Does your list of New Year’s 2022 resolutions include finding one of the best places to live in the United States that is cheap and sunny? You’re lucky. A recent PropertyShark study ranked the cheapest places to live in America with the best weather. To compile the list, PropertyShark looked at US cities with populations over 150,000, then analyzed the cost of housing and the quality of the climate.
In order to be considered for the list, landlords were not required to spend more than 30% of their income on a monthly housing payment. For the weather, PropertyShark took into account the number of days with clear skies, the number of days with extreme temperatures (above 90Âº or below 32Âº) and the number of rainy and windy days.
The result? âAmericans looking for mild climates and affordable housing will find options primarily in the humid and subtropical regions of the south and southeast,â says Irina Lupa of PropertyShark.
Topping the list: Charlotte, North Carolina, which ranks well thanks to affordable housing, moderate cost of living, well-paying jobs, a vibrant community, and a year-round mild climate. In fact, the state of North Carolina swept the list, with three cities in the top five spots. Raleigh ranks number two, while Greensboro comes in at number five. (Coincidentally, Charlotte and Raleigh are also two of America’s fastest growing cities.)
When it comes to housing, Charlotte has a median income of $ 62,817 and a median selling price of $ 298,296, which translates into an affordability index of 29% (in other words, residents no. ‘need to spend only 29% of their income on housing). Raleigh, on the other hand, has a median income of $ 67,266 and a median selling price of $ 230,250, which puts it at an affordability index that is only 21% lower.
What propelled Charlotte to number one: her weather. Charlotte has fewer days of extreme weather than most of the cities on the list: only 46 days above 90Âº and 63 days of freezing below 32Âº.
Looking for an even better winter? The city on the list with the mildest winters is Jacksonville, Florida, which has the fewest days under 32 – just 15 per year. Jacksonville house prices aren’t bad either: you’ll only need to spend 25% of your monthly income on housing, thanks to a median income of $ 54,701 and a median home price of $ 227,143. . (Jacksonville placed 12th overall.)
Or maybe home affordability is more your thing. The city on the list with the most economical housing is Jackson, Mississippi, where you will only need to spend 10% of your monthly income on housing, thanks to a median income of $ 38,888 and a median price of 63. $ 571 (the lowest on the list). Jackson placed seventh overall.
Another state that did well on the list? Tennessee, with three cities in the top 15: Nashville in ninth, Chattanooga (11) and Memphis (13).
Read on to see the list of the 15 cheapest places to live in America with great weather; to see PropertyShark’s full list, which included five additional cities, you can access the leaderboard here.
The 15 cheapest places to live in America (with good weather)
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Columbus, Georgia
- Mobile, Alabama
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Shreveport, Louisiana
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Tallahassee, Florida
- Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Birmingham, Alabama
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