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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Illinois 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score48
  • East St. Louis, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,731
  • The town of East St. Louis, Illinois worries me just a bit. With it being located directly across the Mississippi River from St. Louis Missouri there are some concerns. This town has been restructured…[read more]
51
  • Centreville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,127
78
  • Monmouth, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,272
66
  • Sumner, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,094
63
  • Du Quoin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,932
62
  • Pana, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,673
72
  • Galesburg, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,469
  • I haven't lived in Galesburg for very long yet, but I can already tell that I'm going to like it enough to stay here for years to come. The city is small, but so cozy and charming. The feeling of a warm…[read more]
72
  • Shelbyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,147
56
  • Centralia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,696
  • Centralia, IL is a little over an hour away from St. Louis in Missouri. This means getting decent access to the big city's benefits, ranging from big private sector industry to bedrock government work,…[read more]
63
  • Pinckneyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,422
69
  • Salem, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,930
57
  • Cahokia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,574
  • I have lived in Cahokia, IL for most of my life and it is quite an excellent place to stay if you are looking to live in an area that is away from big cities and the noise pollution. It is situated in…[read more]
58
  • Clinton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,195
58
  • Murphysboro, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,007
  • I'm doing some work at a local hospital and decided to take out a year-long lease nearby. Before leasing, I'd done a lot of research--calling owners to ask about noise, safety... I was too trusting. From…[read more]
66
  • West Frankfort, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,941
56
  • Mount Vernon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,880
  • My family and I have lived in Mt. Vernon for 11 years and we really like it here. The residents are friendly, we've met some really nice people, and have made Mt. Vernon our home. There's plenty of good…[read more]
62
  • Mattoon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,399
  • Mattoon, Illinois is a small city located between St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, with about a two hour or so drive either way. It has a decent housing market with house prices being average to low, and…[read more]
57
  • 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…[read more]
69
  • Vandalia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,758
67
  • Kewanee, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,755
  • I love living in Kewanee, Illinois! It has all the small town charm but is still close enough to larger towns so you don't feel completely disconnected from the rest of the world! What I like best…[read more]
73
  • Freeport, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,784
  • Freeport, Illinois is a quaint rural city located just a few hours outside of Chicago and only an hour or so away from Iowa. Freeport is more of a rural community and thus isn't very big on nightlife or…[read more]
71
  • Chester, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,599
45
  • Hoopeston, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,245
54
  • Harrisburg, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,418
65
  • Carmi, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,065
56
  • Granite City, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,662
  • Shortly after I got married my husband and I bought our first started home in Granite City, Illinois. I loved living near the city while having my home situated in a lovely, country-like setting. Our…[read more]
71
  • Rock Falls, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,104
61
  • Alton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,175
  • There is so much going on in Alton! Lots of redevelopment. New businesses coming to town. Loads of outdoor activities. Named by AARP as a "Livable Community". Featured on the HULU series "Small…[read more]
70
  • Rantoul, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,238
  • I experienced an outstanding time while living in Rantoul Illinois. The city is located in Champaign County. Rantoul is close to Gifford Illinois. The suburban town has mediocre public schools that…[read more]
68
  • Quincy, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,689
  • Living in Quincy is kind of like living in a fantasy village all year round. The place is touristy, but in a nice sort of way. The views are spectacular, and the famous Mississippi River is right there…[read more]
52
  • Benton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,148
69
  • Mount Carmel, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,048
71
  • Charleston, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,257
  • Living in Charleston, Illinois is such a gem for us history lovers! It is a quiet, small town where Abraham Lincoln has certainly made its mark. Charleston is also known for having a great school system…[read more]
62
  • Sterling, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,071
  • Since I have been living in Sterling for more than 9 years now let me just say with some authority that this is NOT a place you want to move to! Never have I seen a place where the town's own residents…[read more]
51
  • Beardstown, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,109
63
  • Wood River, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,360
  • Wood River is an absolutely terrific place to live! Small town living but not too far from a metro area as St. Louis is only about 15 miles away! The best things about living here are many! At the top…[read more]
66
  • Olney, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,931
70
  • Macomb, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,771
  • Macomb, Illinois is about 77 miles south of the Quad Cities. Macomb was incorporated in 1830 and has a total area of 11.32 square miles. The town is named after General Alexander Macomb of the War of…[read more]
55
  • Danville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,030
  • Living in Danville is great because I love the small town feel, the low cost of living and the outdoor activities especially in the summer. Jobs are scarce in town, but we are not that far from…[read more]
62
  • Paris, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,413
64
  • Litchfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,976
67
  • Robinson, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,447
82
  • Dixon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,802
  • I love living in Dixon, Illinois and think it's a great place to raise a family! There's a lot of rich history in this town and plenty to do no matter what day of the week it may be and regardless of the…[read more]
58
  • Pontoon Beach, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,753
68
  • East Alton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,171
62
  • Herrin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,868
  • Herrin, IL is growing from its sleep old town appeal and really delivering a lot more flavor than back in the 80's. The best areas in Herrin, IL are along S Park Ave in the north part of town. There…[read more]
59
  • Metropolis, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,366
63
  • Watseka, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,318
70
  • Greenville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,833
53
  • Rockford, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 149,597
  • Wow! This place is unreal. After living in 13 states and countless cities for my job, I've landed in Rockford for a one year assignment. The town is run down and filthy. Crime is out of control,…[read more]

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.