Survey: How Much Is Your Monthly Rent or Mortgage?

Living in the central Midwest has many advantages. Amazing barbecue, wide open spaces, backyards and the ability to rent an apartment without fear of bedbugs. But one of the biggest advantages we have going for us is our low cost of living. Although we work hard to keep a roof over our heads, we know that for what we pay here, we'd only be able to afford us a shoe box in other cities!

Although wages might be a little higher in some places to help compensate for high cost of living, that's not always the case. In some places, a higher rent or mortgage is just the standard and not because you have to pay extra for deposit or down payment.

We've lived all over and have paid a great deal more than we pay now and a great deal less. It all depends on where you land, so for those considering a career change or are looking to spend as little as possible to enjoy other fine things in life, we're running a very casual survey. To participate, list off your location, home size and monthly rent or mortgage costs below. Maybe there's a city you never knew you wanted to live in — until you found out you'd be paying half of what you do now!

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.

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