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Cost of moving: Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby is the state's largest single attraction.

The Kentucky Derby is the state's largest single attraction.

Kentucky was made the 15th state after separating from Virginia in 1792. Those who live there laud its parks as some of the best in the country. The state is affordable, and its metropolitan areas are excellent for finding jobs. So if you're looking for a place where the homes are inexpensive and the hiring is plentiful, call up a moving company and head down to Kentucky. 

Most people can't say "Kentucky" without adding "Derby." The nation's most famous horse race has been run every year since 1875 at the Churchill Downs in Louisville. Though the Kentucky Derby itself only lasts about two minutes, it is the endcap of a two-week celebration of all things Kentucky. The Kentucky Derby Festival is the state's single largest event and features boat races, balloon races and parades in anticipation of the main event.

Louisville is the state's largest city, and with a population of nearly 600,000, it is the 27th largest city in the country. Those who move to the area don't need to make horse racing their favorite sport to fit in. The city is home to the Louisville Bats Minor League Baseball team, as well as the University of Louisville, which competes in football, basketball, soccer and women's rowing. Amateur sports enthusiasts and hippies alike can delight in the city's many frisbee golf courses.

Louisville ranks very low on a list of expensive places to live compiled by cost-of-living site Xpatulator.com. Out of 780 U.S. cities, Louisville ranks 681. Everything from clothing to education to rent is more affordable. Even alcohol and tobacco is less expensive here than in 723 other cities across the country. According to real estate guru Bert Sperling, the median home price in Louisville is roughly $107,000.

Another great place to call home might be Lexington in central Kentucky. Though not as big as Louisville with a population of roughly 295,000, it is located within easy driving distance of Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville and Knoxville, giving residents a plethora of out-of-state entertainment options in addition to those contained within the city. Strict city zoning laws keep Lexington green and spacious, something that will appeal to nature lovers and families. It is a little pricier than Louisville, though not by much. CNN places the median house price in Lexington at roughly $140,000.