Is your current city too expensive? If so, you may want to consider moving to a place where you can get more value for your dollar.
But before you begin a search for the most affordable cities, remember that not all cheap cities are created equal. There is more to any city than its price tags, and often the most affordable places lack in important aspects, such as entertainment options.
Livability.com, a division of Journal Communications, has identified the cheapest cities with the most interesting attractions, easy transport, and are generally great cities to live in. Using information on the quality and utilization of amenities (such as schools, airports, and hospitals), affordability, and diversity of over 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000, it came up with this list of the 10 best affordable cities.
10. Bloomington, IL
Median Household Income: $61,664
Median Home Price: $161,000
Together, Bloomington and its twin city, Normal, promote economic development and transportation options across their borders. Bloomington has a higher median annual household income and greater income equality than its twin city, as well as over 40 parks where residents can enjoy concerts, outdoor activities.
9. Holland, MI
Median Household Income: $43,413
Median Home Price: $117,200
Located on Lake Michigan, Holland is a great place for people who enjoy outdoor activities ranging from sitting by the beach to cross-country skiing and sledding through Holland's parks and trails. Each May, over one million tourists visit the city for the Tulip Time Festival.
8. Cedar Rapids, IA
Median Household Income: $52,216
Median Home Price: $133,900
The city of Cedar Rapids, with the help of private investors, have spent over $1 billion on improving the city's downtown area, renovating historic cultural venues, and adding restaurants, office spaces, and housing. The city is the largest corn-processing city in the U.S., and its economy is mostly based on agriculture, manufacturing, and food processing.
7. Greeley, CO
Median Household Income: $46,272
Median Home Price: $166,300
The population in Greeley has been growing rapidly over the past ten years, as the city has been adding new restaurants and music venues. Greeley hosts the 9th Street Plaza Friday Fests with live music and performance artists during the summer, and is the home of five craft breweries.
6. Provo, UT
Median Household Income: $39,688
Median Home Price: $198,700
With gorgeous mountain views and numerous public transportation options, Provo is a great place for those who love art and the outdoors to live. Residents can explore Utah Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, or head downtown to enjoy restaurants, art exhibits, and live performances.
5. Sioux Falls, SD
Median Household Income: $51,672
Median Home Price: $152,200
Residents of Sioux Falls can take advantage of the many bike paths and walking trails to exercise, run errands, and commute to work. There are a number of parks and recreational facilities and over 650 restaurants in the city.
4. Round Rock, TX
Median Household Income: $69,533
Median Home Price: $168,800
Named Livability's Best Affordable Place to Live in 2015, Round Rock boasts a great downtown area, with creative restaurants and small shops. For sports fans, Dell Diamond has great deals on tickets to its minor league baseball games.
3. Rochester, MN
Median Household Income: $62,575
Median Home Price: $163,700
The economy in Rochester, which was named the Best Place to Live in 2016 by Livability, is based on the Mayo Clinic, which provides more than 32,000 jobs. Residents can canoe, paddle boat, fish, and swim in Silver Lake, or hike along the many trails in Rochester's parks.
2. Bismarck, ND
Median Household Income: $54,969
Median Home Price: $163,900
Residents of Bismarck don't have to worry about being bored, with scenic parks, art galleries, a zoo, and historic sites throughout the city. The city also has an event center that provides events such as concerts, Broadway shows, craft fairs, and rodeos.
1. Huntsville, AL
Median Household Income: $48,881
Median Home Price: $158,400
The Best Affordable Place to Live according to Livability, Huntsville, is known for its rocket-propulsion research in NASA and the Army. There are also a number of cultural attractions in the city, from museums to a botanical garden, and over 60 parks.