Best Affordable Places to Live in the U.S.

Find the most budget-friendly spots to live, whether you’re just starting out, raising a family, or in retirement mode. Learn more about each city’s prices, population, and special features.

Browse states below.

See the best, most affordable place to live in each state here, then dig into our detailed state guides to learn more.

Browse the best places for families.

Some of the best affordable places to live in the U.S. are also the top-rated affordable places for families. Here’s a sample of cities where you’ll find good value but also lots of amenities for kids (and the grownups who love them).

•  Chula Vista, California

•  Park Ridge, Illinois

•  Bowling Green, Kentucky

•  Madison, Alabama

•  Johns Creek, Georgia

•  Okemos, Michigan

Browse the best places for young adults.

Looking for a place to put down roots? These are some of the most affordable places to live for young adults — not to mention the most fun.

•  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

•  Austin, Texas

•  Manchester, Connecticut

•  Arlington, Virginia

•  Charlotte, North Carolina

•  Corvallis, Oregon

Browse the best places for retirees.

If you’re thinking about relocating in retirement, take a look at these affordable cities that are also especially welcoming to people in their golden years. Then check out our complete list of states to find the top five affordable spots for retirees from sea to shining sea.

•  Laguna Woods, California

•  Mountainside, New Jersey

•  Rockford, Illinois

•  Katy, Texas

•  Petoskey, Michigan

•  Sierra Vista, Arizona

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