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14 Best Cities in the US Where Families Can Live for Less than $6,000 a Month

By Heather Taylor of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 15: According to the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average household earns $84,352 a year and spends $70,258 a year. Data from the BLS survey said American households are spending roughly $5,111 to $5,854 in average monthly expenses, including housing and transportation.  Check Out: 4 Reasons You Should Cancel Amazon PrimeSee: Protect Your Financial Future With Gold and SilverFind Out: Why Buying Property in These Vacation Destinations Could Be a Great Investment What about families who earn $6,000 a month? Where can they comfortably live, work and manage expenses? To find the best cities for renting families to live for under $6,000 per month, GOBankingRates used data from ApartmentList, the Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator and Sperling's Best. Collectively, this data allowed us to find the average 2-bedroom rent in 2022, determine the cost of children within select metro areas and find cities with an overall cost of living index below 90. From least to most average monthly expenditures, this is the ranking of the 14 qualifying cities.

According to the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average household earns $84,352 a year and spends $70,258 a year. Data from the BLS survey said American households are spending roughly $5,111 to $5,854 in average monthly expenses, including housing and transportation. 

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See: Protect Your Financial Future With Gold and Silver
Find Out: Why Buying Property in These Vacation Destinations Could Be a Great Investment

What about families who earn $6,000 a month? Where can they comfortably live, work and manage expenses? To find the best cities for renting families to live for under $6,000 per month, GOBankingRates used data from ApartmentList, the Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator and Sperling's Best. Collectively, this data allowed us to find the average 2-bedroom rent in 2022, determine the cost of children within select metro areas and find cities with an overall cost of living index below 90.

From least to most average monthly expenditures, this is the ranking of the 14 qualifying cities.

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