Top 10 Best Affordable Cities in the United States Announced by

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Annual List Ranks Small to Mid-Sized Cities With Low Cost of Living and High Quality of Life

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There are places where a person can buy a home for pocket change, and whole towns that cost less than a home in a city like Palo Alto. But if you ask the question “Would you want to live there?”, the answer is likely “No.”

With this in mind, has named the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live for 2018. This list is comprised of affordable cities that also provide residents a high quality of life with robust entertainment options, income equality, strong job markets and lower-than-average housing prices.

Livability editors start with data. They examine cost of living and how that compares to national averages for key components of the budget like housing, transportation, food and utilities. They look for affordable places, but they also look for places with high incomes to make those cheap costs go even further.

“This year’s list of the Best Affordable Places to Live isn’t just fascinating, it’s hopeful,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, managing editor of “With housing prices and other day-to-day costs skyrocketing in so many places, these cities are proof that accessible, affordable and all-around wonderful places to live still exist. A great city can thrive without pricing out potential residents.”

The 10 Best Affordable Place to Live, 2018

1. Lansing, MI
2. Buffalo, NY
3. Roanoke, VA
4. Morgantown, WV
5. La Crosse, WI
6. Savannah, GA
7. Ellensburg, WA
8. Knoxville, TN
9. Moscow, ID
10. Cincinnati, OH

For more information about the 10 Best Affordable Cities or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Managing Editor at


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