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.


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.

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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."