10 cheapest places to live in the U.S.

  • 10 cheapest places to live in the U.S.

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    Harlingen, Texas

    Harlingen, Texas

    For three straight years, Harlingen, Texas, has ranked as America's most affordable city. Its cost of living index of 81.8 in 2012 fell 0.6 from the previous year.

    The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation Board in a statement last month confirmed that the city "has been ranked number one for 11 consecutive quarters."

    "Consistently being able to boast a cost of living of approximately 20 percent below the national average is useful in our economic development efforts since a low cost of living is an indication of a low cost of doing business," said Dr. Gilbert Leal, vice president of the board.

    Market prices in Harlingen, Texas--


    • Half-gallon of milk - $2.33
    • Monthly rent - $640
    • Home price - $218,554
    • Gallon of gas - $3.293
    • Haircut - $7.50
    • Movie ticket - $9.17
    • Bottle of wine - $6.27

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