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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Illinois 2018

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  • Sumner, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,094
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  • West Frankfort, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,941
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  • Monmouth, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,272
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  • 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
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  • Pana, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,673
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  • Harrisburg, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,418
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  • Carmi, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,065
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  • Shelbyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,147
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  • 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
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  • Centreville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,127
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  • Benton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,148
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  • Mount Carmel, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,048
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  • Olney, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,931
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  • Clinton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,195
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  • 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
67
  • 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
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  • Du Quoin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,932
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  • 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
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  • Metropolis, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,366
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  • Decatur, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,063
  • I've lived here most of my life; Born at Decatur Memorial Hospital. I used to think this town and the surrounding areas were great growing up, but the town has gone to shit. We left in 2011 because of
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  • Rock Falls, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,104
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  • Vandalia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,758
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  • 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,
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  • Pinckneyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,422
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  • 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
68
  • 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
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  • Salem, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,930
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  • 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
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  • Murphysboro, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,007
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  • 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
55
  • 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
57
  • Hoopeston, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,245
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Beardstown, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,109
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  • 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
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  • 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"
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  • Chester, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,599
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  • Marion, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,703
  • Marion, IL is filled with interactive and nature-centered activities that will make your time in the city fun and exciting. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best local attractions
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  • 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
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  • Paris, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,413
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  • 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
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  • Litchfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,976
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  • Robinson, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,447
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  • Mendota, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,182
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  • 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
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  • Alton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,175
  • I first saw Alton when I was driving through Illinois on my way to St. Louis. And it makes sense after I learned more about the town after I moved here. Early in its history, Alton competed with St.
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  • 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
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  • Belvidere, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,300
  • I love living in Belvidere, IL. We have around 25,000 people living here and each person is just as friendly as the first! With new faces to see and meet everyday making friends is a breeze! Of course,
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  • Effingham, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,650
  • I experienced a great time while living in Effingham Illinois, the crossroads of opportunity. The city is in Effingham County. Effingham Illinois is close to Altamont Illinois. The town is centrally

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.