It’s hard to beat the low cost of living in the South. Seven of the ten least expensive cities on our list are in Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
We compiled our rankings based on the Cost of Living Index produced by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The Index measures relative price levels for housing, utilities, transportation, grocery items, health care and miscellaneous goods and services (it does not include taxes). A composite score of 100 reflects the national average. So scores lower than 100 reflect a lower-than-average cost of living, and scores higher than 100 reflect a higher-than-average cost of living. Our rankings only include U.S. cities with metropolitan area populations of at least 75,000. Population and median household income data are from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
The 10 Least-Expensive CitiesFor Living in the U.S.A.