You won’t need to worry about finances in these cities. Live comfortably for $40, 000 a year by packing up and moving to these fine American towns!
10. Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Population: 115,300, median home price: $127,300, sun shining days per year: 188. One short hour north of Milwaukee, you’ll find this tiny Midwestern town on the shores of glorious Lake Michigan. The opening of the Sheboygan River is the area’s main draw and a hotspot for surfing and sailing. You will love Sheboygan’s free and affordable events and activities, and you won’t want to miss the annual Brat Days festival, a celebration of the city’s most famous culinary export.
9. Eugene, Oregon
Population: 358,300, median home price: $222,000, sun shining days per year: 155. Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, Eugene has “carefully cultivated its image as an outdoor lover’s paradise,” or so says The AARP Magazine. You will enjoy regular farmer’s market visits, hiking and biking trails, museums, vineyards, and galleries.
8. Cleveland, Ohio
Population: 2 million, median home price: $124,000, sun shining days per year: 166. Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to the NFL’s Browns and a growing population of baby boomers and millennials. LeBron James may be the big draw for NBA fans, but there is also a strong art and music community, complete with spunky nightlife and award-winning restaurants.
7. Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Population: 258,000, median home price: $208,200, sun shining days per year: 226. Located in the Florida panhandle, Fort Walton Beach residents know how to party and relax to live outdoor music while lounging on the beach. It’s a relaxing yet active city thanks to surging tourism and nearby Eglin Air Force Base.
6. Abilene, Texas
Population: 168,600, median home price: $106,500, sun shining days per year: 243. Abilene is stereotypical Texan: charming, authentic, and packed with good barbecue. Less than a three-hour drive from Dallas, Abilene is where you will find Depression-era cultural gems, the Paramount Theatre, the Grace Museum, plus the Dixie Pig, the oldest restaurant in town, where you can grab a $5 breakfast.
5. Bristol, Virginia, and Tennessee
Population: 308,000, median home price: $115,000, sun shining days per year: 201. Bordering both Virginia and Tennessee, the city of Bristol sits at the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and is the home of country music. Live and sometimes free bluegrass and country music events are a city staple, along with outdoor activities like boating, fishing, hiking, and golfing. If you’re a NASCAR fan, twice each year, residents gather at the famous Bristol Motor Speedway for events.
4. Cheyenne, Wyoming
Population: 96,400, median home price: $191,800, sun shining days per year: 236. Residents enjoy a small-town feel and a Wild West atmosphere. Cowboys and rodeos remain a staple and uphold the city’s roots. The area is continually welcoming new residents thanks to a growing technology industry. The low cost of living plus parks and festivals keep daily life affordable.
3. Cañon City, Colorado
Population: 16,300, median home price: $146,700, sun shining days per year: 250. A quick hour south of Colorado Springs, Cañon City, is a sleepy town that’s where adventure seekers spend their day’s rafting, rock climbing, fishing, and hiking near the Arkansas River. The historic downtown district is gaining new life, and unemployment is incredibly low, thanks to several state and federal prisons in the area.
2. Rochester, New York
Population: 1.08 million, median home price: $126,600, sun shining days per year: 165. New York state’s third largest city lies on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario and has exceptional schools, libraries, art institutions, and parks. Highland Park, the Frederick Law Olmstead-designed arboretum, hosts the annual Lilac Festival. And for over 110 years, Rochester’s Public Market continues to offer fresh produce, locally made food, and bargain merchandise to residents and visitors alike.
1. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Population: 248,400, median home price: $202,000, sun shining days per year: 211. Sioux Falls is the largest area city and boasts of high ranks of happiness, tons of outdoor activities, a strong sense of community, and a friendly spirit. Sculpture Walk is a free hotspot and no state income tax and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country to boot.