These U.S. Cities Are The Least Expensive To Live In

If your desire is to live in a city but you don’t want to pay the high costs associated with major metropolitan locations such as New York City and Los Angeles, there are still many affordable places to choose from.

Using a combination of data from the Council for Community and Economic Research, ApartmentFinder,, and the U.S. Census Bureau, we’ve listed the least expensive cities in America to live in. The data collected includes the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment along with a comparison of grocery and utility rates based on the national average for each category. The cities are listed in no particular order and with no attention paid to other socio-political considerations.

Harlingen, Texas

Harlingen Texas
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With a one-bedroom apartment costing just $727 on average, Harlingen, Texas is an affordable city that boasts a population of nearly 65,000. Food costs are 11.8% below the national average while utilities are 11.9% below nationally reported numbers.

The city’s $38,800 median household income isn’t the highest on our list but overall the cost of living in this city is 23.4% lower than what you’ll find in comparable areas throughout the United States.