Livability.com Names the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live, 2015

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New list identifies and ranks America’s best affordable cities

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These cities are less expensive than most, yet they offer an extremely high quality of life, allowing families to save money on many cost-of-living expenses.

Often times, the cities found on “best places to live” lists can be a bit on the pricey side. While they are great places, not everyone can afford to live in them, or at least live well. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Best Affordable Places to Live, 2015. These cities are less expensive than most, yet they offer an extremely high quality of life, allowing families to save money on many cost-of-living expenses.

Our editors looked at cost of living across a number of categories such as health care, food, housing, and transportation using data from C2ER and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They also examined the tax climate in each state and even looked at how much things like eggs, pizza and haircuts cost in each city.

In addition, our editors factored in Livability’s own unique LivScore. One city per state was selected to give some geographic balance because much of the cost-of-living data is calculated at the county level.

“With cities, as with anything, there’s a bit of ‘you get what you pay for,’” says Livability editor, Matt Carmichael. “Therefore, it was important for us to strike a balance and find cities that are both affordable and livable.”

Best Affordable Places to Live, 2015
1. Round Rock, TX
2. Dayton, OH
3. Lawton, OK
4. Lansing, MI
5. Appleton, WI
6. Fort Wayne, IN
7. Rochester, MN
8. Nampa, ID
9. Topeka, KS
10. Cedar Rapids, IA

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