Cheapest and Best Places to Live

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You’ve seen the lists of cheapest states or cities to live. And you’ve seen the lists of best places to live. But where’s the cheapest and best places to live list? We thought we’d put them together to make it easier to find a state with an overall low costs of living that is also home to a host of cities ranked high for livability. What’s livability? It includes several factors like local amenities, economic conditions, available services, cost of housing, schools and demographics. So here goes!

  • Iowa
  • North Carolina
  • Montana
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Missouri

Other cheap states with livable cities to check out:

Most livable big city: Lexington
Low cost of living city: Louisville

Most livable big city: Fayetteville
Low cost of living city: Jonesboro

Most livable big city: Columbus
Most livable small town: Evans

Most livable big city: Huntsville
Most livable small town: Pelham

All images from the morgueFile except Montana from Wikimedia Commons

Best and cheapest state, city data from these sources:


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by on August 7th, 2014