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Most affordable cities in America

Memphis is a rather affordable city.

Memphis is a rather affordable city.

Starting a new life in a different part of the country can be an exciting experience, but you need to figure out where to go first. If affordability is your primary requirement, there are plenty of places throughout the nation that may be exactly what you need. Low costs of living can help make your stay affordable and enjoyable, and it can give you a new perspective on life in America.

Springfield, Illinois
The capital of Illinois may be a good place to bring your moving containers, as it has one of the lowest costs of living in the nation. Citing data from the Council for Community and Economic Research, Kiplinger noted that Springfield has a median household income of approximately $47,000, while the average home price is less than $211,000. This can be a great option if you want to move near Chicago, but don't want to deal with the expenses that come with the city.

Wilmington, Delaware
If you wish to live in the Washington, D.C. metro area, but don't want to be in more expensive cities such as the district itself, Baltimore or Philadelphia, then Wilmington may be a good option. The median salary for those who just graduated college is nearly $60,000, according to Forbes. The city also has a low unemployment rate compared to the national average.

The cost of living ends up being slightly higher than the national average, the source noted, citing Sperling's Best Places, but the high salary for those exiting college may make it worth it. Being so close to other major cities may make this a possible destination for those who don't want to live right next to their job.

Memphis, Tennessee
If a move to Tennessee is more attractive to you, then checking out Memphis as a possible destination may be the right decision. The city is large - more than 650,000 people - so there's always something to do. However, according to Kiplinger, the median household income is less than $37,000, while the average home price is slightly more than $180,000.

The city is a notable business destination, and also has a unique and long history. In addition, it's on the banks of the Mississippi, which can make the city and its surrounding area quite scenic.

Warren, Michigan
The metro Detroit area is recovering well from the housing market collapse, and you may find plenty of places in the area with a high level of affordability. One of these options is Warren, which is one of the largest cities in the state of Michigan. The unemployment rate is still a bit higher than the national average, but the salary for college grads is more than $58,000 on average, Forbes explained. This may make a move worthwhile if you get a job offer in the Detroit area.

The city is only 20 minutes from Detroit, and this may make driving to work more affordable. There is also low cost of living in Warren, the source noted.

Fayetteville, Arkansas
If you are looking for a city that is away from the busy life of a major metro area, then Fayetteville, Arkansas may be for you. The city is the home of the University of Arkansas, which makes it a great college town destination.

The median household income is $37,113, while the average home price is approximately $228,000, Kiplinger explained. It is also near the Ozark National Forest, which can make for a great sightseeing destination and perfect for outdoor activities.