What It Actually Costs to Live in America’s Least Expensive Cities

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20. Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL
> BEA cost of living: 15.8% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $5,978
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $669
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $695
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 20.8%
> Poverty rate: 15.7%

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19. Dothan, AL
> BEA cost of living: 15.9% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $6,261
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $695
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $776
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 17.6%
> Poverty rate: 19.5%

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18. Rocky Mount, NC
> BEA cost of living: 16.1% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $6,419
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $718
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $673
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 17.0%
> Poverty rate: 17.8%

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17. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
> BEA cost of living: 16.2% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $4,909
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $697
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $559
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 17.0%
> Poverty rate: 29.3%

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16. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL
> BEA cost of living: 16.2% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $6,136
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $679
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $736
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 16.5%
> Poverty rate: 16.3%