The trick is to find a city on its way up, before it gets trendy and everyone wants to live there so real estate gets bidded up. Too late for Denver, Portland too.
A lot of people think Nevada is rising. Reno is really not a bad little town but the gambling industry there is almost dead because there are Indian Casinos all around California. But Tesla is building a billion-dollar battery plant there and other companies could discover it. It's in the mountains (sort of) so it's not broiling hot like most of the rest of Nevada. Close to some beautiful natural stuff--mountains, skiing, camping, hiking, etc. And prostitutes. 8^)