Some towns with low costs of living include Harlingen, Texas; Fayetteville, Arkansas and McAllen, Texas. The town of Ashland, Ohio, is another area with a low cost of living.
The town of Harlingen, Texas, has the lowest cost of living in the United States, as of 2015. The average cost of living for a professional in Harlingen is 17 percent lower than the national average. Harlingen is located in the southern tip of Texas and has a population of 74,950. The average home in Harlingen costs $229,558. In Harlingen, 1 pound of ground beef costs $2.35, and a visit to the movies costs about $9.
McAllen, Texas, has a population of 130,831 and is the third-least-expensive town in the country. The average McAllen home costs $178,000, while an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms costs $708 monthly. The cost of living in McAllen, Texas, is 16.2 percent lower than the national average.
Ashland, Ohio, is nicknamed "The world headquarters of nice people." It is one hour away from Cleveland and Columbus, the largest cities in Ohio. Ashland's cost of living is 14 percent lower than the national average. The average cost of a home in Ashland is approximately $217,000. An apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms costs $523 per month.