I've been independent for a while, but I still live on the edge of a major city. I'd like to move further out into the sticks, but still want a city job market available to me if all my edges die. I am not single, so I'm still forced to stay near where the jobs and schools are. Has anyone solved this problem in any systematic way? I have not had enough time to diversify into as many multiple edges as I would have liked, and am always under constant fear that I will not be able to develop new edges before the old ones die out. Typically, an edge for me lasts anywhere from 4 to 8 months. So, for example, in the NYC area one idea would be to live at the very far end of the metro north train line. In Chicago, perhaps on the Wisconsin border. As an example, where is the ideal spot in either of those major cities to get the absolute lowest cost of living, but still switch over to being employed in case of edge death?