1. It doesn’t cost your firstborn child to live here.
The land of fried okra and gravy dominates the rest of the country with its affordability. According to Forbes’ list for most affordable cities in the United States, the majority of the spots in the ranking are from the South. Only one city from the West — Colorado Springs — and one from the Northeast — Buffalo — make the cut while the entire West Coast sips their way off the list with their $8 cups of coffee. The South, however, claims three spots among the top five — Birmingham, Knoxville, and Oklahoma City — with our lower taxes, lower cost of housing, and less daily expenses. So while you’re living it up in that $3,500 one-bedroom apartment, we’re dishing out $1,100 for a three-bedroom house.