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Data for living: The city in every state with the lowest rent

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Ben Franklin once said, “nothing is certain except death and taxes.” If he were alive today, he very well might add “rent” to that list. Major U.S. Census Bureau surveys show that 2014 marked 10 years of consecutive renter household growth. And, according to the Housing Vacancy Survey, this trend is on track to continue. More people are choosing to rent, even as they enter their “home-buying” years.

One common reason is the high cost of owning. In 2013, American housing prices began to see a slow but steady increase. They have not yet returned to pre-recession peak prices, but that’s where they are headed. Additionally, some popular cities are experiencing a sharper increase than others. In San Francisco, for example, the tech boom and geographically confined region create a high-demand, low-supply scenario that is driving housing prices through the roof.

For those looking to pay less for housing, the experts at FindTheHome are here to help. Using data from the 2014 American Community Survey, they looked at cities with populations greater than 15,000 people and found the cheapest city to live in each state.

#50. Alaska: Juneau

Population: 32,200

Gross Median Rent: $1,169 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $38,057

#49. Delaware: Wilmington

Population: 71,263

Gross Median Rent: $909 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $25,686

#48. New Hampshire: Laconia

Population: 16,007

Gross Median Rent: $872 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $28,702

#47. Hawaii: Hilo

Population: 44,549

Gross Median Rent: $850 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $24,384

#46. New Jersey: Atlantic City

Population: 39,521

Gross Median Rent: $844 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $18,282

#45. Nevada: Mesquite

Population: 16,072

Gross Median Rent: $827 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $24,865

#44. Connecticut: Willimantic

Population: 17,845

Gross Median Rent: $810 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $16,655

#43. Rhode Island: Woonsocket

Population: 41,136

Gross Median Rent: $805 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $21,716

#42. Vermont: Rutland

Population: 16,217

Gross Median Rent: $775 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $23,808

#41. Wyoming: Laramie

Population: 31,601

Gross Median Rent: $727 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $22,097

#40. Massachusetts: Holyoke

Population: 40,079

Gross Median Rent: $697 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $21,671

#39. Washington: Sunnyside

Population: 16,038

Gross Median Rent: $690 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $14,279

#38. California: Wasco

Population: 25,865

Gross Median Rent: $678 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $10,931

#37. Colorado: Canon City

Population: 16,410

Gross Median Rent: $675 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $20,681

#36. Oregon: Pendleton

Population: 16,830

Gross Median Rent: $648 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $22,893

#35. Utah: Cedar City

Population: 29,175

Gross Median Rent: $638 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $17,737

#34. Maine: Waterville

Population: 15,886

Gross Median Rent: $637 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $21,870

#33. Florida: Immokalee

Population: 24,021

Gross Median Rent: $635 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $10,029

#32. South Carolina: Anderson

Population: 26,798

Gross Median Rent: $630 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $18,974

#31. Idaho: Pocatello

Population: 54,466

Gross Median Rent: $625 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $21,326

#30. Nebraska: Norfolk

Population: 24,364

Gross Median Rent: $613 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $23,656

#29. New Mexico: Gallup

Population: 22,189

Gross Median Rent: $613 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $18,024

#28. North Dakota: Jamestown

Population: 15,407

Gross Median Rent: $613 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $27,478

#27. Indiana: Marion

Population: 29,403

Gross Median Rent: $596 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $18,479

#26. Montana: Butte-Silver Bow

Population: 33,481

Gross Median Rent: $596 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $23,848

#25. Virginia: Danville

Population: 42,704

Gross Median Rent: $595 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $20,569

#24. Kansas: Emporia

Population: 24,787

Gross Median Rent: $590 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $18,678

#23. New York: Lackawanna

Population: 18,037

Gross Median Rent: $590 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $20,459

#22. Wisconsin: Marshfield

Population: 18,514

Gross Median Rent: $585 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $26,637

#21. Georgia: Dublin

Population: 16,200

Gross Median Rent: $584 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $19,056

#20. Maryland: Cumberland

Population: 20,557

Gross Median Rent: $581 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $19,982

#19. Arkansas: Forrest City

Population: 15,122

Gross Median Rent: $577 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $14,346

#18. South Dakota: Aberdeen

Population: 26,979

Gross Median Rent: $576 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $25,468

#17. Illinois: East St. Louis

Population: 26,697

Gross Median Rent: $574 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $12,060

#16. Missouri: Kirksville

Population: 17,578

Gross Median Rent: $573 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $16,763

#15. Oklahoma: Tahlequah

Population: 16,190

Gross Median Rent: $572 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $17,727

#14. Louisiana: Opelousas

Population: 16,668

Gross Median Rent: $567 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $13,948

#13. Iowa: Fort Dodge

Population: 24,846

Gross Median Rent: $562 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $22,434

#12. Mississippi: Greenwood

Population: 15,873

Gross Median Rent: $555 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $16,592

#11. Michigan: Bay City

Population: 34,578

Gross Median Rent: $551 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $19,616

#10. North Carolina: Laurinburg

Population: 15,799

Gross Median Rent: $548 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $16,841

#9. Minnesota: Albert Lea

Population: 17,931

Gross Median Rent: $546 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $24,340

#8. West Virginia: Wheeling

Population: 28,129

Gross Median Rent: $544 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $24,831

#7. Alabama: Selma

Population: 20,276

Gross Median Rent: $530 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $15,698

#6. Ohio: Portsmouth

Population: 20,320

Gross Median Rent: $529 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $17,610

#5. Kentucky: Murray

Population: 18,375

Gross Median Rent: $525 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $18,263

#4. Arizona: Nogales

Population: 20,699

Gross Median Rent: $514 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $14,638

#3. Tennessee: Greeneville

Population: 15,015

Gross Median Rent: $509 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $20,436

#2. Texas: Mercedes

Population: 16,271

Gross Median Rent: $480 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $12,458

#1. Pennsylvania: Johnstown

Population: 20,576

Gross Median Rent: $466 per month

Average Per Capita Income: $16,153

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