Cheapest Places to Live in the US

America is one of the most developed nations of the world, but inspite of it, around 40 million people there live in poverty. The task of surveying the poverty levels in country and in each state is carried out by the US Census Bureau. Most American cities have sprawled to outskirts, leading to creation of suburbs. Suburbs offer better living conditions to people. Many businesses have shifted their base to the newly developed areas. People who have stayed back in the core cities face a steep shortage of employment opportunities, which in turn leads to poverty.

Some of the cheapest places to live in the US based on the statistics of US Census Bureau include names like Conway Arkansas, Pueblo Colorado,Wichita Falls and Fayetteville. The cost of living and quality of life are two aspects one should consider before relocating. Think about the negatives too, such as unemployment and poverty to finally zero in on one place that suits you best.

Idaho Falls Idaho:

Idaho Falls Idaho

Idaho Falls is the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. The city serves as a hub to all of eastern Idaho and much of western Wyoming. Due to its relative economic vitality, high quality of life and proximity to world-class outdoor recreation it is often featured in various publications lists of best places to live. The area is served by the Idaho Falls Regional Airport and is home to the Idaho Falls Chukars minor league baseball team. Idaho Falls has established itself as a regional cultural destination. The Willard Art Center, The Colonial Theatre and Civic Auditorium are home to year round, diverse musical concerts, plays and events. The greenbelt along the Snake River hosts many community events, such as the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration the Roaring Youth Jam, and the Farmers Market, among others. Idaho Falls serves as a regional hub for health care, travel and business in eastern Idaho. The community’s economy was mostly agriculturally focused until the opening of the National Reactor Testing Station in the desert west of Idaho Falls in 1949. The city subsequently became largely dependent on high-income jobs from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) known locally simply as The Site. The laboratory made several cutbacks in 1993. Since then the town has added call centers, a growing retail, entertainment and restaurant sector and a regional medical center. Idaho Falls was named by Business Week as one of the 2010 List of Best Places to Raise Kids. In addition, Forbes selected Idaho Falls as one of the 2010 Best Small Places for Business & Careers. Idaho Falls has become a regional business hub. Despite originally being selected as the site for both the University of Idaho and BYU-Idaho. According to a USA Today article, Idaho Falls is now the largest city in the United States without a traditional college.Idaho Falls is home to a few higher options, including Eastern Idaho Technical College, established in 1969 as a vocational-technical college. Stevens-Henager College and University of Phoenix have also opened local resource centers in order to aid students in online degree programs. Notable Idaho Falls neighborhoods include Historic Downtown, The Numbered Streets and The West Side. Historic Downtown lies along the east side of the river between Memorial Drive and Yellowstone Avenue. More eateries, wineries, shops and art centers are popping up downtown each year. The Numbered Streets area was the first planned neighborhood in Idaho Falls. The tree-lined streets run west and east between South Boulevard and Holmes Avenue. This area has recently become a desirable location because of the re-development of nearby Historic down. West side across the Snake River to the west lacks the congestion and activity of the east side. The west side also houses Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Conway Arkansas:

Conway Ark

Known as the city of colleges, Conway is the 7th most populated city in the state of Arkansas. A part of Faulkner country, it has always been known as a city with low living costs. Apart from being featured in cheapest places list, the city is also known as one of the best places to retire and also for great business opportunities. The growing economy of the city adds to other positive aspects of relocating here. The biggest employers here are Acxiom Corporation and University of Central Arkanasas, hiring around 2000 and 1500 employees respectively. One thing you must note is that according to 2010 census, 16% of the population in this city lives under poverty line. However, the city provides residents with a good quality of life and the cultural recreation available here is said to be the best among all the cities mentioned in the list. One of the city’s largest annual events, Toad Suck Daze has been held since 1982. The three day community festival incorporates live music, food and craft vendors. Conway is also home to a very popular sport-fishing destination and the largest man-made Game and Fish commission lake in the United States. Lake Conway, home to largemouth bass, crappie, gar, catfish, bream, bowfin, etc. The Arkansas Crappie Masters state tournament is held here every year. Conway was home to one of the world’s largest school bus manufacturers, IC Corporation. The Conway plant was one of only two IC manufacturing plants the other is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. IC Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar International Corporation of Illinois. IC was previously known as American Transportation Corporation and Ward Body Works. The company was originally founded in 1933. IC has decided to close the plant and move all bus manufacturing to the Tulsa, OK plant.

Springfield Ill:

Springfield Ill.

Springfield is the current capital of the US State of Illinois and the country seat of Sangamon Country. The most famous past resident is Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President. Major tourist attractions include a multitude of historic sites connected with Lincoln. Many of the jobs in the city center around state government headquartered in Springfield.  Trade, transportation and utilities and the health care industries each provide many jobs to the city. Springfield is known for some popular food items: the corn dog on a stick is claimed to have been invented in the city under the name Cozy Dog, although there is some debate to the origin of the snack. The horseshoe sandwich, not well known outside of central Illinois also originated in Springfield. Springfield was once the site of the Reisch Beer brewery, which operated for 117 years under the same name and family from 1849 to 1966. When it comes to historic Lincoln sites, Springfield is clearly the epicenter. Around the town his memories stays afresh because of the presence of his marble pedestal. The city of Springfield is dotted with sites associated with the U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, who started his political career there. These include the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, a National Historical Park that includes the preserved surrounding neighborhood the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, the Lincoln Depot, from which Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield to be inaugurated in Washington D.C. the Elijah Iles House, Edwards Place and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Near the village of Petersburg, is New Salem State Park, a restored hamlet of log cabins.  This is a reconstruction of the town where Lincoln lived as a young man. With the opening of the Presidential Library and Museum in 2004, the city has attracted numerous prominent visitors, including President George W. Bush, the actor Liam Neeson, and the Emir of Qatar. The per capita income for the city was $23,324. About 8.4% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those aged 65 or over.

Pueblo Colorado:

Pueblo Colo.

One of the biggest steel producers in America, Pueblo is a city in the state of Colorado, situated roughly 100 miles away from its capital, Denver. It is the 246th most populated city in the country, but with one of the cheapest living costs. The housing costs in this city are approximately 30% lower than the national average. Two negatives are the high unemployment rate and the crime rate which happens to be higher than the national average. Two negatives are the high unemployment rate and the crime rate which happens to be higher than the national average. Recreation in the city is good with most of the state’s cultural activities centered here. Also, Pueblo sees less snow as compared to other chief cities in the state. There are no costs, high or low for the natural magical environment in and around the city.Pueblo is the home to Colorado’s largest single event, the Colorado State Fair, held annually in the late summer and the largest parade, the state fair parade as well as an annual Chili Festival. The National Street Rod Association’s Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals have been held in Pueblo for twenty-three years, largest and premier street rod event in the region.Small Smiles Dental Centers originated from a dental clinic established in Pueblo in 1928. Small Smiles had its headquarters in Pueblo until they moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2006.

Wichita Falls, Texas:

Wichita Falls, Texas

Wichita Falls is a city in Wichita County, Texas, United States and is also the county seat. Wichita Falls is the principal city of the Wichita Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Archer, Clay and Wichita counties. According to the 2010 census, the city had a population of 104,553 making it the twenty-ninth most populous city in the state of Texas. In addition to Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls is also home to the Newby-McMahon Building, constructed downtown in 1919 and since known as the world’s littlest skyscraper.

Fayetteville, Arkansas:

Fayetteville, Ark.

Fayetteville is a great choice if you wish to relocate with your family. It is said that unemployment here is below national average. This is because of the fact that its local economy is self-sufficient, secure and offers great opportunity. It was named as one of the best place in America for businesses and careers, by Forbes in 2010. The renowned University of Arkansas is based here. The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area is ranked second by Forbes, for recovery from recession caused due to the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The city has a population of 73,580 and unemployment rate is 6.1%. Known as Washington until 1829, the city was named after Fayetteville, Tennessee, where many of the settlers were from. It was incorporated in November 3, and was chartered in 1867.

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