While cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami used to be the go-to cities for transplants looking for job opportunities, entertainment options and culture, there are a new breed of smaller cities that are attracting transplants from all over the U.S. The most impactful reason? According to U.S. News, these cities have been identified as the most affordable cities to move to for U.S. residents. Check them out here.
1. Charlotte, NC
According to U.S. News, Charlotte is ranked number 15 as one of the best places to live in 2016. This charming city is known to give transplants from larger and more expensive cities like NYC and L.A. more bang for their buck. With only 29.04% of income spent on living expenses, Charlotte residents enjoy a comfortable and healthy balance between an enjoyable life that is also affordable. Charlotte is also home to many large-scale employers such as Bank of America and All State insurance, so many transplants move for career advancement.
2. Minneapolis, MN
Frequently leading the charge as one of the healthiest cities in America, Minneapolis has recently become a viable option for transplants who want to downsize their living expenses. With top-notch schools, healthcare and corporations, it's easy to see why movers are flocking to the affordable yet high-quality lifestyle in Minneapolis. Ranked at #12 on U.S. News list of the most affordable places to live, Minneapolis residents spend a reasonable 28% of their income on living expenses.
3. Des Moines, IA
While many people may have written off Des Moines as just another sleepy town in the midwest, transplants that opt to settle down here are often pleasantly surprised. Ranked at #11 on U.S. News's list of the best places to live in the U.S., Des Moines is safe, convenient and extremely affordable to settle down in. If you're craving an escape from the hustle and bustle of the East or West coast and looking for a peaceful suburban oasis instead, Des Moines is your ideal affordable city match!
4. Colorado Springs, CO
Don't let the cold temperatures of Colorado fool you, Colorado Springs is the highest ranked city on this post coming in at #5 on U.S. News's list of the best places to live in America. From clean air to breathtaking scenery to only 28% of resident's income spent on living costs, Colorado Springs is an easy choice for transplants looking to escape the dizzying costs of living in cities like New York, Miami and Atlanta.
If you're looking to move to a city that'll be easier on your lifestyle and bank account, these cities rising in popularity are great options! From quality education to affordable and stress-free living, these cities may be the ideal place to settle down for you and your family.