As of 2014, Orlando, Tampa, Temple Terrace and Altamonte Springs have some of the lowest costs of living in Florida. Common factors considered in determining the least expensive cities are average home prices, median family incomes and job prospects.
The cost of living also varies for different areas within the city. Although Tampa's home prices are lower overall than Orlando's, houses in the downtown area of Tampa are generally more expensive. Other considerations that influence an area's affordability include the price of groceries, transportation, utilities and health care. Salary levels also play an important role, as each city relies on different industries to support its economy.