Illinois sometimes has a bad reputation but if you're looking for an affordable place to live, one of the cheapest cities in the whole United States is located in the state.

The Cost Of Living Everywhere Is Out Of Control

It's just insane how expensive the cost of living has gotten everywhere. Most working Americans aren't getting raises from their companies. Corporations are making big money while their employees struggle to pay the bills. A dollar doesn't buy even close to what it used to. You almost need to take out a loan to fill your tank with gas or purchase food for your family at the grocery store. It's really difficult to find somewhere affordable to live in anymore.

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Not Ranked Nationally But Rockford Is Still An Affordable Place To Live

Say what you will about Rockford, but in reality, it's still an affordable place to live. My mom's home is in the suburbs. When I go visit her, I get sticker shock from the price of everything. It's ridiculous. If you think things are expensive here, go into the Chicago area. That will freak you out. I don't know how people afford to live there.

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One Of The Cheapest Cities To Live In The United States Is Located In Illinois

If you're looking to move somewhere way more affordable, you don't have to go too far. A city in Illinois is one of the leaders on the list. IIt'seven in the top five. Checking in at number four is the Quad Cities which includes Rock Island and Moline, Illinois. I've visited there a few times and always had fun. It seems like a nice place to me.

According realestate.usnews.com,

The Quad Cities are affordable on both sides of the river.

 

Both Iowa and Illinois have average home prices lower than the national average, and Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island have average home prices lower than the state averages.

 

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Some of the criteria for the ranking include quality of life, jobs, the value of living there, and residents' desire to live there. Also, there are breweries, casinos, cruises, downtown areas, malls, museums, festivals, minor league sports teams, a PGA tournament, nightlife, and so much more. Sounds like a pretty good place to live.

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Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Illinois using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.