Hasbro made headlines recently when it taglined its new Monopoly for Millennials game, “Forget real estate, you can’t afford it anyway,” which, while humorous, is only accurate in a dozen or so cities. If you’re not looking to move to San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York City, or other A-list locales, housing is still pretty affordable. Of course, sometimes said affordable housing is in places you can’t really envision moving. Lovely as cities like Dayton, Ohio, and Lansing, Michigan, may be, they’re not likely to top any “fastest-growing” lists until climate change really kicks into high gear.
That said, there are some cities around the country where housing is still pretty cheap, the weather is nice, and cultural and recreational opportunities abound. While they may not have the high demand of top-tier metro areas, they offer most of the same amenities at a fraction of the price. Here are nine cities worth a look, where even millennials saddled with student loans can afford a house — and a pretty awesome quality of life.