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The 25 Cheapest Places to Live: U.S. Cities Edition

When it comes to finding the cheapest places to live in the U.S. for city dwellers, the best locations to settle down are mostly south of the Mason-Dixon line. Alabama and Texas are just a couple of the Southern states making multiple appearances on our list of the cheapest places to live among U.S. cities.

But if you're thinking about relocating to one of these places with the lowest costs of living, just remember to weigh the pros and cons. Cheap prices are attractive, but the allure can fade if jobs are hard to come by, paychecks are small or the area offers little to do. Plan an extended visit to ensure that one of these cheapest places to live fits your needs.

"It is undeniable that larger metro areas like New York and Los Angeles offer better opportunities for higher paying jobs," notes Tyler Baines, cost of living project manager and research analyst at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness(opens in new tab). "But jobseekers should not only consider the size of their paycheck when figuring out where they should call home."

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