainfield will run around $6,000 annually. That may seem high, but it’s a steal for suburban NYC. The school system here is also highly rated. When you factor the high salaries of this part of the USA with the moderate property taxes, the cost-of-living in South Plainfield is fairly low.

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Rutgers University in nearby New Brunswick

South Plainfield is a very safe, family-oriented place. Many families will continue to stay here generation after generation because it has so much to offer. That can make it a bit tougher to find available houses compared to other towns, but they’re definitely out there.

There isn’t much of a downtown here, but northern New Jersey is near just about everything. New York City is about a 40 minute drive, plus several Atlantic beaches are only 40 minutes away as well. The Jersey Shore showcases miles and miles of scenic ocean beaches, boardwalks, amusements, events and restaurants. There’s so much to do on the Jersey Shore, many people will stay for the whole week or a long weekend. The mountains of NJ, NY and PA are a short drive as well, with plenty of hiking and skiing.

The weather in South Plainfield isn’t bad at all. Summers are warm and snow most winters isn’t that overwhelming. Excellent health care like Overlook Medical Center are a short drive away.

So if you didn’t think you could afford suburban life in the New York City area, think again! Take a look at South Plainfield, it may just change your mind.

South Plainfield stats:

Total Population: 24,154

Median Home Value: $325,400

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 87 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 39 degrees.

Average annual rainfall is 48 inches.

Average annual snowfall is 24 inches.

Fun fact: Let’s face it, the pizza and bagels of the NYC area are by far the best in the country. I would just advise NOT ordering pineapple on your pizza here, it could be considered sacrilegious in north Jersey!

Stokesdale, North Carolina

This quiet town in northwestern North Carolina has grown tremendously over the past few decades. From 2000 to 2010, the population increased by 54 percent! However with a current population of only 5,331, it still has a small town feel.

Situated about equidistant between Winston-Salem and Greensboro, there are a good number of job opportunities within a fairly short commute. Winston-Salem is quickly become known as one of the artsier cities in North Carolina, so you’ll have arts and culture a short drive away. Schools in Stokesdale are excellent and many homes are spacious, new and reasonably-priced. Piedmont Triad International Airport is only a few miles from Stokesdale.

You might be thinking, North Carolina gets very hot and humid. While the summers are long, one plus about this part of the state is it’s less than a two hour drive to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. In summer, towns like Boone and Banner Elk are about 15 degrees cooler than the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area due to the higher elevation. It’s much less humid in the NC mountains too! Lots of skiing in the area in winter as well. Great for a quick weekend getaway. If you’re seeking nearby water sports, Belews Lake is a large, popular lake right outside Stokesdale.

The rolling hills of western North Carolina

Winters are pretty short in Stokesdale, and the town receives an average of only six inches of snowfall annually. If places like California and Florida aren’t appealing to you because they don’t really have a change in seasons, this part of North Carolina strikes a nice balance between long summers and just a bit of a chill and snow in the winter. The only drawback is North Carolina and Virginia can be infamous for being right between the rain to the south and snow to the north during large winter storms…which means freezing rain and sleet. Not fun to travel in, but it’s not terribly common and some winters they don’t see that kind of precipitation at all.

Another cool thing about Stokesdale is you won’t have to worry about being one of the only people from out-of-town. North Carolina has become a huge magnet for people from places like New York City and Washington DC seeking a lower cost-of-living. I have friends that moved from the NYC area to the Raleigh area many years ago, and were constantly running into people who also moved there from the Northeast. As a result, they never really felt alienated and adjusted to their new home quite well. Stokesdale could very well have the low cost-of-living, inexpensive homes, great schools and quiet lifestyle that is just right for you too!

Stokesdale stats:

Total Population: 5,331

Median home value: $189,600

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 88 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 48 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 44 inches

Average annual snowfall: 6 inches

Fun fact: The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro is one of the most popular museums in North Carolina: https://www.sitinmovement.org/…and check out it’s magnificent reviews on Trip Advisor!

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Hilliard, Ohio

If you’re seeking midwestern Americana and a suburban lifestyle, you should highly consider Hilliard, OH. Situated just a few miles northwest of Columbus, Hilliard residents enjoy a very short daily commute downtown. The schools are highly-rated and property taxes are moderate. The City of Hilliard contains a combination of newly-built developments and charming houses built within the last 60 years or so. Crime is very low. Columbus has risen far above Cleveland and Cincinnati over the past few decades to be the largest city in Ohio. It’s a thriving city with a surprisingly fun college vibe in some areas for a city so large. Many top hospitals are within a short drive of Hilliard.

Columbus skyline

There are a number of lakes with swimming and boating in the Columbus area, mostly north and east of the city. The morning low temperatures can be quite cold in winter during Arctic blasts, but the frigid outbreaks don’t last nearly has long in Hilliard as they do in other parts of the Midwest (e.g. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa). Snowfall isn’t terribly high. Summers are warm and humid, but not stifling. Spring can bring about thunderstorms, but Hilliard lies well east of Tornado Alley. Central Ohio in general is a great place to settle for the long haul, check it out!

Hilliard stats:

Total Population: 34,386

Median home value: $225,799

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 86 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 37 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 38 inches

Average annual snowfall: 22 inches

Fun fact: Hilliard has the only flag from the World Trade Center that is not in a museum. The flag is located in front of the fire department on Northwest Pkwy.

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Hanover Township, PA

Do you want to live in the northeastern US but find the suburbs have too high a cost-of-living? Take a look at Hanover Township, PA. Situated in the Allentown-Bethlehem area, it’s close to job opportunities, good schools, has low housing prices and low crime. It’s a very short drive to ski resorts, whitewater rafting, hiking/biking trails, casinos and modern family-oriented resorts. Philadelphia and historic Pennsylvania Dutch Country are close-by as well. Or drive just 90 minutes east and you have all that New York City has to offer! The Jersey Shore beaches are an easy weekend drive away as well.

[Sidebar: Pennsylvania has two townships named “Hanover”. This article is about the one outside Bethlehem, as stated above.]

Winters can be a bit cold and snowy some years but rarely brutal. Cold Canadian air masses in winter are modified by both the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean by the time they reach eastern PA.

Hanover Township offers it’s residents a wonderful lifestyle, while truly being in the center of it all. Didn’t think you couldn’t afford the pricey Northeast? Think again, Hanover Township may be just for you!

Pennsylvania countryside

Hanover Township stats:

Total Population: 11,385

Median home value: $283,700

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 84 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 38 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 48 inches

Average annual snowfall: 35 inches

Fun Fact: The nearby city of Bethlehem comes alive around Christmas with miles of colorful lights and festive events. It will surely put you in the holiday spirit every year!