The Top Places to Live For Saving Money

By  GOBankingRates, Special for  USDR

People looking to improve their financial well-being might need to move across the country. In a new report on where people should live if they want to save money, personal finance website ranks the 100 largest U.S. cities by population from best to worst on seven essential factors affecting people’s ability to  save.

Most of the best cities for saving money are located in the South and West, including cities in Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma, while 13 out of the 15 worst cities for saving money are in  California.


For its second annual Best and Worst Cities for Saving Money report, the seven factors GOBankingRates assessed  include:

  • Sales tax
  • Median home list price
  • Median rent price
  • Median household income
  • Unemployment rate
  • Average reported gas prices
  • Grocery costs

“If you’re looking for an affordable place to live that will leave enough money in your budget to stash in savings, consider the South, Southwest or Midwest,” said Cameron Huddleston, Life + Money columnist for GOBankingRates. “Most of the best cities for savers are in these regions, where housing costs and everyday expenses are relatively  low.”

15 Best Cities for Saving Money

15 Worst Cities for Saving Money

1. Gilbert, Ariz.

1. San Francisco

2. Plano, Texas

2. Los Angeles

3. Lubbock, Texas

3. Oakland, Calif.

4. Kansas City, Mo.

4. Irvine, Calif.

5. Chandler, Ariz.

5. Anaheim, Calif.

6. Virginia Beach, Va.

6. New York

7. San Antonio

7. Santa Ana, Calif.

8. Fort Wayne, Ind.

8. Miami

9. Omaha, Neb.

9. Fresno, Calif.

10. Tulsa, Okla.

10. San Diego

11. Arlington, Texas

11. Stockton, Calif.

12. Austin, Texas

12. Long Beach, Calif.

13. Oklahoma City

13. San Jose, Calif.

14. Colorado Springs, Colo.

14. Bakersfield, Calif.

15. Garland, Texas

15. Sacramento, Calif.

Additional  Insights:

  • The median list price of a home in San Francisco, the No. 1 worst city for saving money, is over three times more than the median list price in Gilbert, Ariz., the No. 1 best city for saving money.
  • The difference between the highest median income ― found in Fremont, Calif. ― and the lowest median income ― found inDetroit ― is $77,496.
  • The range of median monthly rent extends by a whopping $4,000 ― it is $650 in Fort Wayne, Ind., and $4,650 in San Francisco.

Sources used to compile the ranking include Census Bureau,, Zillow, U.S. Census QuickFacts, Bureau of Labor Statistics, GasBuddy and Numbeo. All seven factors were weighted equally. For the complete methodology, refer to the  article.

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SOURCE  GOBankingRates

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