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

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10. Cape Girardeau, MO-IL
> BEA cost of living: 17.3% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $6,560
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $703
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $693
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 26.6%
> Poverty rate: 17.6%

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9. Sebring, FL
> BEA cost of living: 17.4% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $5,736
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $790
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $744
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 13.0%
> Poverty rate: 18.8%

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8. Jefferson City, MO
> BEA cost of living: 17.8% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $6,397
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $644
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $708
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 27.1%
> Poverty rate: 8.6%

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7. Jackson, TN
> BEA cost of living: 17.9% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $6,180
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $734
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $713
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 19.1%
> Poverty rate: 17.8%

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6. Hattiesburg, MS
> BEA cost of living: 17.9% less expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $5,748
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $790
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $758
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.0%
> Poverty rate: 19.8%