When it comes to cheap living, don’t mess with Texas. Three of the ten cheapest cities in the U.S. can be found in the Lone Star State. Several Texas cities, including San Marcos, McAllen and San Antonio, didn't crack the top ten but ranked very highly for affordability nonetheless. The other seven cities on our 2014 list are scattered across the nation, from as far west as Idaho to as far east as Georgia. Some might come as a surprise.
We compiled our rankings based on the Council for Community and Economic Research’s calculations of living expenses in 308 urban areas. Its Cost of Living Index measures prices for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. We screened out cities with populations below 50,000. All ten finalists, while different in many ways, share one overarching similarity: super-affordable housing options for renters and homeowners alike.
Take a look at our 2014 list of the ten cheapest places to live in America.