America's cheapest (livable) cities

These 10 places combine low housing prices, a reasonable cost of living and high quality of life.

By Elaine Pofeldt, SwitchYard Media

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Oct 1, 2013 10:16AM
Reno, really? Affordable? It has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, the only jobs here are low wage service/casino industry (avg less than $12.00hr) Who ever wrote this article does not do a lot of research. 
Sep 30, 2013 8:53PM
I live very close to Norman, OK. They must not include weather costs, housing insurance, auto insurance, property taxes, and state income taxes. The heat and storms are costly towards an auto and a home. Auto and home insurance is some of the highest in the nation (uninsured drivers and weather related). Property taxes are usually much higher than stated because even though the actual taxes are low there are all the other things they add to the tax bill that makes it 2-3 times as high and if you don't pay it all it's the same as not paying your property taxes. Plus, they tax your income and have a relatively high sales tax. Texas doesn't have an income tax but has a slightly higher sales tax. You would save more on income tax than you would spend on the less than 1% difference on sales tax. It's all said in political speak. They only tell you enough facts that are true to sell the area but don't tell you about some of the other things that still cost you more. But then again, this is probably true in most other states as well. Find an area that makes you happy and live there is probably the best advise.
Sep 30, 2013 7:58PM

What doesn't seem to be factored in is weather. 


The list has mostly places that would need lots of heating in winter and lots of air conditioning in summer. 

Sep 30, 2013 9:17PM
This article is goes all over the place. Comparing median housing prices from 50,799 to 213.000. Compare apple to apples. Not grapefruit to apples..  
Oct 1, 2013 5:29AM
I've been to several of the cities mentioned and I can't say that I find any redeeming qualities in any of them.  Even the capital of the state where I live (Springfield, IL) is some place I'd never consider living out the remainder of my days.  Illinois is the most corrupt, the most in debt state to live in next to Louisiana. The past two or three governors of the state have been imprisoned on corruption or misappropriation of funds charges. I can't recommend that anyone move anywhere in Illinois and as soon as the housing market comes back, I'm moving!
Oct 1, 2013 11:37AM
Here's another "junk" article assembled by one our "modern" journalists.  Toss together a few pics, cherry-pick a few stats that appear to make your "point", ignore obvious counterpoints and then collect your paycheck.

BTW, remember that the preponderance of media articles about stuff that REALLY MATTERS are also written by "modern journalists".

Athletes know that "you are what you eat".

Some of us know that "you are what believe".

Are YOU living on mental "junk food" ...?  

Oct 3, 2013 6:07PM
I LOVE living in Reno, but I am glad that all these complainers think it is unlivable - fewer people living here means we get to keep our high quality of life and low crowds in the beautiful mountains, rivers, and desert around us. If we want crowds, we can drive over the hill to Sacramento and the Bay Area (which are great places to VISIT!).
Oct 1, 2013 11:27AM
I think the cost of the average home in Idaho Falls is a typo, seriously.  How can the average house only cost $53,000?
Oct 1, 2013 4:18AM
I was going to say what about Detroit, but then I seen it said livable.
Oct 1, 2013 1:20PM
Wichita Falls, Texas.  The Wichita river cuts through the town with the color of baby poop.  The number one employer is Sheppard AFB meaning right now with the government shutdown you are out of work.   The climate is awful.    Winter at 15 below, Spring cyclones and tornadoes and Summer at about 115.   I would pick Omaha out of all of these mentioned.   Most of the cities mentioned are cheap living because the wages are low.   
Sep 30, 2013 9:03PM

South Dakota, They are not counting property taxes, food taxes. It doesn't take only 10 min. to get around in Sioux falls, it takes 20 min. Then if you want to buy a house for 121,400.00 you will be  raped, robbed. You are in a bad neighborhood. You will need to be making about 50,000.00 to 62,000.00 a year to live in SD.

Oct 1, 2013 11:53AM
any city without a high crime inner city is livable..........good luck finding one .
Oct 1, 2013 8:04PM
This forgets to relate that Sioux Falls (Sewer Falls) is a low wage, one horse town that consists mainly of Credit Card Customer Service jobs for the likes of Citibank (Shitibank).
Oct 3, 2013 5:10PM
WHAT? Reno, Nevada. . . ya great, but have you taken a look at the jobs for Reno? We are still suffering. To the writer of this article, please come in stay in one our casinos for $35.00 a night, and you will see what a ghost town this really is.
Oct 3, 2013 5:55PM

Who ever wrote this must have his head up their ****. Most people in Nevada has to work two full time jobs just to pay the rent.  This is from the IRS.


Oct 3, 2013 5:46PM
Vegas is cheaper than Reno. this article is 100% bogus!
Oct 1, 2013 11:08AM
has anyone at msn ever looked into living costs in the south? the cost of living won't anywhere approach 90% of average American living costs. you have to stay out of the atlanta's, charlotte's and such, but there are cities in the 15,000-50,000 population range that are very reasonable for living costs.
Oct 1, 2013 3:01PM
I hate these articles, they always degrade to red vs blue states.  
Oct 1, 2013 3:57PM
The commute in Sioux Falls is not 10 minutes. Maybe going somewhere on the same side of town with no traffic takes that long, but going across the city and anywhere during rush hour takes much longer. The roads are too small for the growing population. Plus, the median home price is b.s. That won't get you anything in Sioux Falls except a home in a bad neighborhood. Yes, it's a good small city to live in, but the "facts" that this article gives are far from the truth. (And Falls Park really isn't the highlight of the city. It's for tourists. The only time you ever go there is when family comes from out of town).
Oct 1, 2013 6:45PM
You get what you pay for.  All of these cities are cheap for a reason, mostly weather, absolutely nothing to do, or crime statistics. 
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