I have written many articles on Frugal Zeitgeist dealing with the costs of living and the cheapest places to live and they have always come with a lot of questions. I think it’s impossible to actually work out which State, City or Town has the absolute lowest cost of living but it’s good to have some solid guidelines.
So I decided that a project was in order. Over the next few months I will be compiling spreadsheets and articles with basic cost of living data on a state by state basis. This central post will link to all those posts and as always your help and input would be highly appreciated.
Cost of Living in USA Averages
This Google docs spreadsheet shows the basic format I will be using for each state plus some averages that I have gathered so you can get an idea of the costs of living in the USA in general.
From the data I have gathered the average cost of a home is currently around $160k, the average costs for a owner occupied housing unit with a mortgage are around $1170 but renters only pay $650 on average. Weekly food costs for a nutritious low cost food plan are around $105 and I am yet to collect pricing for any individual staple items.