Finding a place to live with a low cost of living can be a great thing. As it turns out, Michigan has the No. 1 cheapest city in the entire U.S. to live in, according to a new study. So, if you’re looking to live on a budget, this might be the right spot.
The crew at Kiplinger.com has put together a list of the cheapest cities to live in America based on the Council for Community and Economic Research’s (C2ER) calculations of living expenses in 290 urban areas. “We then limited ourselves to metro areas with at least 50,000 inhabitants,” they state in the report. “In both cases, C2ER’s Cost of Living Index measures prices for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, healthcare, and miscellaneous goods and services, such as going to a movie or getting your hair done at a salon.”
The No. 1 cheapest city to live in America, according to the findings, is Kalamazoo, Michigan. My uncle lived in Kalamazoo his whole life and loved it!
“Western Michigan University, with its multiple campuses and research facilities, is a major driver of the local economy,” the report stats. “Pfizer (PFE), the drug company, has a sizable operation in Kalamazoo, and medical equipment maker Stryker (SYK) is headquartered in the city. As for recreational activities, the Kalamazoo Nature Center hosts free daily activities. Nearby parks offer a combined 140 miles of trails and three swimming beaches. If you want to get away to the big city, Chicago is less than three hours by car if traffic is merciful.”