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America’s 10 Cheapest States to Live in 2017

One of the most powerful ways to attract great workers is to provide them an affordable place to live. These 10 states certainly have that going for them. The Cost of Living category in our annual America’s Top States for Business study measures all 50 states on an index of prices for basic items. The category is worth a possible 50 out of our 2,500 total. Looking to save some money? Check out these 10 cheapest states, along with average prices for some basic items in their most expensive metro areas.

Price data based on the 2016 Annual Average Cost of Living Index by the Council for Community and Economic Research, C2ER.