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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Illinois 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score57
  • Sumner, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,094
64
  • West Frankfort, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,941
63
  • Monmouth, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,272
64
  • Galesburg, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,469
63
  • Pana, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,673
54
  • Harrisburg, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,418
61
  • Carmi, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,065
66
  • Shelbyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,147
50
  • East St. Louis, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,731
50
  • Centreville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,127
51
  • Benton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,148
63
  • Mount Carmel, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,048
56
  • Olney, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,931
60
  • Clinton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,195
63
  • Freeport, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,784
64
  • Mattoon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,399
63
  • Du Quoin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,932
61
  • Herrin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,868
62
  • Metropolis, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,366
56
  • Decatur, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,063
  • When the wind blows from the north a pall hangs over not only Decatur, but the entire southern area of Macon County in Central Illinois. This being the byproduct of what is called the savior of
52
  • Rock Falls, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,104
60
  • Vandalia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,758
57
  • Centralia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,696
69
  • Pinckneyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,422
61
  • Quincy, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,689
64
  • Sterling, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,071
60
  • Salem, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,930
57
  • Cahokia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,574
66
  • Macomb, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,771
46
  • Murphysboro, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,007
51
  • Mount Vernon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,880
  • Truck Stop Towns have their purposes but this is definitely not a place to settle down. There are plenty of hospitals and clinics so there is plenty of health care. I know there are quite a few people
56
  • Hoopeston, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,245
68
  • Dixon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,802
47
  • Beardstown, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,109
52
  • Rockford, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 149,597
  • Living in Rockford is like living in Nazi Germany.....in 1945. Enjoy the ruins. City run by corrupt, stupid and foolish people. If you are thinking of moving to Rockford.....pick any other community in
61
  • Kewanee, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,755
61
  • Streator, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,163
  • Welcome to one of the worst places you can ever go. Keep going until the next town, if you're stopping here for fuel. This town will eat your soul alive and keep you captive. If you like the song "pony"
64
  • Chester, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,599
59
  • Marion, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,703
47
  • Danville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,030
61
  • Paris, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,413
56
  • Granite City, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,662
64
  • Litchfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,976
65
  • Robinson, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,447
58
  • Mendota, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,182
60
  • Rantoul, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,238
53
  • Alton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,175
67
  • Charleston, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,257
57
  • Belvidere, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,300
69
  • Effingham, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,650

Finding an affordable place to live in Illinois is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in Illinois that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in Illinois. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of Illinois.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in Illinois with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in Illinois, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in Illinois, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.