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Settling down in one of the cities below could do wonders for your wallet. Based on the median gross rent and annual housing costs for mortgage-paying homeowners of each metro area, these are the cities with the lowest cost of living in the country.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Huntsville, AL

badge #1 in Cheapest Places to Live

Once a sleepy farming town, Huntsville gained national recognition during the Space Race of the 1960s and is now the fastest-growing … more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 8.8 Value

Fort Wayne, IN

badge #2 in Cheapest Places to Live

With its low cost of living and quiet neighborhoods, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is an excellent place to buy a house, start a career, launc… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.2 Quality of Life
  • 8.7 Value

Des Moines, IA

badge #3 in Cheapest Places to Live

The capital of this so-called flyover state may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a famil… more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 8.4 Value

Fayetteville, AR

badge #4 in Cheapest Places to Live

Located in a region that's experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has transfo… more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 8.2 Value

Pittsburgh, PA

badge #5 in Cheapest Places to Live

Known by nicknames like Blitzburgh and Steel City, Pittsburgh is on the verge of greater heights. Emerging from a dying steel industr… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.3 Quality of Life
  • 8.2 Value

Grand Rapids, MI

badge #6 in Cheapest Places to Live

Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art, and its craft brewery scene is one of the best in the nation. A scenic spot perched on t… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value

Indianapolis, IN

badge #7 in Cheapest Places to Live

Indianapolis is a great place to visit. But what makes Indy such a splendid place to stop over makes it an even better place to live.… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.1 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value

Lafayette, LA

badge #8 in Cheapest Places to Live

In 2014, Lafayette was named the happiest city in America by MarketWatch, a financial news website, which took the country by surpris… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 5.4 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value

Baton Rouge, LA

badge #9 in Cheapest Places to Live

Baton Rouge, the ever-expanding capital of Louisiana, increasingly absorbs the flavor of New Orleans without adopting the bustle of a… more

  • 6.0 Overall Score
  • 4.5 Quality of Life
  • 8.0 Value

Cincinnati, OH

badge #10 in Cheapest Places to Live

Although Cincinnati is often perceived as a sleepy Midwestern metro area, residents benefit from a wealth of amenities, including mus… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.9 Value
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