15 Cheapest Cities to Live in the United States
What cities will help your dollar go farthest? Check out these places where the cost of living is low, based on a survey by Apartment Guide.
With the lowest average apartment rental prices in the country per Apartment Guide’s data—just $401 a month—Florence tops the list of cheap places to live. Located in the northwest corner of the state, Florence’s claims to fame are that it’s home to the Rosenbaum House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in the state, the birthplace of Helen Keller, and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and more recorded. It also earned a spot on our list of the best-kept secret in every state.
The ninth-largest city in Oklahoma is also one of the cheapest places to live in the United States, with a one-bedroom apartment renting for an average of $443 a month, and the median home price at just over $97,000. Liveability.com ranked Enid as one of the top 10 best cities for conservatives, with more than 60 percent of its population registered Republican.
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Located right along the state line with Oklahoma, Siloam Springs is known for the spring water that feeds Sager Creek, and its location at the edge of the Ozark Mountains. Rents are just $460 a month, while the median home price is $153,500, according to Trulia. Ready to retire? Discover the 15 cheapest towns that are perfect for your Golden Years.
Located on Lake Charleston, this tiny town boasts a low cost of living, with average rentals at $464 a month and median home prices at $95,700. The average commute in Charleston is also well below average—most people spend just 26 minutes to get to work and back home again, well below the national average of 52 minutes, according to Sperling’s Best Places. It’s a college town, with Eastern Illinois University located there.
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Nearby Fort Sill is one of the biggest employers in this low-cost city, where rents average $475, and the median home price is $124,500. It also has a commute time well below the national average, at 14 minutes one-way. America doesn’t have a lock on cheap living; these towns around the world are so cheap, you barely have to work.
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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The second-largest city in Arkansas is also one of the cheapest places to live, with a median home value of $109,000, according to Zillow, and an average rent just below $500 a month, according to Apartment Guide. It’s situated right on the Arkansas River.
Asheboro, North Carolina
A quiet city in the center of North Carolina, Asheboro offers gorgeous views of the Uwharrie Mountains from its low-cost housing options. The city’s claim to fame is the North Carolina Zoo, the largest one in the state, and the North Carolina Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame. It was also ranked as the 7th best city for conservatives by Livability.com.
Located along the Ohio River, Newburgh has worked to preserve its historic buildings, giving its downtown an old-fashioned vibe. It’s a quiet town, with only a little more than 3,000 people living there. But you might want to move there soon—Zillow ranks its housing market as “hot,” meaning that $200,000 median home price is destined to rise. Here are 15 more places in the United States you should check out before they get too popular.
Located near the Tennessee River and Wheeler Lake, Decatur’s median home price is $179,950, while rental prices run around $508 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. Looking for a little natural beauty? Livability.com ranked Decatur as one of the 10 best places for fall foliage in the country.
If you’ve ever fancied traveling on historic Route 66, here’s your opportunity—it runs right through this teeny town in Missouri. Average rent prices here are $510 per month, while the median home value hovers around $184,000. You’ll also be located right in the middle of the beautiful Ozarks.
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You may be better off buying than renting in Trotwood—the median home price is just under $60,000. Located just outside Dayton and a short drive from Columbus and Cincinnati, the overall cost of living here is 22 percent lower than the national average. For more cities where you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck, check out these 10 cities where you can live well on under $40,000 a year.
Pascagoula, a former fishing village, became a lot more bustling during World War II, when it helped with the shipbuilding effort. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s an affordable town that affords you access to the shore.
Bowling Green, Ohio
This vibrant college town sports a young population—the median age is just 23, according to Livability.com. Located in northwestern Ohio, just outside of Toledo, it’s in the former Great Black Swamp, which was drained in the 19th century.
Located in western Wisconsin, Menomonie was ranked #15 in Smithsonian magazine’s best small towns in America. It boasts an average rent nearly 60 percent lower than the national average, at $540 per month. If you’re looking to buy, the median house price is $172,900, and it’s on the rise, up more than 8 percent last year, according to Zillow.
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Austintown is in the northeastern “Oh-Penn” region, close to Ohio’s border with Pennsylvania. The average rent is $543.83, while the median home price, $91,700, means it’s also pretty affordable to buy your own place. Before you pack up and go, make sure you know the 15 things no one tells you about moving to a small town.