10 Affordable Cities To Move To And Start Over

Illustrated Map of The United States of America

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 Basketball 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.

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

    • 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.

  • 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

  • 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…..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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??

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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!

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