Obviously didn't areas are different prices but I'm just curious. For shitty reasons, I have to move out of my good deal. Currently, I have a 3-bedroom 1100 square foot manufactured house and pay $711 a month ($520 of it is land rent). But I have to leave so I'm looking for something else. what sucks is that places are just so friggen expensive. for the price I a paying for this 3-bedroom house, I can maybe get a 1 bedroom in a suburb outside of Seattle. If I want Seattle, I'll be lucky to get a studio for that price. Thank god i got a job and one that pays me $48k a year or I'd be REALLY screwed. I'm just tryin to decide where to live. I can afford Seattle but obviously a bigger portion of my paycheck would go towards rent. The thing that worries me is that I've only been at my job two weeks and with the economy like it is, no job is stable. If I lose the job and am living in Seattle, even unemployment wouldn't pay enough to make rent probably, let alone other bills. Hell, the only reason I made it on unemployment before is that I have a roommate that pays half of everything. If I have a studio or 1 bedroom that's obviously not a possibility. I'd really like to live in Seattle but I'm not sure if it's worth the risk. I mean, I am paying $126 a month to take the train from where I live now in Kent to Seattle so I'd not have to pay that but even so, Kent is still cheaper. Plus if I end up losing my job, Kent is a better location as it's halfway between Seattle and Tacoma (another "big" city) so I'd have a bigger range of job opportunities. If I just live in Seattle, I pretty much have to work in Seattle. Anywho, what would you all recommend? And how much do you all pay for your rent/mortgage? And some people say you should spend only a certain percentage of your income on rent. Do you believe that is right? I read that you should spend like 25% of your monthly income on all housing costs (including utilities). Hell, even with me making quite a bit more than I used to, there is no way that 25% of my income would pay for housing including utilties, even in the cheaper places.