The 10 best bang-for-your-buck cities in the US

Vancouver, Washington

"This town has almost everything people look for in Portland, but at a way more reasonable cost. It has quality restaurants, year-round festivals, and beautiful surroundings for almost any outdoor hobby. And when you crave a big city scene, you can pay half the rent and still have Portland just 15 minutes away.

Eats/Drinks:

Get Greek gyros at Touch of Athens or go to The Grocery Cocktail Social for local food and specialty spirits, all from Washington. Visit Ice Cream Renaissance for a late night dessert, or try the key-lime pie at Beaches restaurant.

Bang-for-your-buck spots:

The city hosts First Friday Art Walks and a Summer Concert Series in the park. The nearby vineyards offer wine-tasting and the Columbia River gives residents easy access to kayaking, paddle-boarding and scenic walks. Any of the trails along Officer’s Row at Fort Vancouver are also great for hiking."