What are some of the best affordable areas/states for a single mother to live in?

Cindy - posted on 04/16/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello, i am a 20yr old single mother of a 2yr old toddler. I am looking to move outside of California and would appreciate any information that single mothers could give me about the areas/states they live in. ie. ( How the school/daycare systems work, if the people in their communities are friendly, how hard/easy it is to find a job in that area and even the cost of rent/utilities.) Thank you.

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Angelic - posted on 01/05/2014

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I, myself, am looking to relocate and although I cannot give you any information in terms of the best place to move I can provide you a tip, AVOID Chicago! The job market is horrible, the cost of living is taxing out even some of our own prominent people and the education system (public) is a mess. Thousands of parents are testing their children to get into VERY limited spots for "gifted" programs which offer the most advanced curriculum here unless you have the means to invest in private education. And here in Chicago, the common price tag of a private institution is minimal 20K/year. Yes, that's annual tuition. As a single parent, this is my top priority in determining where I want to relocate as I want the best for my child, but most importantly, I want to be able to afford it! This city is definitely headed toward being developed for the rich. Ask anyone who lives here. And as far as the crime statistics goes, please let me be the first to say the report of "crime reduction" is just statistics and it IS altered. Everything does not get reported. Best of luck to you in your endeavors! Avoid Chicago!

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Christine - posted on 04/16/2013

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How come you want to move? If you don't mind me asking.

To be quite honest, there aren't too many "great" jobs for a high school degree these days. That is why I am in college. A little over two years left, yay! Anyways, but to answer you could get a job as a server, receptionist, daycare worker (might get help with daycare too), hotel clerk, apartment leasing consultant, retail (jewelry, cell phones) I know with apartment leasing you can get a discount on an apartment and you also make commission, same for cell phone companies.

However, you must understand if you move anywhere outside of CA, you will pay out of state tuition for college until you been living the state for "X" amount of years. More than likely, if you qualify for WIC and daycare, I don't see why you wouldnt here. I think here in IN our cost of living is cheaper, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's cheaper.

Also, if the father has any sort of custody (at least here in IN) you must petition the court to approve the move. He can fight it. I had a friend move to FL, but didn't petition the court and she had to come all the way back here for court heariings and eventually HAD to move back. But then again, I do not know your baby daddy situation.

Just some things to think about :)

Christine - posted on 04/16/2013

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I live in Indianapolis, IN. I very much enjoy the school district my son is in, Perry Meridian School District. The only thing I do not like is the inconsistent weather ;) but hey! That's Indiana.

I live in a great community, so thankful, where there are plenty of school aged kids, ranged all over the place. Depending on income, you may be able to receive daycare assistance and rental help. I have a friend who has two children and receives assistance with childcare and is in college and works with me as a server. It's a bit difficult to know what you can afford, because we don't know what kind of job you may qualify for.

But Indianapolis, IN (southside) is a great place to raise a family. I enjoy it and like it here. Best of luck and if you have any more questions, please feel free to ask :)

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