The 10 Cheapest States to Live In the U.S. in 2022

According to the Future Workforce Report, by 2025, 36.2 million Americans are expected to work remotely, almost double the pre-pandemic amount.

Traditionally, people were forced to live within a reasonable commute of their place of employment, but without that limitation, Americans are free to relocate based on other factors.

While housing costs are considered in the cost of living index, they can be a significant driver of affordability and an important factor in determining where to live. 

Here is the list of the top ten cheapest states to live in the United States.

Mississippi is overall the most affordable state to live in the U.S., with a cost of living index of just 83.3, 17% cheaper than the average state. 


Housing is also very affordable, with a typical home value of just $158,000. Mississippi offers a warm climate and beaches on the Gulf Coast.

With a population of just under 3 million, Kansas offers affordable living, coming in 13.5% cheaper than the national average. 


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