15. Eugene, Oregon
Eugene, in western Oregon, is breathtakingly gorgeous. The metro area offers mountain views, waterfalls, dense forests, and beautiful lakes and reservoirs. But living in the area has become an unsustainable dream for many.
The cost of housing — whether rented or owned — can be incredibly high, and the same goes for property taxes. Unemployment has remained above 4%, and it can be tough to find a job that will cover your housing costs.
Those who feel forced to pack their bags are eager to head to Portland or Seattle. While those metro areas are hardly more affordable, they may hold better job opportunities.