Most Affordable Cities in the United States

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by on June 7, 2013

NerdWallet ranked the nation’s least expensive cities.  The index scores listed can be compared to the national average score of 100.  A full fifth of the list is comprised of Texan cities—everything’s bigger, and cheaper, in Texas.  Southern states also made an appearance, with Tennessee, Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas together taking 26 spots on the list.

For more information, check out our Cost of Living Calculator and City Life tool.

Rank State City Cost of living index
1 Texas Harlingen, TX 81.8
2 Texas McAllen, TX 85.4
3 Oklahoma Norman, OK 85.6
4 Oklahoma Ardmore, OK 85.9
5 Tennessee Memphis, TN 86.0
6 Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 86.1
7 Texas Wichita Falls, TX 86.5
8 Oklahoma Muskogee, OK 86.9
9 Colorado Pueblo, CO 87.1
10 Indiana New Albany-Clark-Floyd County, IN 87.6
11 Ohio Ashland, OH 87.6
12 Texas San Marcos, TX 87.7
13 Illinois Springfield, IL 87.8
14 Utah Cedar City, UT 87.9
15 Arkansas Conway, AR 88.0
16 Idaho Idaho Falls, ID 88.0
17 Ohio Youngstown-Warren, OH 88.2
18 Texas Sherman-Denison, TX 88.3
19 Texas San Antonio, TX 88.5
20 Texas Temple, TX 88.5
21 Alabama Birmingham, AL 88.5
22 North Carolina Winston-Salem, NC 88.5
23 Michigan Kalamazoo, MI 88.8
24 Arkansas Jonesboro, AR 88.8
25 Tennessee Nashville-Franklin, TN 88.9
26 Mississippi Tupelo, MS 89.0
27 Oklahoma Pryor Creek, OK 89.0
28 Virginia Martinsville-Henry County, VA 89.1
29 Texas Lubbock, TX 89.2
30 Illinois Decatur, IL 89.2
31 Oklahoma Tulsa, OK 89.2
32 Tennessee Knoxville, TN 89.3
33 South Carolina Anderson, SC 89.4
34 Kentucky Covington, KY 89.4
35 Indiana Muncie, IN 89.6
36 Nebraska Omaha, NE 89.6
37 Ohio Columbus, OH 89.7
38 Texas San Angelo, TX 89.8
39 Indiana Indianapolis-Morgan County, IN 89.8
40 Missouri Joplin, MO 89.8
41 Tennessee Cookeville, TN 89.9
42 Missouri Springfield, MO 90.0
43 Alabama Dothan, AL 90.0
44 Texas Brazoria County, TX 90.0
45 Kansas Salina, KS 90.2
46 Oklahoma Ponca City, OK 90.2
47 Tennessee Murfreesboro-Smyrna, TN 90.2
48 Kentucky Lexington, KY 90.3
49 Iowa Des Moines, IA 90.3
50 South Carolina Sumter, SC 90.5
51 Georgia Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC 90.6
52 Oklahoma Stillwater, OK 90.7
53 North Carolina Thomasville-Lexington, NC 90.7
54 Illinois Galesburg, IL 90.8
55 Kansas Hays, KS 90.8
56 North Carolina Raleigh, NC 90.8
57 Tennessee Morristown, TN 90.8
58 Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK 90.8
59 New Mexico Carlsbad, NM 90.8
60 Kentucky Louisville, KY 90.8
61 Alabama Decatur-Hartselle, AL 90.9
62 Iowa Burlington, IA 90.9
63 Indiana Richmond, IN 91.0
64 Louisiana Hammond, LA 91.0
65 Georgia Douglas, GA 91.0
66 Georgia Savannah, GA 91.0
67 Wisconsin Eau Claire, WI 91.0
68 Indiana South Bend, IN 91.1
69 Georgia Dalton, GA 91.1
70 Texas Seguin, TX 91.2
71 Kansas Hutchinson, KS 91.3
72 Texas Brownsville, TX 91.3
73 Texas Bryan-College Station, TX 91.3
74 Texas Athens-Henderson County, TX 91.3
75 Kentucky Paducah, KY 91.3
76 Texas Fort Worth, TX 91.4
77 Texas Paris, TX 91.4
78 Virginia Danville City, VA 91.4
79 Kansas Wichita, KS 91.4
80 Virginia Roanoke, VA 91.5
81 Indiana Elkhart-Goshen, IN 91.5
82 Missouri St. Louis, MO-IL 91.6
83 Texas Waco, TX 91.6
84 Indiana Fort Wayne-Allen County, IN 91.6
85 Georgia Albany, GA 91.7
86 North Carolina Gastonia, NC 91.8
87 West Virginia Martinsburg-Berkeley County, WV 91.9
88 Ohio Cincinnati, OH 91.9
89 Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA 91.9
90 Arizona Bullhead City, AZ 91.9
91 Texas Conroe, TX 92.0
92 Texas Corpus Christi, TX 92.0
93 Texas Midland, TX 92.0
94 Idaho Twin Falls, ID 92.1
95 Iowa Cedar Rapids, IA 92.1
96 Utah St. George, UT 92.1
97 Alabama Florence, AL 92.1
98 Nevada Reno-Sparks, NV 92.3
99 Texas Denton, TX 92.4
100 Florida Palm Coast-Flagler County, FL 92.4

Data came from the 2012 Annual Report in ACCRA’s Cost of Living index.

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