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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In New York 2018

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  • Salamanca, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,638
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  • Jamestown, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,345
  • I’ve lived in Jamestown for a few years now and I will say, I personally love it here, and for more than one reason. I’m a pan outdoors kinda guy and with Chautauqua Lake minutes away, there are ample
68
  • Dunkirk, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,186
  • I experienced great seasons while living in Dunkirk New York. The city is located in Chautauqua County. Dunkirk is about 45 miles or so southwest of Buffalo New York. The suburban area is situated on the
69
  • Olean, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,991
  • I know that growing up our mothers always told us that if we can't say anything nice we should not say anything at all, but in this instance I have something to say that unfortunately isn't all nice.
67
  • Medina, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,885
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  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,180
  • When I lived in Niagara Falls NY city, the sights and sounds of the city is what made me love it so much while I lived there. Although, now I live somewhere else, if I had the opportunity, I would
65
  • Elmira, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,583
  • Elmira, NY used to be a good place to live. Currently, it is full of scummy people and I would not recommend it to anyone. Most residents are drunks or drug addicts. The schools are awful. No shopping at
69
  • Bath, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,674
57
  • Buffalo, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 258,989
  • Buffalo has a decent night life as far as bars and attractions go, but not really different than any other medium sized city. It has plenty of options for food, but a lot of times it's over priced and
62
  • Fulton, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,622
  • I had never experienced so much comfort and serenity until I started living in Fulton 12 years ago. The environment and the infrastructure provide several opportunities for personal growth. Amazingly,
73
  • Hornell, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,400
  • There is nothing to recommend in this town except for Walmart, and Wegmans. Not one decent restaurant, nothing to do here and just plain ugly place with rundown houses, boarded up buildings and general
69
  • Lackawanna, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,992
  • As as resident of Western New York, there are not many places that feel like home the way Lackawanna does. As part of the Buffalo-Niagra Falls MSA, this city is part of what is called the Southtowns.
71
  • Waterloo, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,184
71
  • Southport, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,950
68
  • Ilion, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,986
61
  • Binghamton, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,277
  • Students who come for college may like the town because it is cheap and they can hang with their high school buddies. But this is a horrible city. When the defense industry pulled funding in the 1990s,
67
  • Albion, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,802
69
  • South Lockport, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,680
71
  • Lockport, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,722
  • Thris used to be a good place to live but not know the jobs,are bad mosty part time so they dont have to pay benfients rent is going up on old outdate house apts that are been around for 100 years
71
  • Johnson City, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,835
  • If you'll be visiting Johnson City soon, you can easily plan your vacation and fill it with lots of fun and exciting things to do for the entire family. The Phelps Mansion Museum is one of the most
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  • Endicott, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,073
  • I live in what is known as the village of Endicott, New York and my experiences here have been pleasant. This area is best known as the “Birthplace of IBM,” so we have a lot of history when it comes to
75
  • Geneva, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,136
  • This is the most remarkable city that I have lived. The town is incomparable to other cities out there. It’s a unique modern city with a beautiful downtown. It’s filled with different shopping centers
69
  • Seneca Falls, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,390
60
  • Syracuse, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 144,350
  • Syracuse is the worst place I have ever lived. There is absolutely nothing to do here, they have lame festivals and those are just a waste of time and these people litter everywhere. You will literally
74
  • Tonawanda city, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,991
67
  • Auburn, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,101
  • I bounced around the Finger Lakes region of New York state for a decade or two before I ended up in Auburn about 7 years ago. I feel proud to live in such an interesting place, rich with history and
74
  • Cortland, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,018
  • I live in Cortland, New York, and I would never move! It is a beautiful place to enjoy all four seasons of the year. This charming town is nestled in the best area of Upstate New York. The place is
66
  • Norwich, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,979
68
  • Herkimer, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,294
  • Herkimer is a quiet, small village where everyone knows everybody. Perhaps the best part of living in Herkimer is the fact that everything is walking distance, which is advantageous if you don't drive.
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  • Utica, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 61,337
  • Utica is a basic, calm, simple, family-oriented city with moderate nightlife. First, here are some highlights of the city. The Boilermaker 15K Road Race, which occurs every summer in July, is Utica's
61
  • Newark, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,068
56
  • Rochester, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 210,291
  • In rochester my, the government practically broke has resorted to installing right on red traffic cams. These cans can sometimes be rigged as well as in accurate but the city of rochester continues to
76
  • Solvay, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,455
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  • Oswego, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,880
  • Oswego is mostly a college town with plenty of nightlife. Oswego sits on Lake Ontario and there are plenty of docks for boaters. There are a lot of bars and many have live music. Oswego has many scenic
60
  • Gloversville, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,158
  • Gloversville is a great place for developers as the city is declining. Jobs are scarce in the city, so most people travel a distance for their job. The best thing about Gloversville is Adirondack Park as
73
  • Corning, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,978
  • I lived in Corning NY from 1990 up through 2010. It has a very pleasant small town feel, with a very quaint main street with plenty of knickknack shops and restaurants. There is a nearby mall and several
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  • North Tonawanda, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,935
  • Located just outside of Buffalo, North Tonawanda is no stranger to good food. By far the one thing I always look forward to when coming home to visit. There’s something for everyone here, but the city is
71
  • Cheektowaga, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,673
  • I visited Cheektowaga in New York in 2008 because my long-distance boyfriend was a citizen of the town. At first the town seemed uneventful, but overtime I realized the beauty found within its borders.
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  • Rome, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,673
  • When I rolled into Rome for a new job on a slushy cold January day my first thoughts were "I'm am not staying here". In April I bought a home, because I realized I like the town. It meets my criteria
60
  • Monticello, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,577
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  • Mattydale, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,555
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  • Batavia, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,012
  • I don't like to be negative, but I have to be honest. I have been living in Batavia, New York for quite some time now. I have stayed hoping to see things get better because it really does have the
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  • Kenmore, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,303
  • I enjoy living in the city of Kenmore. The cost of living is low, rent is low and the poverty rate is also low here. Finding a job here and settling down should be relatively easy since everything is
74
  • Depew, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,325
  • I enjoy the slow pace of the city of Depew, New York. This city is inland New York and offers a serene lifestyle. It mimics the country lifestyle of the mid-west and does not make you feel like your in
65
  • Hamlin, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,884
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  • Horseheads, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,608
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  • Lancaster, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,220
  • You've got to hand it to Lancaster New York. Even with a less-than-impressive crime rate and a slumping job market, this place still manages to be a pretty decent place to call home. I have been a
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  • Oneida, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,186
  • I'm not even going to pretend that there is anything even remotely redeeming about living in Oneida, New York. Once Upon a Time it was considered one of the best areas in the state, but those days are
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  • Amsterdam, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,063
  • I know this is uncommon, but living in Amsterdam wasn't my cup of tea. To be fair I am an older individual and cannot do alot of the things I could 20 years ago. As a past member of Amsterdam Municipal
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  • Baldwinsville, NY
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,461

Finding an affordable place to live in New York 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 New York that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in New York. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of New York.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in New York with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in New York, 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 New York, 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.