#51 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Georgia
- 556 reviews
Current Resident: I love the historic feel of uptown, the restaurants on Broadway, whitewater rafting down the Chattahoochee River, Ziplining at Zip-the-Hooch and just strolling on the river walk. Columbus is rich with history and has a little bit of the old mix with the new. It boasts one of the largest military bases at Ft. Benning and one of the best Opera houses in the region. Columbus is definitely the place to live!
- 196,670 Population
#52 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Tennessee
- 603 reviews
Current Resident: I have been a Knoxvillian forever! I was born here 17 years ago and I am completely in love with the Knoxville community. The Downtown area of Knoxville is full of amazing restaurants, a theatre, live music, and some cute shops. Knoxville is broken up into several areas. I grew in Halls. It is a bit older looking than Farragut or Sequoyah Hills but nonetheless an amazing place to grow up. I am enrolled in a private school on the other side of town that I simply adore. We have small class sizes and a beautiful campus. I did in fact go to a public elementary school that I loved just the same. My elementary school was large and loving. I learned so much not only in school subjects but in life skills there as well. I would recommend Knoxville to anyone, whether it is for a weekend trip or to live full-time!
- 185,429 Population
#53 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Texas
- 253 reviews
Current Resident: Midland TX is growing very fast! It is located in West Texas, super hot, and in the heart of the oilfield. Midland is a great place for young people looking to find high paying jobs that have opportunities to promote quickly. It is hard for restaurants, grocery stores, & other retail businesses to stay staffed as many people work in the oilfield leaving these types of jobs unfilled. You can move here, work a lot of hours, gain tons of experience including management experience & save money. When you get ready to retire you have plenty saved and if you buy real estate you can sell it & have even more to help you live a great retirement. My husband is currently a restaurant mgr & I work as a hostess & am attending school to complete my BA in Technical Mngmnt with a major in Human Resources. We have purchased a beautiful home here & plan to use our equity as part of our retirement. If you believe in working hard & are looking for great opportunities then Midland is the place to move!
- 135,134 Population
#54 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Texas
- 690 reviews
Current Resident: We've been in Irving for 5 years and love it. We're 15 minutes from DFW and Love Field so travel is a snap. It's only about 15 minutes to downtown Dallas. We can take the TRE into Dallas or Fort Worth. There's a plethora of restaurants. Grocery stores are plentiful. We're also very close to two Amazon warehouses so sometimes we'll order something and get it within hours. South Irving has an undeserved bad reputation. We bought an affordable house in a leafy area of older homes and it's been the best decision we've ever made. Our home sits on a quarter acre and we're able to have a huge garden. Our neighbors are diverse, kind and look out for one another. We plan to retire here, we love it so much!
- 238,637 Population
#55 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Kentucky
- 791 reviews
Current Resident: Lexington is an amazing city to visit and live in. Coming from a small town in Kentucky, I’m in love with the small town vibe Lexington has. The people are genuine and the food is fantastic. The only thing is this city pretty much revolves around the enormous campus of University of Kentucky, so traffic can get a little messy. All the rolling land and numerous horse farms around the city, though, makes it one of the most beautiful cities to live in. Lexington is also great for outdoor activities, such as cycling!
- 318,734 Population
#56 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Illinois
- 384 reviews
Current Resident: My experience with Rockford has been interesting to say the least. I grown up here and have watched this city and community grow and develop in ways I would have never imagined. We have some of the best developers creating amazing and creative lofts in the downtown area, there are plenty of great local restaurants and boutiques, and a thriving local music and art scene. Our community truly comes together to combat tough issues, and although it may not be perfect, it is improving. There is a great sense of inclusion in Rockford several resources for those that may be falling on hard times. Rockford has a lot of history, and I am proud to call it home.
- 147,881 Population
#57 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Pennsylvania
- 333 reviews
Current Resident: Erie is a pretty decent place to live. The cost of renting apartments isn't too high and there are plenty of jobs available! The only issue would be the drug and crime rate, but I would think that most cities have this issue. Thankfully Erie is a very small city, so the traffic isn't too terrible during rush-hour. Another thing to look out for is the winter time. Snow happens and it can happen fast. Definitely have winter tires and all wheel drive if you have a car! Public transportation is pretty widely available and can get you all around the city.
- 98,156 Population
#58 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Iowa
- 252 reviews
Current Resident: So far I have had a great experience living in Des Moines. I have lived in the area for almost 3 years and I have never had any problems with my neighbors. I have moved 3 times in these three years. It is also a great place for people raised in small towns to go out and ease themselves into a city life. It is a good place to learn about other people and their walks of life too! I scored affordability low because it is harder to pay for living for younger adults, especially if you don't have roomates.
- 215,932 Population
#59 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in North Carolina
- 866 reviews
Current Resident: Overall, I love Greensboro! Like anywhere in the world, there are pros and cons. However, Greensboro's positives outweigh any cons. There are so many parks, running/'hiking trails, biking trails, dog parks, and lakes available to the public which make it fun and easy to engage in a healthy lifestyle with my family. Furthermore, I absolutely love how many different restaurants Greensboro has! A few have even been featured in magazines and Food Network to include Scrambled Diner and Hops Burger Bar. My favorite thing about the city is how family-friendly and diverse it is. Just in my neighborhood, there are about 10 different ethnicity in my cul-de -sac. This makes for a warm and embracing atmosphere, especially for the kids! My daughter will be able to grow up understanding cultural differences and values, and she'll be able to better connect with her peers because of it. It is a great place to live!
- 288,719 Population
#60 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Illinois
- 223 reviews
Current Resident: I’m from Saint Louis. My husband got a job here. We have a condo in the Warehouse district & I love, love the area! Same vibe as a few neighborhoods in STL. Went to a few events before COVID, but with COVID a lot has been canceled for the Summer. I feel like there is a lot to do here under normal cirumstances. I can’t speak on schools...as my kids are grown & in college in Missouri. Taxes are higher here for sure! Crime is like STL you just have to be aware of certain areas. Some areas a difference of a few blocks...like STL. No matter where you are always should do research & be aware of your surroundings. The locals are friendly enough. I like it here.
- 114,512 Population
#61 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Michigan
- 1,360 reviews
Former Resident: I've lived in Detroit my entire life and I must say it has it's up and downs. I was born and raised mostly on the eastside. There are really nice areas throughout the city but realistically there are several areas that are rough. If you are not from Detroit I would recommend hanging downtown. Nightlife downtown is beautiful. In the summer enjoy walking along the river. In the winter bundle up and go ice skating in Campus Martius. Downtown Detroit offers many exquisite places to eat. Enjoy a concert at the Fox Theater and host of other venues you can't go wrong. We have three casinos to choose from, and if you like to shop make Woodward Ave your one stop shop. Detroit is great! Cities nearby like Royal Oak, Ferndale, Troy and Grosse Pointe are awesome as well.
- 677,155 Population
#62 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Tennessee
- 517 reviews
Current Resident: Chattanooga became home so quickly when I moved from California. It's a city with hospitality and charm. Not to big and not to small. It has gorgeous views in its downtown area, perfect for a romantic date or a family fun day. Having been to other malls recently, the Hamilton Place mall in Chattanooga truly stands out. Its lively, yet homey. You can find a wide array of options there! There are several universities, which bring a youthful vibe to the city. It's an artsy city. The feel of it is a bliss point between classic and edgy. Would absolutely raise my family here. Outside of downtown Chattanooga, there are peaceful places to settle that are still close to stores. For those who love the thrill of the city, downtown has all the action. For those who like the city, but also prefer the suburb vibe, the area near the mall (Hamilton County - Ooltewah Ringgold Road), is the perfect place to settle down. Ooltewah and Collegedale area is also a little more remote but is still ideal!
- 177,365 Population
#63 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Indiana
- 2,496 reviews
Current Resident: I attended Butler University back in the early 80's, remained for about 10 years, and returned again 3 years ago. There are many positives about this city. Housing is affordable. Prior to moving back, I had been living on the west coast where buying a home would have been impossible for me. The people in the midwest are friendly and welcoming. I know my neighbors! We spend time together. The population is diverse. There are great sporting events. Not only do the Pacers make their home here; but also race fans pour end every summer for the Indy 500. Indianapolis has its own Symphony Orchestra, an Art Museum, a Children's Museum, and lots of great places to eat. Indianapolis has become much more dangerous over the years, however. In 2018, it was considered the 10th most dangerous city in the country based on the number on violent crimes. Indiana is a conservative state; however, Indy is reasonably forward thinking and accepting of alternative lifestyles.
- 857,637 Population
#64 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Texas
- 4,464 reviews
Current Resident: Houston is very diverse and offers lots to experience! Houston has some of the BEST food/restaurants of all cultures! There's so much to do and it provides experiences that are very affordable in comparison to other places to live. People from Houston are obsessed with their city and definitely die-hard Houston and it's not surprising why. Aesthetically it isn't the most scenic place to live and if that's something that matters to you, Houston is pretty average. City life is great but crime is also prevalent depending on the area of town. Traffic and Houston drivers are also pretty terrible, as is with any major city.
- 2,295,982 Population
#65 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in North Carolina
- 957 reviews
Current Resident: A lot of fun stuff to do with family and friend. I've lived in Fayetteville since the summer of 2014, right before my junior year of high school. I am service-connected, as my parents are active duty army members. The city of Fayetteville is great for those who are connected to the military in some way, and for those who are dedicated to serving active-duty and veteran service members. With Fort Bragg being here, there are many different types of people that live here, from all walks of life! You are bound to find people that share similar beliefs, values, and interests as you--if you are willing to look. I work on fort bragg now in childcare service and center are awesome
- 209,867 Population
#66 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Louisiana
- 337 reviews
Current Resident: I love Lafayette. There's so much to do and I love the culture and food here. There are so many festivals, of course Mardi Gras! Some of my favorite foods are gumbo and crawfish.
- 126,515 Population
#67 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Louisiana
- 486 reviews
Current Resident: Shreveport, Louisiana is a unique city in the northwest region of the state. With a population shy of 200,000, the city consequently has a small-town feel. The fabric of the community is rooted in generational families; however, newcomers, such as those attracted by the medical presence are integral, as well. Because of its advantageous location at the intersection of major interstates and highways, rivers, and states, Shreveport has great potential to flourish. Unfortunately, corruption, mismanagement, and civilian indifference, among other factors, have been detrimental to the town. However, the city is evolving as more progressive businesses and services open and sustain success. As in many modern cities, there is an emphasis on supporting local shops and promoting wellness evidenced by cafes and yoga studios. The city has found a niche in the arts, too. Though Shreveport has disparities, the productive allocation of resources and the continued drive for betterment is admirable.
- 193,785 Population
#68 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Minnesota
- 244 reviews
Current Resident: I moved to Rochester from Racine, Wisconsin, when my children were young. We immediately found so many things to love -- the clean, welcoming parks and bike trails, the kid- and adult-friendly downtown, and most importantly, the amazingly helpful public school system. Rochester is the perfect place to raise children. And it turned out to be the perfect place for me, too. I love my job at Mayo Clinic. Our life here is very different from anything I planned or expected, and I am very grateful. Some things are still wanting, such as public transportation and entertainment venues, but I see them growing each year in smart, efficient ways that bode well for the future of the city.
- 113,913 Population
#69 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in North Carolina
- 273 reviews
Former Resident: Grew up here and loved it! It's a city with a small town feel. Great people, food, parks and architecture. They need to improve public transportation and provide more public activities and spaces downtown, but overall it's a pretty place. The university campus is gorgeous, growing and a catalyst in the community. Centrally located, not far from the mountains or the coast. Consistently voted one of the best places to live, probably due to the quality of life.
- 111,035 Population
#70 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Michigan
- 338 reviews
Current Resident: Living in Warren really depends on where in Warren you live, we have many different school options and are very close to many different malls. It is a friendly neighborhood and we are always happy here. I have lived here for 9 years and have loved it. My commute anywhere is always less than a half hour, we are also pretty close to all main freeways! Warren can be nice and affordable where ever you are looking.
- 135,192 Population
#71 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Florida
- 494 reviews
Current Resident: Living in St.Petersburg is quite a paradise. Its aesthetics, cleanliness and entire environment is a really a beauty to bask in. With beautiful beaches, parks and various nature spots, St.Petersburg is the perfect place to experience a tropical, island-like living in the state of Florida! This city also boasts a capturing downtown area with mouth-watering restaurants and cafes as well as museums including that exhibiting the works of the great Salvador Dali. After being in St.Pete for two years, I find that many individuals are not aware of this beautiful getaway city which is just about 15 minutes away from the prominent city of Tampa. With that being said, what I’d like, is for St.Petersburg to be more properly advertised and see more visitors each year!
- 259,041 Population
#72 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Missouri
- 532 reviews
Current Resident: My experience with Springfield has been great! Springfield offers many dining, entertainment, and culinary options to see and enjoy. Downtown has so many great things to see and many things to do. Hammons Field is a great experience to see professional baseball, MediaCom Ice-park is also a wonderful option downtown, and the Gilloiz Theatre offers many great musicals, plays, and shows. The one thing I wish Springfield would take time to improve is the drainage system. It seems like every time it rains, the streets become majorly flooded and it becomes hard to control your vehicle. Other than that, Springfield is a wonderful place to see, visit, and live!
- 166,633 Population
#73 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Michigan
- 490 reviews
Current Resident: Grand Rapids is a beautiful city that is a perfect size with many opportunities to explore the city and experience all it has to offer. Such as the many different breweries and restaurants, the civic theater and devos place which have many wonderful shows, van andel arena and the delta plex that hosts all kinds of artists and shows, frederick meijer gardens, museums, downtown market, the malls and tanger outlet. This list goes on and on! I've been lucky enough to experience each of these amazing venues and attractions along with even more and it makes me so thankful I live in such a great place that offers to many wonderful experiences.
- 197,081 Population
#74 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Nebraska
- 764 reviews
Current Resident: Well I moved to Lincoln my junior year of high school and the school was gigantic! My class had went from 200 some kids in Texas to 500 kids in Lincoln. I was nervous at first, but people were pretty welcoming and talkative, especially when you get involved in activities. Lincoln is a small town, big city feeling. Everyone knows everyone, but Lincoln has many different spots you can go to not feel crowded. Also, I never noticed how active people are in Lincoln. I see people in their 80's running on all the different trails we have here, people are extremely devoted to health and fitness, which was nice to see because my family and I became more aware of ways to be better by being healthy and exercising regularly.
- 280,849 Population
#75 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in America
- City in Pennsylvania
- 688 reviews
Current Resident: I moved to Pittsburgh from Jacksonville, Florida about two years ago and not a day goes by that I'm glad I made the move. Pittsburgh has a warm, friendly culture with so much history. A beautiful downtown, lively neighborhoods, a great art and music scene, and an influx of young professionals has made it a fantastic place to live. Oh, I forgot to mention the city's best kept secret: It's (still) affordable which makes it a great place to network and grow for young people. I highly recommend Pittsburgh to anyone!
- 303,587 Population
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