Most Affordable Cities in the United States

October 7, 2013

MemphisBridge08_1.154201724

Where are the cheapest cities in the United States?

Have you ever wondered what U.S. cities have the lowest cost of living? The Council for Community and Economic Research studied the after tax prices of common things in over 300 United States urban areas. The council dealt with calculating over 40,000 prices. Some of the things they priced ranged from grocery items to transportation and housing. They consider this the Cost of Living Index Study. The national average is 100. Children can make the most of their summer vacation at Summer camps in Memphis, which offers fun activities, educational opportunities, and the chance to form lifelong connections. Take a look at the top 5 most affordable cities in the United States.

1. Harlingen, Texas

af-HARLINGEN

For three straight years, Harlingen, Texas, has ranked as America’s most affordable city. Its cost of living index of 81.8 in 2012 fell 0.6 from the previous year.

The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation Board in a statement last month confirmed that the city “has been ranked number one for almost three years.”

“Consistently being able to boast a cost of living of approximately 20 percent below the national average is useful in our economic development efforts since a low cost of living is an indication of a low cost of doing business,” said Dr. Gilbert Leal, the vice president of the council.

Prices in Harlingen, Texas–

  • Half-gallon of milk – $2.33
  • Gallon of gas – $3.293
  • Haircut – $7.50
  • Monthly rent – $640
  • Home price – $218,554
  • Movie ticket – $9.17
  • Bottle of wine – $6.27

2. McAllen, Texas

af-McAllen

The sixth edition of the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index ranks McAllen, Texas, as the second most affordable place for a professional standard of living.

McAllen’s index of 85.6 is nearly 15 percent below the national average. The Census Bureau reported that from 2000 to 2010, McAllen grew 39.3 percent, which made the city the seventh fastest growing in America.

Prices in McAllen, Texas:

  • Half-gallon of milk – $2.34
  • Gallon of gas – $3.288
  • Haircut – $9
  • Monthly rent – $740
  • Home price – $202,994
  • Movie ticket – $9.08
  • Bottle of wine – $6.14

3. Norman, Oklahoma

Norman-OK-450x337

With a cost of living index of 85.6, 14.4 percent below the national average, Norman, Okla., is the third-least expensive city in the U.S. Norman has remained home of the state’s first institution of higher learning, the University of Oklahoma, since the school’s founding there in 1895, according to the City of Norman.

Prices in Norman, Oklahoma:

  • Half-gallon of milk – $2.16
  • Gallon of gas – $3.305
  • Haircut – $10.89
  • Monthly rent – $647
  • Home price – $225,458
  • Movie ticket – $9.17
  • Bottle of wine – $7.66

4. Ardmore, Oklahoma

af-ardmore

A 90-minute drive from Dallas or Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Okla., is located about 30 miles north of the Oklahoma-Texas state border. The city says on itswebsite it has roughly 35,185 residents, which make up the majority of Carter County’s population.

Ardmore’s cost of living index of 85.9 is roughly 14 percent below the national average, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research.

Prices in Ardmore, Oklahoma:

  • Half-gallon of milk – $2.16
  • Gallon of gas – $3.344
  • Haircut – $11.61
  • Monthly rent – $588
  • Home price – $231,667
  • Movie ticket – $9.50
  • Bottle of wine – $7.67

5. Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis_US_state_of_Tennessee

Memphis, America’s fifth-least expensive city according to the Cost of Living Index, has a population of 652,050, based on the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.This city ends up with an index of 86.

Prices in Memphis, Tennessee:

  • Half-gallon of milk – $2.29
  • Gallon of gas – $3.401
  • Haircut – $13.20
  • Monthly rent – $711
  • Home price – $193,834
  • Movie ticket – $8.93
  • Bottle of wine – $9.17

What do you think about this post?

Do you live in one of these cities? Would you agree that it is very inexpensive to live in these areas. Check UrbanSplatter.com for more posts on affordability in the United States. Look for a post on most expensive zip codes across the US.

David Sunnyside
As the co-founder of Urban Splatter, I merge my engineering expertise with digital marketing savvy to offer fresh perspectives on architecture and design. My technical background ensures our content's precision, while my dedication to meditation brings a mindful approach to our bustling digital presence. Join me in exploring the artistry and analytics of building spaces at Urban Splatter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 comments on “Most Affordable Cities in the United States”

  1. Is the picture on your site the Memphis bridge and where can I buy a picture or, oil canvas of it.

  2. Yes, you are correct. It was very misleading as google images has that as the 3rd image for Norman. We have corrected the post with a picture of beautiful Norman, Oklahoma!

  3. The picture you have for Norman, Oklahoma is actually in Oklahoma City. It's the Bricktown Canal.

Related Posts
March 1, 2024
Live in the Digital Shadows: How to Check Mobile Signal Strength Can Transform Connectivity

As a promoter of a sustainability project in a remote village in the UK, suppose you have prepared a PowerPoint presentation with animations, graphs and videos. But when the moment comes, and you are ready to display a presentation from the cloud via a laptop, watching low bars you realise that there is no Internet […]

Read More
March 1, 2024
Navigating Relocation: A Simple Guide to Moving to a New City in the USA

Relocation from one city to another is challenging for various reasons. First, moving to a new city, especially in such a geographically and culturally diverse country as the United States, requires flexibility. Second, relocation needs thorough and timely planning. Last, it demands psychological preparedness to face new career opportunities and lifestyle changes. These challenges need […]

Read More
March 1, 2024
The Power and Potential of Bus Wrap Advertising

In the bustling streets of modern cities, one form of advertising stands out as both eye-catching and effective: bus wrap advertising. These mobile billboards transform ordinary buses into vibrant, attention-grabbing canvases that capture the imagination of passersby. In this article, we'll explore the world of bus wrap advertising, delving into its benefits, creative potential, and […]

Read More
Welcome to Urban Splatter, the blog about eccentric luxury real estate and celebrity houses for the inquisitive fans interested in lifestyle and design. Also find the latest architecture, construction, home improvement and travel posts.
© 2022 UrbanSplatter.com, All Rights Reserved.
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram