Good luck finding that combination- not impossible perhaps, but difficult.
The combination of available jobs & distance to communities with other ammenities (hospitals, shopping centers, etc) also drives home prices. Property prices in the more rural areas(Snowshoe, Clearfield Co) are lower because there are typically not many opportunities for employment.
Here in S Central PA the homes prices are higher, and so are the employment opportunities. We have some of the lowest unemployment in the state and a strong economy, so people have money to spend-at flea markets and elsewhere. We also have higher real estate property prices.
You might consider taking the cash you have, and use it as a downpayment on a property in an area that has better job possibilities.
Just a thought.
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