Where is the cheapest place to live in the USA?

United States
February 26, 2009 1:00pm CST
I would like to know what state is the cheapest for homes,rent,groceries etc.. I have to say it must be Texas. Texas is a very affordable state. What state do you think is the cheapest place to live in the USA?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36456)
• United States
26 Feb 09
i really have no idea. i know tennessee is not cheap, i really doubt that any are anymore.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
Years and Years ago I heard Tennessee was affordable but I guess not anymore.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36456)
• United States
27 Feb 09
i'm sure it is more affordable than alot of places. i don't think anywhere is pobably a picnic.
• Malaysia
26 Feb 09
I might consider living 92 miles north in Bakersfield, California where I can save those hard-earned bills. There, I'll find a house for about $130,000 cheaper and have an eight percent greater chance of finding a job. I'll also breathe easy as I settle into my new home with air that is 13 times better than the smog in Los Angeles.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
Sounds much better the LA
• United States
26 Feb 09
I can give you some facts about bills in my part of Texas, because I live in the Midland Odessa area. Most jobs that are open right now are at fast food resturants, 7.50 an hour. Teachers make an average of 40,000 a year (other districts in the area are less) The average electric bill among my friends and family this month was $250 The average one bedroom apartment is $750 There is a bus system but it is not very practicle (it runs from 7am to 6pm) The housing market has not fell as much here as in other places so you are still going to pay a hundred thousand for a home. The Midland WalMart is slightly more expensive than the Odessa one. I can get a gallon of milk for 3.50 and 10 gallons of fuel for less than 20. My husband and I can eat at our favorite resturant for less than $40 and at a nicer one for about $60. The disadvantage of Texas is the distance between places. I live in an area where I drive 400 miles a week to go to school, work, and buy groceries. This has been the average of miles I have driven a week my entire driving life. I hope this helps. I do not know how we compare to everywhere else. Okki
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• United States
26 Feb 09
Texas is indeed a cheap state to live in but like you say everything is spread out.
• United States
26 Feb 09
I think its Texas too. I can't compare it to any other states cause I've lived in Texas my whole life. I do think that certain areas of Texas are more expensive than others. When I graduated college I moved to Round Rock just outside of Austin, with my aunt. I was staying at her house while looking for a job and a place to stay and there nice(by nice I mean the neighborhood and the complex is gated and has limited access, its been remodeled in the last 20 years,they have a pool, gym etc..) one bedrooms in round rock and austin started at like $800, Here in Houston the same kind of ammenties start at around $590. I have a cousin who lives in Tennessee and he says that state is pretty affordable too.
• United States
26 Feb 09
I have seen some great prices on homes as well as apartments.
@thungster (156)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I agree. Texas is a very cheap place to live. Actually, Las Vegas, NV is also very cheap. My coworkers and I always like joke around by findings houses we would be able to afford even with our salary and we always end up finding places in Texas or Las Vegas. We have a lot of fun doing this because we are from CA and, here, what we earn is nowhere near enough to own a place.
• United States
26 Feb 09
Nevada is another cheap state yup!
@monsterj1 (188)
26 Feb 09
Texas is one of the cheaper state, but I can tell you its not MA with all the taxes. Boston compared to Miami is around 15% more expensive on utility bills alone....
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• United States
26 Feb 09
Flordias pretty cheap compaired to others.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Hello Moneymommy, Like many who have responded before me, I believe that the cost of living in TX is lower than many other states. I have lived from Hawaii to NY and many places in between. I have never personally seen a lower cost of living than in certain parts of TX. 'Course, eventually all of the treasures are unearthed -- drats! Below is a link to an article that offers much more insight. As well, an interesting quote about a particular area in California. http://www.ask.com/bar?q=list+of+10+cheapest+places+to+live+in+the+usa&page=1&qsrc=0&zoom=&ab=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww1.move.com%2FFinance%2FCensus%2FLeastExpensive.asp
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@eaforeman6 (8979)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Texas is cheaper. I think its always been a tough state and has survivied all the crazy economic changes through the year. Moneu goes a little bit farther here compared to other places. That is what I am told. This is all I have ever known....
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• United States
26 Feb 09
I agree Texas is extremely affordable.
@ElicBxn (62433)
• United States
27 Feb 09
used to be Austin, but not any more - not since the Silicon Valley people discovered it
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• India
27 Feb 09
No idea.I stay in India that too in the city of INDORE which is located in the state of MADHYA PRADESH.
• Netherlands
1 Mar 09
The 10 Cheapest places to live in America are: Kokomo IN, Springfield IL, Rockford Il, Syracuse NY, Vineland, Milville, Bridgeton NJ, Wilmington DE, Fort Walton Beach FL, Tallahassee FL, Anchorage AK and Bakersfield CA Hope it helps! ;)
• United States
27 Feb 09
i live in massachusetts, believe me, MA is not the cheapestplace, we have to pay so much tax, we earned the name taxachusetts. oh and the value of my parents home, it's a small two family home that they bought, 3 bedrooms on each floor, 1 living room, 1 dining toom, 1 kitchen 1 bathroom on every floor, guess how much it cost. roughly $663,769.45 yeah sucks don't it. they made up the attic too, i guess that adds value to the home, it has two bed rooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen/dining room area.