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The 10 Least expensive cities in America

With prices rising, you might feel tempted to head where the cost of living is lower. That’s largely going to be south of the Mason-Dixon line, in states like Texas and Alabama. 

Here’s a look at the 10 cheapest places to live in the U.S., based on data from the Council for Community and Economic Research’s (C2ER) calculations of living expenses that Kiplinger compiled. The following list only includes metro areas with at least 50,000 residents, with the index accounting for prices for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

5. Topeka, Kansas

According to Entrepreneur, “Kansas is one of the most affordable states in the U.S.,” and Topeka, the state’s capital, boasts its lowest cost of living, according to Kiplinger‘s rankings. The cost of living in Topeka is 19.4 percent below the national average, with housing costs, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care costs all below national averages.

Alongside state government jobs, driving industries in this city with a suburban vibe include healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.


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