By Joe Roberts | Updated: June 24, 2019

This article comes from……pretty interesting. Columbus, OH comes in at #27 at $1722/month. Rent is just $1060 of that amount. Denver Business Journal has Cbus at #49…’s the same data, just with more cities added.

Have you ever thought about packing up and moving to an entirely new city? Whether you’re motivated by job prospects, educational opportunities, or pure wanderlust, a fresh start in a new locale is an excellent way to begin the next chapter of your life.

Before you hit the road, though, there are a few things you should learn about your destination. Will it be a good fit for your lifestyle? What is its culture like? And, perhaps most importantly, can you afford to live there?

To help you find the ideal setting for the next act in your life’s play, we researched living costs in 75 popular US cities, and then we ranked them based on affordability.

Keep reading to find out which cities you could afford to live in—and which ones would be better to visit next time you get the travel bug.

What does cost of living include?

For our research, we looked into the average monthly costs of five common expenses:

  • Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment
  • Utilities (electricity, water, etc.)
  • Internet
  • Gasoline
  • Food (groceries plus occasional restaurant meals)

Of course, a lot of factors can affect your cost of living. If you ride public transportation every day and cook all of your meals at home, your cost of living likely will be much lower than your SUV-driving, pizza-ordering neighbor’s. Our numbers don’t account for differences in lifestyle, so consider them guidelines, not predictions.

With that in mind, let’s get to our rankings.

10 cities with the lowest living costs

1. El Paso, TX
2. Lincoln, NE
3. Toledo, OH
4. Wichita, KS
5. Louisville, KY

6. Tulsa, OK
7. Memphis, TN
8. Lexington, KY
9. Albuquerque,NM
10. Mesa, AZ