10 Cheapest Cities in the Country
No. 7 cheapest city: Ashland, Ohio
Cost of living index: 86
This city 60 miles southwest of Cleveland boasts the nation's second-best prices for miscellaneous items, with costs running 16.3% below the U.S. average.
You'll also get the 19th-best deal on housing (26.7% below average), as well as smaller discounts on utilities (11.7% less than average) and groceries (2.5% cheaper than average).
Ashland residents pay 3.9% more than average for health care, though, and 3.1% above average for transportation.
No. 6 cheapest city: Temple, Texas
Cost of living index: 85.7
The Lone Star State hosts three of America's 10 cheapest cities.
Temple, Texas -- in the central part of the state roughly between Dallas and San Antonio -- has below-average prices in all six categories researchers measured.
For openers, the city boasts the nation's fourth-cheapest groceries (18.1% below average) and 12th-least-expensive housing (28.3% less than average).
You'll also save money on transportation (8.2% below average), miscellaneous goods (7.9% less than average), health care (7% under the average) and utilities (0.1% below average).
No. 5 cheapest city: Ardmore, Okla.
Cost of living index: 85.2
Prices in this community some 90 miles south of Oklahoma City trail the U.S. average in all six categories tracked.
For instance, Ardmore features the nation's seventh-best prices for miscellaneous goods, with costs running 12.7% below the U.S. average.