Living the Good Life in a Mid-Sized City

Nov 3, 2017 by

The big city life is fun but tiring. You often need roommates just to make rent each month, and you have to share the streets with thousands of other commuters, all of whom seem to get on the major highways at exactly the same time as you do every weekday. Then there’s the cost of living. It’s not exactly cheap in big cities, and it seems to be going up every year, and wages aren’t really keeping pace. There are people fleeing the big cities for the rural life, but there are also plenty of people who are just looking for a happy medium.

That happy medium exists in mid-sized cities. We’re talking about cities that have at least 200,000 people, but no more than 500,000, because once you get to a half-million, that’s pretty darn big. It’s big-city adjacent, at least. Mid-sized cities are usually experiencing growth, but not so much growth that the middle class is priced out completely. There’s plenty to do and see, and there are occasional traffic jams, but on most days, it doesn’t take an hour just to drive fifteen miles up the interstate. Here are a couple of mid-sized cities worth your time.


Cincinnati is technically in the Midwest, but this city of about 300,000 on the Ohio River is within spitting distance of the American South. In fact, the international airport that serves Cincinnati is actually located in Northern Kentucky. Lesser cities would face an identity crisis, but not Cincinnati. The Queen City is a major hub for industries thanks to its central location (a significant chunk of the country’s population lives within a one-day drive of the city). City business leaders love to brag about how Cincinnati has more Fortune 500 company headquarters per capita than any other place in the United States. The cost of living is below the national average, and so are home prices. If you’re looking to move to Cincinnati metro area, start your housing search at SW Ohio Real Estate. You’ll find that it’s easy to get comfortable here, but you won’t be bored.

Kansas City

The population of Kansas City comes in at around 480,000 souls. It’s the biggest city in Missouri, but it’s not so big that you’ll feel overwhelmed. The people of Kansas City have tons of Midwestern hospitality to go along with the city’s famous barbecue (it’s dry rubbed and served with tomato-based barbecue sauce, if you’re wondering). Don’t lose sight of the city’s other foods, though, including great pies fresh out of the pizza oven. Everything from pickup trucks to dishwashing detergent is made in the Kansas City area, and you’ll also find that there’s an abundance of jobs available in the federal government. Kansas City sits right on the Missouri-Kansas state line (there’s also a Kansas City, Kansas), meaning you can feel free to root for the legendary Kansas Jayhawks college basketball team if you’re so inclined. If you prefer professional sports, take in a Chiefs football game or a Royals baseball game.

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