10 Affordable Cities To Move To And Start Over

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There are a lot of things that can happen that can make you want to move to a new city to start all over again. Fortunately, there are very many great cities in the United States that have a lot of job opportunities, clean air, nice scenery, cheap housing and a lot of fun things to do. Moving can turn out to be the best decisions that you ever had to make. Here is are the 10 most affordable cities that you should consider moving to when you want to sell your home and start over:

1. Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte NC

Charlotte is the largest City in the state of North Carolina. This city’s population is about 1.6 million. According to The Seattle Times, Charlotte is the third fastest growing city in the United States. Charlotte, which was once a sleepy city, has fast grown into a very important financial and corporate center in the United States. The top benefits of moving to Charlotte include lower than average tax rates on property, an average home price of $175, 000 and 218 sunny days per year. With an outstanding 22.1% economic growth rate since the year 2000, there are many opportunities waiting for you in Charlotte. If you love sports, you won’t be left out. This city is home to major sports franchises; the Charlotte Hornets (National Basketball Associations-NBA) and Carolina Panthers (National Football League-NFL).

2. Temple, Texas

Welcome to Temple Tx

If you are looking for a cheap city to move to, Temple, TX should be among the top cities on your list. Situated only an hour away from Austin, the average cost of living in Temple is 13% lower than the national average. The price of houses in this city is significantly lower than the price of houses in other major cities surrounding it. Cheap living in Temple is not a reflection of a weak economy. The unemployment rate in Temple metropolitan area is also lower than the national average. Good examples of great places in Temple to visit for adventure and fun include the Spare-Time Fun Center, The Temple Rail-Road And heritage Museum among others.

3. Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown OH

If you have been struggling with your finances and you are looking for a relaxed environment with cheap housing to start over, Youngstown can be a nice new home for you. Youngstown is a small town in Ohio, not far away from Columbus. Homes in Youngstown cost 73% less than the national average. The cost of healthcare and food are also below the average. Youngstown has had a long tradition of semiprofessional and professional sports. Baseball is a popular sport in this city. Popular baseball teams include Youngstown Indians, Youngstown Ohio Works, Youngstown Browns among others. Youngstown has also produced boxing champions like Greg Richardson, Harry Arroyo, Kelly Pavlik and Ray Mancini.

4. Boise, Idaho

Boise, ID

Boise residents enjoy a tax rate that is lower than the national average. The housing costs are also lower than the average housing cost in The US. There are plenty of sites for hiking, biking. Skiing and boating at low costs. With 206 sunny days, you will have plenty of time to engage in fun outdoor activities you love.

5. Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, TN

Memphis is the biggest city in Tennessee. It has a big population of 655,555. However, this city does not have the big city prices. This is contrary to what most people would expect from a city of its size. The housing prices in Memphis are considerably low compared to the price of houses in other large cities.

There are numerous college and universities in Memphis. It is also home to Autozon and FedEx International Paper (Fortune 500 companies). Memphis is home to Memphis Grizzle of the NBA and the Mississippi Riverkings of the Southern Professional-Hockey league. There are many other teams, leagues and sports events in Memphis that will definitely keep a sports fan excited.

6. Harlingen, Texas

Harlingen, TX

The cost of living in Harlingen Texas is 18.4% lower than the national average. This makes it one of the cheapest places to live in in the United States. Cheap housing is one of things that make it one of the cheapest places to live in. According to CBS News in January 2013, Harlingen, Texas was the least expensive city to live in.

7. Pueblo, Colorado

Pueblo, CO

This is a small city in the southern part of Colorado. The average cost of living in Pueblo is 16.6% lower than the national median. The rent is 23% below the national average. This makes it a nice place to relocate to if you want to bring down your cost of living.

8. Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha,  NE

Omaha is a great place to live, especially for young people. This is because it is a relatively cheap place to live in and it is home to 12 colleges and universities. Omaha’s cost of living is 11% lower than the average cost of living in the United States. There are 214 sunny days every year and clean air. The cultural scene features plenty of nightclubs art galleries and restaurants.

9. Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO

Kansas is another great city to move to when you want to start over. The cost of living in Kansas City is fairly low. The sales tax is only 7.73% while the income tax rate is 6%. The average cost of homes is $162,000 and the average for rent is $725. All the costs are lower than the national average. This city has been ranked the 9th best city for the senior citizens. This is because of its great weather and low cost of living. Kansas City, Missouri is home to several professional sports teams including The Kansas City Royals (Major Baseball League), Kansas City Chiefs (National Football League) and the Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer). In addition, Google is planning to install high speed internet covering the whole city-isn’t that cool?

10. Augusta, Georgia

Augusta, GA

Augusta is a remarkably affordable place to live in 51 weeks out of the 52 weeks of the year. It becomes an expensive place for one week because of the golf tournament (The Masters) that takes place in April every year. During this period, renting a house next to the golf course costs $1000 or more per night. The winner in the tournament gets to walk away with $1.62 million prize money. The cost of housing is 26.5% lower than the national average. Food is also cheap.

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  • Christy Carlson

    Just curious to anyone that was reading the best & cheapest places to live? what would you choose?I love The views of North Carolina, yet, I heard Tennesse was esquive?

    • Jim Valenti

      Hi! I was just looking. I thought the same thing. Before looking I thought Florida but tried it didn’t end well. Maybe Georgia

    • shakita hubbard

      Probably North Carolina as well.

      • Claudia Defenbaugh

        I want to move evantualy closer to my son arround illinois any ideas where its good and cheap?

        • Yes! I’m from there. Champaign urbana is a college town with ample things to do and ever available housing.
          I lived near rural Indianapolis as well in Carmel and it was only an hour from illinois as well. Imo indiana is better than il.

      • I live in la cost of living is so high. Looking to relocate somewhere. Any suggestions?

    • Boise Idaho. I live in Pittsburgh now but am from out west. Can’t stand the humidity out here.

      • I lived and went to school in Boise, it was a lovely town, but not much to do there, streets roll up around 9PM.

    • Nikki B

      These cities are beyond correct on moving to, hell I wouldn’t even want to visit them. I lived in Memphis, Tn, the crime rate is awful and dated, if you want to move to Tennessee than its Knoxville. Then Bozeman, Montana, is beautiful. I’m from Mississippi/Louisiana and it’s scorching HOT and HUMID!!
      Texas is too!! Go to Montana, Maine, St. Petersburg, Fl, Frederick, Maryland or the Dakotas.

    • Clara Wortham

      That’s the same that I heard.

    • Arnez Jay

      I would choose Charlotte all day long. I’ve lived in Greensboro before. Beautiful state.

    • Wherever you go, you have to take YOU along. Lol i feel like i need to move away from my ex husband or i will never move on. I was a stay at home Mom, no savings and i let myself get really burned! Im in silicon valley so noplace will be this nice i feel like..but I have to go so where?? 47 years old (ouch it hurts to say that)

  • Ms. Kevon Oliver

    My home in Cobb County is being torn down, eminent domain, to put a road through. I still need to work. What would the job hunt be for someone one their 50s in Augusta?

    • Joe - Joe Momma

      That all depends on your qualifications and work experience

    • Henry Cadwallader

      Reading this has helped me to see how many people want to find a better place to live. Two people may have the exact opposite experience on the same place. I live in Daytona Beach and many folks love it here but I can’t wait to leave. It’s beautiful but it upsets me how piggish folks can be. I want to live among friendly artsy open minded supportive folks. Haven’t found that yet in Florida.

      • Robyn Smith

        Asheville North Carolina would be perfect for you then

      • Benjamin Matson

        You won’t find it in FL. I was out there in Orlando, FL for 4 months and it was so dead and unwelcoming. I am also looking for relocate; am currently in LA but I hate it. Any ideas where I can go?

      • Davidson

        Asheville, NC!!!

      • Try Taos New Mexico.I was there for 11y. Very artsy little town and down to earth folks.

  • Janice Chan

    I am looking to find a nice city to retire and die in. Must be beautiful and low key with a great night life. Anywhere from Honolulu to the south. Please help me get out of the incredibly expensite southern California lifestyle. Yes I do love the ocean.

  • Hi… I am looking to start over after a divorce…. Need a good church, job and place to live…..

  • I live in Las Vegas full of crime would like to move to a country site am thinking Temple TX Memephis or Which city or texas would you recommend ?

  • Boise is duller than dishwater

  • Hi there i want to move im leaving my wife and my family behind, im saving much money as i can i think 10k is enough, the only skill set i have is security and i was a co for a year, im going to leave with my shirt on my back i want move to GA any help

  • Youngstown is not located near Columbus. I live right outside of Youngstown and it’s 4+ hours away from Columbus, but it is relatively close to Cleveland only being about 1+ hours away. Would not recommend moving to Youngstown though with crime rate steadily rising.

    • Rochelle

      If I wanted to move and start over with a child. Where would be the best? Good school district? Low crime rate? Cost of living?

    • Chanda Scott

      There’s not a town in Ohio that’s “4+” hours to Columbus, unless you’re walking!!!

  • Hi, I’m a mother of two children and need to relocate from Cleveland, Ohio. The crime and murder rate is out of this world. I don’t gv a degree and barely any money saved up.i work in the healthcare field and I need to move somewhere safe and very affordable for me and my children. Any ideas where is the best place to start over.

    • Perhaps Anderson IN

    • Chambersburg,PA. 17201 is a Great place to restart . Cheap, kid safe , jobs in your field , It’s just so boring here .. It’s more like a retired area. VERY NICE & QUITE 😍
      I’m from Phila.,PA. been here 16yrs. To raise my son being a single parent and reopen my hair salon , No Black Hair Care here but It’s TIME TO MOVE . Great New start ✔

    • Debbie Adams

      Boise Idaho. It has excellent schools very safe and a need for healthcare professionals. Also nearly no crime! Get out of Cleveland! Go now!

  • Roxanne Aull

    Single 50 year old mother wanting to start over. What would you suggest. Bachelors of Social Work & hold Ky Real Estate License.

    • mara newman

      Im single no kids – I want to have fun and start over -im turning 50 in 2 weeks Im over New York I want to have fun and live life and meet men but also find work and be by a beach — FLORIDA??

      • JuJu Kelley

        I live in Florida and it SUCKS. Do not move here lol. Its hot, over crowded, the pay sucks, the beaches are contaminated, and the majority of people here are batshit crazy. NOT a good place to “meet men”. HAHAHAHA

      • I’ll go with you. I so want to get out of Connecticut. I want a new part time job doing almost anything. I’m also in my 50’s and want to relax now and have fun

    • Laura Ogden

      Sounds like me, 50, kids grown Illinois is ridiculous to live. Health care for 25+ years. Would love to move to mountains and have a B&B. I love to cook and garden.

  • Melyn ivey

    I live an hour from Memphis – obviously you did not take crime rates into consideration as Memphis is in the top 10 most violent cities in the nation. I drive 2.45 hours to Nashville if I go to the city and avoid Memphis at all cost.

    • What is the weather like in Nashville especially the humidity level?

      • I live about 15 min from Nashville, crime has gone up, traffic is horrible all throughout the day, people are rude, and highs for summer is 90 + with humidity and during winter you can have all 4 seasons within a day. I have been thinking about relocating to Sioux Falls area.

  • Youngstown Ohio ? ? Change the Y to a D as in Dungstown. It is cheap because there is NOTHING there. It used to be a steel city and had a GM plant, but they are all gone. Nothing left but drugs, gangs, and welfare. Not a good place to live at all.

  • Kevin Ohmylanta

    Fargo, North Dakota is not on this list when it should be. Its is the cheapest place to live in America.

  • Kathy S Holloway

    I want to move to Colorado Plataue. So Pueblo, Colorado looks interesting. Is anyone familiar with polar shifts? I am looking for like minded people. I am a veteran looking to do everything different.

  • I need help am in memphis ready to leave with little money

    • I wish I could help but I will pray for you to find a way out.

    • Sherry Demery


  • No one move to Memphis!!! The crime rate is ridiculous. I don’t care how affordable of a home you may find for your budget i tell you what else is affordable, a body bag!

    • Gosomewhere

      Haha. Are you trying to dissuade others from moving to your town?
      We tried that with our depressing cloud coverage and suicide of Kurt Cobain. Now look at us. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

    • damn

  • Looking to start over, has little money. needing a family shelter who except a husband,wife, and 1 child in North Carolina. Can some one recommend a place?

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  • Mary Barnhill

    I live on the coast or North Carolina. I have been here all my life. I’m ready for a chance. The town I live in has become, loss of better word, Toxic. I am searching to relocate. I still want to live by the ocean. I am single and almost 58. I look and act much younger than my age. I am looking for a friendly, welcoming, warm weather place with lots of neat places. Restaurants , night life, beauty, outdoor life. Any suggestions?

    • Mary
      I too live on the NC Coast, Thinking I need or want to find another place to live but still torn that maybe there is no better place to be than where I am right now? I have lived in bigger cities or near them in NC.
      Everything you are describing what you are looking for is right in NC.
      Winston-Salem or towns on the outskirts you are just a few hours from the beach and even closer to the mountains. Flea markets, parks, night life.
      Good Luck!

      • Just curious ! Why do you want to move? Sounds like it’s nice were you are.how is the job market ? Crime ? Just curious .i really want to move and start over I.m almost fifty and I have lived in Minnesota my entire life.tge snow and winters are really getting to me.not to mention lack of sun .

    • Mary, I have wanted to relocate to Surf City, Topsail island, Hampstead, for 15 years. Can you define Toxic, and what city you are in ?

    • Laguna Woods Village, California
      It’s like summer camp for seniors!

  • I am 39, single with no children. Looking for a new beginning. I love the outdoors. I have lived in Long Island almost my whole life. It is too expensive for most, ready to start a “new life”, and no longer desirable for me, as the cabin fever has been sooooo played out. I need outdoors, with a convenience store not 20 miles away. Job opportunities, near a beach is a bonus, but I’m asking for a lot??

  • I’m from Baltimore, Maryland and cannot wait to relocate. I have been looking at GA and FL. I’ve also considered WY as it’s least populated. I’m 25 and want to take me and my two cats to a new place with a fresh start. Some place more friendly and better drivers!

    • I’m 27 divorced have ny own business near Pittsburgh and im moving to Miami next week on Friday,u can go with me and my friend bring your cats lol Everything literly got so bad where i was that im leaving my business,home,and everything behind starting fresh,trying to get away from a crazy ex gf

  • There are some great places to live, my choice would be Charlotte North Carolina. Most of my family are from there.. & I’m from Richmond Virginia & I seek to live comfortably and more job opportunities elsewhere.

  • Hey I’m 18 I live in Columbus Ohio little money just graduated from high school trying to get in college have know family support it’s all toxic here and I just want to move Nd start over

  • Kara Taylor

    I am a widow in SLC, UT. 1 child 1 dog. I want to relocate. I have an income. I am just scared of moving alone. anyone want some roommates?

    • Debbie Adams

      How old is your child and where are you thinking of relocating to?

  • Please any advice will appreciate it. Thanks in advance. I am a single mother of 2 kids only work I can do is working as a certified nurse assistant and a certified medication aide. Looking into moving to state with job opportunities and also friendly and safe for my kids.

  • Paula Hall

    I live in Illinois and things are getting worse here ! Our Governor is talking about raising our taxes on gas and our license plate registration from 101.00 per year to as much as 250.00 a year! Most people in Southern Illinois are retired and live on Social Security they can’t afford that kind of expense so people are moving out of this state in groves and I m considering it myself and jobs aren’t exactly plentiful that pay descent and rent is ridiculous don’t know what options are available and I’m 54.
    Our government really sucks here!

  • Kennan.Rebecca

    The secret of success is to work harder than others every day

  • Dawn Bammel

    I’m looking at moving to eastern Wisconsin from CA

  • Can anyone tell me about Myrtle beach ,SC?.Trying to relocate ,tired of New York.

  • Seasonedrite

    Single mother kids are all adults now grown on there own I work remote looking to relocate from north Jersey to safe environment and reasonably low cost in rent any suggestions 👀

  • How old is your child and where are you thinking of relocating?

  • Roseann Rothenbusch

    So many looking to move and begin life anew! I, too, dream of moving to a seaside paradise even at 73. I only wish I had done so 30 years ago; but, it really is never too late! I have little money and a few good friends locally.

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