10 Big American Cities That Are Cheap to Live In

We’ve all been there. It’s the last Thursday of the month, you’re slowly looking from your paycheck to the stack of bills beside the fridge, and feeling your soul curl up and weep at how financially screwed you are. Yup, it’s a common feeling for many of us, especially if our postal address happens to include an NYC, San Fran, or LA zip code. But fear not, there are plenty of other, cheaper cities out there. The best part? You won’t even have to move abroad to find them!

Below, we’ve collected the 10 cheapest large cities in the USA, according to website Numbeo’s cost of living index, which takes into account things like rent, cost of groceries, average salaries, and so-on. For this article, we’re defining “large” as a city of 200,000 or more; which means poor old Shreveport, Louisiana (pop: 198,242) just misses out getting its first ever mention on our site (it’d be at #6). Oh well, thems the breaks.

We’re also comparing each city against how much it costs to live in NYC, so you’ll be seeing a lot of sentences like “10. Dallas: 29.8% cheaper than New York”. Got all that? Great! Let’s do this thing.