Cities or towns a trucker might consider living in and building a life?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Newdriver813, Sep 16, 2023.

  1. Newdriver813

    Newdriver813 Bobtail Member

    Jan 8, 2023
    Been living in the truck, but I want to start building my life outside the truck again.

    If you guys had no car, low credit score and just cash, what city would you go to and how would you start building a life outside the truck again?
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  3. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
    Las Vegas immediately comes to mind. There are plenty of others for a variety of reasons.
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  4. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    Start by building a credit history.
    Pre paid credit card, a Walmart card or a monthly payment such as a bank loan.
    I'd think of the few states that have no sales tax, offer affordable homes and/or properties and are near where you'd like to live after your career.
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  5. ibcalm19

    ibcalm19 Road Train Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    You have to put your likes and dislikes on a sheet. It will put you in the place you would like to reside. Warm weather or cold weather climate, City live, rural area, mountains, beaches etc
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  6. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Williesburg, Virignia
    With all due respect, you are not providing enough information. Are you retiring or planning to stay a driver or moving into a non-driving job?

    This question is very close to asking what cell phone company you use! Every member of this forum will have an opinion on a city to move to. No car? Are you planning to use public transportation or buy a vehicle? Many different dynamics at play here to give an intelligent answer based on so little information!
  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I personally want cheaper, colder, and more of my class of people. I can’t get more specific than that due to forum rules on political posts. Idaho, Montana or the Dakotas spring to mind but the lack of places to work scares me.
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  8. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    From what I read, Fort Wayne, IN is the cheapest place in the country to live.

    Not for me but something you may want to consider to get a foothold on your life.
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  9. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    As suggested need to specify what you really want -- do you prefer a small town look & feel....or do you want a place with access to more stores, services....& events? What kind of cultural events appeal to you?

    Example: If you like country music -- something nearer Nashville, TN might be a good idea.

    Since you don't have a car -- you will want someplace that is pedestrian-friendly -- lots of sidewalks/bike paths and/or hiking trails.

    You will also probably want someplace where you can walk to/from a decent grocery store without fighting ice/snow in the winter. This probably means you will want something south of say, I-40 in the southern states.

    Another idea: since you don't have a car, you might look for places that have good access to services like Uber & Lyft.

    Dennixx (above) is right -- life in America is much tougher if you don't have decent credit. Whether it's buying a house, car, or renting an apartment, really need to get those credit scores up if you don't want to get totally shafted on major purchases...& other life events. Employers in many cases now look at credit well as insurance companies.

    Stay away from places that don't have decent truck parking options; a good example: the Phenix City, Al/Columbus, GA area.

    FAIR WARNING: You might consider staying in your truck longer....& just stash more cash....until you get those credit scores up (depending on how low they are). :confused:

    -- L
  10. Newdriver813

    Newdriver813 Bobtail Member

    Jan 8, 2023
    I’ve lived in Reno and my comps at the mgm would give some free rooms while I’m on my hometime, I actually left Nevada to start trucking. All my family is in Florida and that’s basically where I’m at, but would like to hear all opinions.
  11. Newdriver813

    Newdriver813 Bobtail Member

    Jan 8, 2023
    I like Tallahassee but it’s not as convenient as I would like it, the airport isn’t 24/7, very limited truck parking.
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