America's cheapest states to live in

How much do you pay for a steak, or a trip to the doctor's office? Here are the 10 states where the cost of living is lowest.

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Jul 29, 2013 6:39AM
I just wonder about the "average" house price.  I know people in most of these states, and the prices quoted for homes seem very high to me.   My Ex lives 15 min form Ft Wayne.  She bought a few acres and a very nice 3 bedroom home for about 125K.    My parents live in San Antonio, and have a killer 2 bedroom home for 95K.    I think that once again MSN is full of it.
Cheap places to live are great, why not account for employability though? When you can't find a job....well then cheap ain't so great.
Jul 26, 2013 8:13PM
Another useless article scattered across 12 pages of ads. Btw folks, Nevada is cheap, if you don't gamble.
Jul 29, 2013 9:34AM
Who does these studies? Who cares and you leave out valuable information. With the economy the way it is no one will be able to live anywhere! No jobs, no health insurance. Is there anyone out there listening? No matter how many of us make comments, does anyone care about what we say? Sometimes this is like adding salt to an already huge wound! As long as we live we will be paying taxes on something. I live in Texas, it doesn't matter where in Texas, the minimum wage is $8.00 an hour. No one can live on that. If you have a place to stay, you're probably sharing it with someone or in some cases multiple people. I'd like to have the persons job who does the surveys or the person who adds up the comments.
Jul 27, 2013 8:19AM
We live in tax on our home is $1500/year with our exemptions..we are retired. No state income tax, and we live in a rural area. Many, many discounts are available for retired folks, including literally dozens of restaurants and other places. 
Jul 26, 2013 7:44PM
Idaho does offer a higher standard of living for less money than most states. The property taxes are quite high in the metropolitan areas but very low in the rural areas. You can buy a lot of house for the money and the everyday living expenses are very reasonable. The 8 months of winter gets kind of long, so If you don't love wind, snow and sleet don't come here.   
Jul 29, 2013 1:17PM
Kind of interesting that 8 of the 10 states have a Republican governor.  I would like to see how the state tax rate compares in each of these states.  Wait let's see... Mississippi 4%, Arkansas, 4.08%, Nebraska, 4.52%, Kansas 5.4%, Indiana, 3.4%, Idaho, 5.38%, Tennessee 6%, Kentucky 4.3%, Texas No Income Tax, Oklahoma 3%.  No real correlation; however, if you take a closer look, all but Kentucky are "Right To Work" states.
Jul 29, 2013 10:21AM
I totally have to disagree. Perhaps Tennessee is the cheapest place to RETIRE, however; forget working here. Low, low wages.  I live in east Tennessee and have lived here for two years. I moved back here after being away for 25 years. The Governor attracts low wage paying employers that hire through "temp agencies" for a probationary period of 3 months to 2 years. I have tried to research the money and see who is who and who is filling who's pocket in regards to these agencies and employers. No luck on the money trail yet...but it is there. Follow the money and the answer and facts you will find.  If anyone is contemplating moving here to work, forget it and look elsewhere. I have spoken to many, many people that work in the factories in this area and it is one step above slave labor for a penance above minimum wage. Most do not even pay a living wage (12.00 per hour) It is horrid working conditions. I am NOT a union person writing this post, and have never been in a Union...but if you live in a right to work state with a Governor such as Haslam, this is what you get.  I personally am moving away as soon as possible and taking my hard earned tax dollars, property tax, 9.78% sales tax with me.
Jul 29, 2013 11:52AM
What about Wyoming or South Dakota?  No state income tax is a pretty big deal.
The availability of a job should be on there somewhere.   It may be cheap to live there if there is no work available.
Aug 1, 2013 6:25AM
You get what you pay for in Detroit and you may pay with your life.
Aug 1, 2013 6:25AM

Take it from someone living here in Oklahoma that it may be the cheapest state to live in, but that is also because the wages are the cheapest! I have been a Registered Nurse in this state for more than 10 years and the nurses here are paid peanuts for what we deal with! After 10 years I don't make anymore than the new graduates coming out of school! I just love what I do so I stick with it.  I have actually had patients tell me "You Nurses make so much money!"  My Response to them is "NOT IN OKLAHOMA!" I know Wal-mart assistant Managers here in Oklahoma that make more money than the Registered Nurses!

Jul 29, 2013 1:34PM
Nice going "evolution is the key"! Reap-what-you-sew, I live in Connecticut and I hate heat and humidity. Long Winters in the comfort of my home sound okay to me. New England is great without the tropical 
stuff that comes up the coast every year.
   Dear "You wish", your point is well made. MSN "articles" tend to be pretty light weight lures to shove ads at the readers, and have very little substance or accuracy. Great comments all folks. 
Jul 28, 2013 8:30AM
These ratings are complete bunk.  There's no way missouri is more expensive than Indiana.  These ratings must be completely scewed by the presence of limited metropolitan areas.  Once you're out of the bigger cities, any rural area in the midwest has a very low cost of living.  Just be careful to keep within a reasonable drive of a decent grocery store...
Aug 1, 2013 6:36AM
They didn't tell you about the extremely high personal property taxes in Kansas, I have a 2010 Pickup and it costs me 650.00 to put tags on it each year.  Plus they didn't put the cost of homes in the Wichita area...out in Dodge you have to put up with the stench of the feedlots. I could go on & on.
Jul 26, 2013 7:17PM

All of these States are a good place to live, except for the fact that paying taxes on everything you buy is not included, all you give is a general cost of living but fail to list house taxes, or any other taxes which will eat into your income which for most retirees is a fixed income, unless they have other means of income, which many don't.

It seems you like those in Washington cater to the more than middle class of retired people, or did you even think about this fact when you did your so called cost of living and left the hidden user fees out and retirees will not know what is in the 'Cost of LIving' proposal, as Pelosi did with Obamacare with all of it's hidden taxes, and user fees which are not to be considered as taxes, but fees for not using Obamacare which most can't afford even with so called vouchers from the Federal Government who have taxed the middle class for more money to cover this plan, and  dead beats who don't want to work, and I am not addressing the illegal Mexicans, but all of those who love Obama money, (and very stupidly voted him back for a second term to finish his destructive plan for America as they have posted repeatedly on video on You tube).

So when publishing something like this article it might behoove you to do it in depth, and cover it for all retirees and not just the select among them, this is only a suggestion from a retired man of 71 on a fixed income with my wife and disabled and can not go back to work where I have always netted $150,000.00 to $160.000.00 yearly for the past 40 plus, and due to a winning battle with Terminal Cancer, and other medical problems have lost all our retirement funds, so the question is this 'How' on a fixed income as many of us have can we use the States or retirement locations you mention and pay the unmentioned taxes?

I only asked the question, and made a suggestion oh your research, that would include all retirees and not just the select amongst us!


Jul 29, 2013 11:03AM

TAXPAYER 1:What you`re not smart enough to figure is most poor people don`t vote.

Overall only about 50% of people vote.We wouldn`t have so much corporate welfare

and tax breaks for the rich if the middle class voted 80% or 90%.

Jul 29, 2013 7:13AM
You need to consider cost of living WITH wages and taxes. For instance, these states would generally (with the exceptions of Kansas and Texas) NOT be as good as Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan because while those four might have SLIGHTLY (not much) higher living costs, the wages and commercial and industrial success in those states would be comparable to Washington or Oregon. Likewise, while living costs would be higher in Coastal California than in Washington or Oregon, in reality WA and OR are worse because the wages in WA and OR are only slightly above the national average except for certain kinds of blue collar work, whereas Coastal CA is massively above the national average. There are also areas like Michigan that have low living costs and high wages.

Also, some states are really big, and there may be a substantial difference between parts of the same state. For instance, Inland California and Coastal California are different worlds in terms of livability, and in Washington State there is a wild disparity between the east shore of the Puget Sound and the rest of the state, and a substantial disparity within that high living cost area between the North, South and Eastern (all directions relative to Seattle) sections as well.

Jul 28, 2013 12:09AM
Aug 1, 2013 8:53AM
At least this article wasn't about which celebrity has the best beach body or which one is wearing the wrong clothing! 
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