Although it is notoriously expensive to live in NYC, Manhattan especially, I've found that living in Brooklyn provides a balance between (relatively) cheaper living and access to a slew of food, culture, and a variety of activities. However, it must be said that not all of Brooklyn is moderately priced. In fact, some neighborhoods are equally, or MORE, expensive than some neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Cost of living in Bozeman, Montana has turned from the ruts to the runnings. Halts on new building permits and construction have changed to an overwhelming amount of incoming tourists and family transplants alike all searching for their piece of paradise. We are once again growing, literally one of the fastest growing valleys in all of Montana. House prices have raised considerably. What use to cost 250,000 in the slumps of 2009 is now going for around 320,000 or more.
Rents have skyrocketed in Auckland at present. 2 Bedroom apartments start at $390 per week. If you want a decent family home (one with no mould or leaks) with insulation and in a safe area without gangs or violence look to pay $600 per week plus in Auckland at present. Decent internet: $30 per week (paid monthly in advance). Power for apartment $50 per week. Power for House look to pay $60 per week in summer (winter will run $100 per week depending on heating).