Published On: December 5th, 2023Categories: Cost of LivingTags: , , , , , , , ,

The 10 Cheapest Cities People Love Living In

The 10 Cheapest Cities People Love Living In

Buckle up, because we’re about to uncover some budget-friendly gems that might just be your next home. From affordable rents to wallet-friendly dining and transportation, these cities are termed “best buys” by experienced people on the internet looking to cut costs. Time is money, so let’s get right into it, shall we?

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai is a budget-friendly city to live in. From street food feasts to cozy guesthouses, this Thai gem wraps you in affordability, but be sure you understand the burning season before you move there. A fellow traveler stated that he could rent a place in the heart of Chiang Mai for $250/month. The place was surrounded by amenities like restaurants and shopping. Is that about what you’re paying in the U.S.?

➤ Learn more about living in Thailand

2. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires is significantly cheaper than most countries when it comes to renting places to live. A commenter emphasized that she ate the best steak of her life at least three times a week with local wine and lived in the best neighborhood for only $440/month. She was feeling blissful that she was able to save so much money. According to her, it’s the exact opposite in the U.S. That said, Argentina may switch soon to the U.S. dollar, so enjoy the bargains while you can.

➤ Learn more about living in Argentina

3. Qingdao, China

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China, the most populated country in the world, comes with the most convenient solutions, too. As concluded by an expert voyager, most prominent cities in China are super cheap and very safe. He added that he used to pay $300/month for a big modern loft, and the food and groceries were more affordable. The only potential drawback there is the language barrier.

4. Da Nang, Vietnam

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Da Nang is on the list of cheap cities to live and for obvious reasons. A traveler could stay in Da Nang for only $202/month, and that’s super affordable compared to the rental prices in other countries. Da Nang also offers gorgeous beaches and hot weather, so bring your sunscreen.

➤ Learn more about living in Vietnam

5. Taipei, Taiwan

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Multiple contributors said they enjoyed their stay in Taipei and that it was well balanced in terms of cost of living, including rent, restaurants, shopping, and quality of life. Travelers can get an excellent place for themselves for $600-$900/month. Another plus point is that there are tons of things to do, the connectivity is amazing, and you can easily travel around the rest of the island without breaking your bank account.

➤ Learn more about living in Taiwan

6. Lviv, Ukraine

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The city isn’t considered cheap by Ukrainian standards, but it was still half the price of the average city in the United States. The locals’ warm hospitality and Lviv’s rich history make every stroll through the town feel like a journey through time. A commenter said he rented a one-bedroom apartment for $411/month and paid just an addition $73/month for utilities. Pretty cheap, right? The city was hit by a Russian missile strike in July and August of 2023, but the town is near Poland and far from the war front.

7. Lahore, Pakistan

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Lahore is significantly cheaper than even most of the other cities on this list. The open arms and the delightful smiles of Pakistanis add a cherry on top. Seasoned travelers emphasized that staying in Lahore is easy on the bank account because you can rent pretty lovely places for less than $150/month. Now, that’s a perfect blend of affordability and convenience.

8. Kumamoto, Japan

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The city that offers a wallet-friendly journey into Japanese culture: Kumamoto, Japan. The delightful street food creates an ambiance that’s highly irresistible for tourists and residents alike. A user offered that the range of rents here is about $200-$700/month. He lived there for two-and-a-half years and can’t wait to go back.

➤ Learn more about living in Japan

9. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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An explorer believes that the cheapest city he has lived in while traveling has to be Ho Chi Minh City (also called Saigon) in Vietnam. He stated that the quality of life there was definitely worth it, and he really enjoyed his time. The cost of living is low, and you can eat well for cheap. He paid $600/month for a modern, budget-friendly apartment, and he thought that despite being a big city, it had a friendly village vibe.

➤ Learn more about living in Vietnam

10. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Can you imagine living well on just $200/month without having to go back to the ’40s or ’50s? Well, one user had the opportunity to do just that in Bishkek. He said that no city can beat the charming Soviet vibe and incredible nature this city offers while costing next to nothing. He highly recommends trying it out!

Source: Reddit

Want to Afford an Apartment on Minimum Wage? Move to Europe

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One measure of quality of life is how much of your monthly paycheck you’ll need to make an average rent payment. The ETUC compared minimum wage to monthly rent in 11 European countries. See how the United States stacks up against them.

➤ Want to Afford an Apartment on Minimum Wage? Move to Europe

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Here are 21 price comparisons between global hotspots and U.S. cities with similar costs, plus 16 incredible cities that are cheaper than anywhere you could live in the States.

Compare How Much it Costs to Live in These Popular Cities

Affordable Cities to Move to in Portugal

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If you’re concerned about rent prices in Lisbon or contributing to housing shortages, consider these more affordable and less crowded options.

Affordable Cities to Move to in Portugal

Zobia Shazi, Expatsi contributor
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Zobia Shazi is a freelance writer from Pakistan and travel enthusiast. With a Bachelor's degree in IT and four years of professional writing experience, she's passionate about crafting compelling content for people all over the globe. When she's not busy typing, you can find her reading books in a nice cafe or exploring new places.

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Zobia Shazi, Expatsi contributor
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Zobia Shazi is a freelance writer from Pakistan and travel enthusiast. With a Bachelor's degree in IT and four years of professional writing experience, she's passionate about crafting compelling content for people all over the globe. When she's not busy typing, you can find her reading books in a nice cafe or exploring new places.