Originally Posted by ~Dixie's_Mom~
I'm in the Nashville area. Franklin and anything in Williamson county is expensive, but I'm in maury county (right on the Williamson line) and its much more affordable and just as beautiful. Very safe, quiet neighborhoods. Right between the country and the city so you get the best of both. If you have kids, the schools suck here though. Williamson county has great schools (I graduated from there) but Maury not so much. My siblings are homeschooled though so it works.
That's odd all of the apartments I've looked at have been pretty reasonable. And that's compared to Austin which is already pretty cheap. Also no kids.
I should mention that I'm a graphic designer. While i can work anywhere, i have a better chance and salary in a big city. So outlying areas are pretty low on my list.