It can be a challenge but there are some common thoughts when it comes to your search. First most people know that the east coast is going to be a little on the expensive side but the west coast is also a little expensive. So, that leaves us with the central parts of America. Yes, it's true the best places to live that are affordable and could even be described as inexpensive are found in the mid-western states. This is where you are going to find the cheapest cities in the United States.
The Cheapest Place to Live?
Well Places like: Omaha, Nebraska; Detroit, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburg, PA; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Cleveland, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas. These are some of the cheapest places to live to live in America. The average mortgage in many of this US cities can run from $150,000 and up while the rental properties range from $400 and up for a two bedroom apartment. Now, it is important to note that the average salary may not be nearly as high as other parts of the country but the cost of living is much lower so this factor balances out the whole cost of living factor.
If the rolling hills and the acres and acres of beautiful farm land are appealing than the mid-west and its surrounding areas will be an ideal place for you to live. These areas are rich in culture, technology, and home grown resources. The heartland cities are great culturally and scenically appealing.
The things to think about when looking for the best place to live in America is to look at the salary, the housing costs and the standard of living . These things will help to determine if moving to the Midwest is an option for you. The cost of living is less, the median salary is less, but the lifestyle is very friendly and welcoming, and it is a great place to raise kids. There are several more places within the states mentioned above that are also great to live. The best thing to do is to see what your must haves are and what things you are willing to compromise on.
Editors Update: In November 2011 we explored the best states to live in and presented a series of articles which looked in-depth at each region of the country from coast to coast and from the Canadian Border to Mexico. Be sure to check it out and as always please join the discussion by leaving your comments and opinions about the best and cheapest places to live to in this great nation.