If anyone out there can understand, I'd appreciate some advice. I desperatly want to get out of Ohio. I've been here too long and the lack of cultural and ethnic diversity is suffocating me. My hubby and I are considering east coast (DC or north) for residency but we just can't reconcile the cost of living on the east coast with what residents earn. The place we are at right now has one of the lowest cost of living in the entire country so regardless of where we move, it will seem expensive to us. Assuming I am the only one working, how can we afford a 2 br apartment out east? In the midwest, my classmates are talking about buying homes or townhouses during residency. Are residents able to do this in DC, Philly, or NY? What areas should I look at that would be culturally diverse and still provide a reasonable cost of living for us? This may seem silly to those of you who have grown up in a large city your whole life, but any advice would be very welcome. How does everyone manage?