The Cheapest States to Live In

Each state in the U.S. has a different standard of living from the other, and in some cases, the differences can be extreme. Knowing which states are the cheapest to live in is an important part of research that should be undertaken when moving or relocating. 

To understand why a state is considered cheap to live in, one must compare the wages that people earn in a given area with the cost of living of that same area, i.e. the cost of all expenditures needed to live, such as utilities, transportation, groceries, and healthcare. By combining these factors, we come up with the average living wage necessary to live in the area studied. The living wage is typically measured in the hourly rate that an individual must earn to be able to support himself. 

The cheapest states to live in are therefore the states with the lowest living wages necessary. By far, the cheapest state of all is South Dakota, quickly followed by Wyoming, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Kentucky. 

If you would like to know more about state living wages, look at the state data in the charts.

Regional Price Parities by State

Alabama - Regional Price Parities

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89.25%

#4 in the US

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$15.91

#40 in the US

Alaska - Regional Price Parities

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103.24%

#42 in the US

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$16.72

#25 in the US

Arizona - Regional Price Parities

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99.07%

#33 in the US

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$17.43

#14 in the US

Arkansas - Regional Price Parities

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89.18%

#5 in the US

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$15.55

#41 in the US

California - Regional Price Parities

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110.38%

#48 in the US

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$21.82

#2 in the US

Colorado - Regional Price Parities

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102.87%

#40 in the US

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$19.16

#7 in the US

Connecticut - Regional Price Parities

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103.44%

#43 in the US

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$19

#8 in the US

Delaware - Regional Price Parities

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97.87%

#29 in the US

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$17.74

#15 in the US

District of Columbia - Regional Price Parities

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111.46%

#50 in the US

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$23.13

#1 in the US

Florida - Regional Price Parities

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100.71%

#36 in the US

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$17.24

#16 in the US

Georgia - Regional Price Parities

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94.54%

#25 in the US

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$17.64

#17 in the US

Hawaii - Regional Price Parities

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111.99%

#51 in the US

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$21.99

#3 in the US

Idaho - Regional Price Parities

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91.2%

#7 in the US

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$16.16

#26 in the US

Illinois - Regional Price Parities

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100.48%

#37 in the US

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$18.16

#12 in the US

Indiana - Regional Price Parities

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92.5%

#15 in the US

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$15.79

#42 in the US

Iowa - Regional Price Parities

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91.05%

#8 in the US

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$16.18

#27 in the US

Kansas - Regional Price Parities

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92.36%

#16 in the US

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$16.38

#28 in the US

Kentucky - Regional Price Parities

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89.78%

#6 in the US

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$15.46

#43 in the US

Louisiana - Regional Price Parities

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92.72%

#17 in the US

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$16.15

#29 in the US

Maine - Regional Price Parities

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96.78%

#28 in the US

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$17.88

#18 in the US

Maryland - Regional Price Parities

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106.47%

#45 in the US

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$19.74

#9 in the US

Massachusetts - Regional Price Parities

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107.44%

#46 in the US

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$21.88

#4 in the US

Michigan - Regional Price Parities

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94.05%

#26 in the US

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$16.36

#30 in the US

Minnesota - Regional Price Parities

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98.63%

#32 in the US

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$17.74

#19 in the US

Mississippi - Regional Price Parities

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87.78%

#2 in the US

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$15.66

#44 in the US

Missouri - Regional Price Parities

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92.49%

#18 in the US

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$16.29

#31 in the US

Montana - Regional Price Parities

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92.44%

#19 in the US

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$16.32

#32 in the US

Nebraska - Regional Price Parities

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92.89%

#20 in the US

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$16.6

#33 in the US

Nevada - Regional Price Parities

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97.06%

#30 in the US

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$16.24

#34 in the US

New Hampshire - Regional Price Parities

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103.71%

#44 in the US

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$17.32

#20 in the US

New Jersey - Regional Price Parities

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111.16%

#52 in the US

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$20.57

#6 in the US

New Mexico - Regional Price Parities

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91.57%

#9 in the US

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$16.25

#35 in the US

New York - Regional Price Parities

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110.21%

#49 in the US

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$21.99

#5 in the US

North Carolina - Regional Price Parities

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91.84%

#10 in the US

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$17.14

#21 in the US

North Dakota - Regional Price Parities

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92.04%

#21 in the US

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$15.37

#45 in the US

Ohio - Regional Price Parities

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91.69%

#11 in the US

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$15.61

#46 in the US

Oklahoma - Regional Price Parities

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91.32%

#12 in the US

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$15.75

#47 in the US

Oregon - Regional Price Parities

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102.62%

#41 in the US

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$19.51

#10 in the US

Pennsylvania - Regional Price Parities

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97.56%

#31 in the US

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$16.67

#36 in the US

Rhode Island - Regional Price Parities

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101.85%

#39 in the US

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$17.8

#22 in the US

South Carolina - Regional Price Parities

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91.65%

#13 in the US

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$17.47

#23 in the US

South Dakota - Regional Price Parities

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91.52%

#14 in the US

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$14.85

#51 in the US

Tennessee - Regional Price Parities

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92.15%

#22 in the US

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$15.45

#48 in the US

Texas - Regional Price Parities

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99.54%

#34 in the US

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$16.41

#37 in the US

Utah - Regional Price Parities

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95.32%

#27 in the US

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$16.98

#38 in the US

Vermont - Regional Price Parities

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99.35%

#35 in the US

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$17.81

#24 in the US

Virginia - Regional Price Parities

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100.98%

#38 in the US

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$19.4

#11 in the US

Washington - Regional Price Parities

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107.36%

#47 in the US

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$18.54

#13 in the US

West Virginia - Regional Price Parities

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87.96%

#3 in the US

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$15.45

#49 in the US

Wisconsin - Regional Price Parities

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93.19%

#24 in the US

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$16.4

#39 in the US

Wyoming - Regional Price Parities

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92.26%

#23 in the US

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$15.25

#50 in the US

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#52 in the US