#1 of 10 Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In

Posted by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM
  • 17 Replies

                

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Cost of Living Index: 87.5

City Population: 229,617

Median Household Income: $41,483 (U.S. median: $51,914)

Average Home Price: $199,118 (U.S. average: $283,529)

Winston-Salem is far and away the most budget-friendly big city in the Tar Heel State, with Raleigh a distant second. The average home sells for under $200,000, and a typical apartment rents for just $590 a month. Cheap housing is offset somewhat by the highest grocery and health-care expenses of our cheapest 10 cities. Wake Forest University and cigarette maker Reynolds American are among the area's biggest employers.

by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
Rust.n.Gears
by Gold Member on Feb. 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I would agree it is cheap to live in but the cost of living is very different from what I make in MA. People don't always realize this when they move across the country. I lived for years in GA and SC.

MamaJane
by Jane:) on Feb. 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Ummmm how do they figure this? Is it the size of the city? We live in a small city but I'd bet our median housing cost was around 125.
Posted on the NEW CafeMom Mobile
gracie0221
by Bronze Member on Feb. 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

 well, I need to move there!

Jukebox_Jenny
by Jenny on Feb. 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Interesting
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
wandep
by Pam on Feb. 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

interesting

Bradensmommy719
by Anji on Feb. 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM
What is the average apartment? 1 bed 2 bed? I think its cool they like to rank cities however the cost of living is much different city to city and state to state. How do you really know its worth.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
mom2jessnky
by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

So this is the highest of the cheap cities? Because you can get a house (3-4 bedroom, 2 bath, BIG yards) here for $125,000 here. 

Plus NC has some goofy ass laws that just...no.

mom2jessnky
by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Full article here, the people that made this are high, there are WAYYYYYY cheaper places to live. 

http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/real-estate/T006-S001-10-cheapest-u-s-cities-to-live-in/index.html

MamaMandee
by Mandee on Feb. 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Thank you, I didnt make it back to my computer yet & couldnt link via my Nook.

Quoting mom2jessnky:

Full article here, the people that made this are high, there are WAYYYYYY cheaper places to live. 

http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/real-estate/T006-S001-10-cheapest-u-s-cities-to-live-in/index.html

Posted on CafeMom Mobile
SarahSuzyQ
by Sarah on Feb. 28, 2013 at 3:08 PM
I do agree that salaries can be commensurate with the cost of living. It doesn't always add up, but it does make a difference.
Posted on the NEW CafeMom Mobile
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Owner: