Michigan Town Named the No. 2 Most Beautiful, Affordable in the US

Michigan has some beautiful areas to live. As it turns out, some of the most affordable places, too. That’s a great combination. Now, a new study has come out that looks at the most beautiful and affordable cities to live in America, and they have one Michigan town on the tally.

The research comes from Travel and Leisure, which states, “From its bustling cities to its quiet coastal towns, America is home to a plethora of enticing places with their own unique draws to prospective residents. When considering where to live in the U.S., it’s more important than ever to assess both the affordability and beauty of a location, especially with housing and living costs steadily rising.”

They also explain that the list of the most beautiful and affordable cities in the US was put together utilizing data from U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 to 2023 rankings. That data included the most affordable places to live in the U.S. and the best places to live in the U.S. It “offers a collection of some of the dreamiest places to live in America that won’t break the bank.” That’s a nice concept, because let’s face it: Often, the most beautiful areas are very expensive when it comes to the cost of living. Finding an area that’s both a gorgeous one and affordable is a rare treat. That’s what makes this list a good one to keep close if you are planning to relocate.

Read on for the top 10 most beautiful and affordable places to live in the US, via Travel and Leisure. For the full tally and information on why these are the best, visit Travel and Leisure here.

  • 10. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Here we go! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is No. 10 on this list. According to this article and the data, the median housing cost is around $222,000, which is more affordable than many other areas in America. Pittsburgh is also a big city with a small-town appeal, as so many neighboring areas are quaint and delightful.

  • 9. South Bend, Indiana

    South Bend, Indiana, is home to Notre Dame, and that’s really the city’s claim to fame. That said, it’s a beautiful town that offers plenty of amenities found in larger towns, but in a smaller setting. According to the study, this town as a low cost of living and an affordable median housing cost” at around $142,000. That’s definitely a steal in today’s housing market.

  • 8. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

    Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, is another example of a town that’s not too big and not too small. It offers a comfortable environment for living, and it’s not too expensive to live there, either. According to the study, the median housing price is about $436,700, which “keeps pace with the national median, while homeowners reap the benefit of lower property taxes.”

  • 7. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

    Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the hottest places to move lately. I have some friends who recently moved down there, and they are not alone. According to this study, the area has “serene walking trails, vibrant nightlife and innovative restaurants.” Sounds like a win to me. The median housing costs are about $394,400.

  • 6. St. Louis, Missouri

    St. Louis, Missouri, is another gem on this list, when it comes to an area that’s both affordable and beautiful. The median housing cost in this area is around $260,000, which is “significantly less than the national median and greatly appeals to those looking to relocate,” the study says.

  • 5. Knoxville, Tennessee

    Knoxville, Tennessee, is another city that’s not too big and not too small. When you think of Tennessee, you probably think of Nashville or Memphis, but Knoxville has its own charm. This town has a great music scene and with a $335,000 median housing price, the cost of getting a home is “markedly lower than many other similar-sized metropolitan areas in the U.S.,” according to the study.

  • 4. Louisville, Kentucky

    Louisville, Kentucky, is a city that I’ve traveled to many times to attend the annual Rock on the Range music festival. It has some great walking trails and park areas. What’s a big draw is that the city has a very low median housing cost at around $163,000, according to this study, and a low cost of living.

  • 3. Greenville, South Carolina

    Greenville, South Carolina, is an area that is a bit off the radar, but it’s tops when it comes to its beauty and affordability. According to the study, the median home price is about $320,000, under the national median. The city also offers a charming downtown area.

  • 2. Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Here we go! Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a high No. 2 on the list. Grand Rapids is the second biggest city in Michigan, behind Detroit. While the city is vibrant and fairly large, Grand Rapids definitely has a small town feel. It’s also close to Lake Michigan, which makes it perfect for summer lake trips.

  • 1. Hickory, North Carolina

    Hickory, North Carolina, is the No. 1 spot on this list of the most beautiful and affordable places to live in the US. According to the study, “currently ranked as the cheapest place to live in the U.S., Hickory has a median home price of $161,000.” Sounds like a win-win.

  • Source: TravelandLeisure.com

    10 Most Beautiful and Affordable Places to Live in the U.S.

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