10 Places to Buy an Inexpensive Home

by James SheaApril 4, 2018

Housing prices are on the rise, and many buyers are having a difficult time affording a home. Nationally housing prices increased nearly 6% in 2017, according to the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. It was the largest increase since 2013 and has put pressure on many buyers.

But the increase in home values has not been equal. Some places, especially metro areas in the northeast and the west, have seen drastic increases. Colorado saw a 10% increase in 2017, according to the Colorado Association of Realtors. The average price of a home in Colorado is around $750,000, according to Homes.com. The northeast was just as expensive. Homes in Massachusetts average just over $700,000.
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Those prices might give you sticker shock. Homes.com has compiled a list of 10 beautiful towns across the country with some of the least expensive housing prices. While the locations are mostly in rural areas of the country, suburbs of Chicago and Cleveland also made the list. Many have rich histories and present unique opportunities for the homebuyer.

  1. Greenville, Mississippi

    The home of the Blues awaits you with this southern gem. In the 1940s and 1950s, African American musicians played Delta blues, big band, and jazz in several clubs on Nelson Street in Greenville. Record label agents flocked to the town, looking for the top talent. Cotton and agriculture are vital today to the economy of Greenville, which had a population of 34,400 during the 2010 census. Home prices in Greenville averaged $47,650.

  2. East Chicago, Indiana

    Located on Lake Michigan, East Chicago is just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago on the South Shore Line rail. Immigrants from all over the world originally settled in this former industrial town, but it now has a decidedly Hispanic flair. The marina and boardwalk are a major attraction in the summertime. The city had 29,698 residents at the time of the 2010 census and homes average $61,552.

  3. Garfield Heights, Ohio

    This charming suburb of Cleveland is named after President James Garfield and is one of the oldest communities in the Cleveland area. Garfield Heights had a population of 28,849 at the time of the 2010 Census. The largest employer is the Marymount Hospital, which employs 1,200 people and Case Western Reserve University is located near the town. The average price of a home is $69,513, and many young families have settled in the area due to its affordability.

  4. Clinton, Iowa

    A small town on the plains of Iowa might be the perfect community for you. With a population of 26,885 as of the 2010 Census, Clinton has historically been a manufacturing and railroad town. The town was founded in 1857 and is the county seat of Clinton County. Agriculture company Archer Daniels Midland and chemical company LyondellBasell have manufacturing facilities near the town. A top attraction is Bickelhaupt Arboretum, which has one of North America’s largest collections of dwarf conifers. Homes in Clinton average $88,294.

  5. Weirton, West Virginia

    Outdoor adventure is the attraction of this West Virginia town. A major rail line has been converted into a 29-mile hiking and biking trail called the Panhandle Trail. The city was founded in the early 1900s when a steel mill was built along banks of the Ohio River. Furthermore, Weirton is home to the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, which holds the annual Festival of Nations. The population was 19,746, according to the 2010 Census, and Weirton is part of the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 124,454. The average price of a home is $95,112.

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  1. Muskogee, Oklahoma

    Music gets the top bill in Muskogee. The town is home to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and made famous with Merle Haggard’s hit song “Okie from Muskogee.” Muskogee hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the National Soul Food Cook-Off. The town features multiple outdoor opportunities and Georgia-Pacific, Griffin Food Co., and others major employers have operations in the town. Homes in the town average $114,929.

  2. Jacksonville, Arkansas

    A military town in the south could be your perfect home. Jacksonville is the home to Little Rock Air Force Base, which employs 6% of the local population. During World War II, the town was home to a major ordinance plant and that site has been turned into the Jacksonville Museum of Military History. The 2010 census reported the population as 28,364. The 6,000-acre Holland Bottoms Wildlife Management Area offers hunting and fishing opportunities and homes cost an average of $147,601.

  3. Hopkinsville, Kentucky

    Historically, tobacco was king in the rolling farmland of Hopkinsville, the seat of Christian County. The annual Tobacco War Pilgrimage is held each year to honor the region’s tobacco heritage. The town had 31,577 people, according to the 2010 Census. Outdoor activities are abundant at the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and Land Between the Lakes. Downtown Hopkinsville has a weekly Farmers Market for those interested in local food options. The average home is $175,081.

  4. Kenner, Louisiana

    Want to live on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain? Kenner is the place! It’s home to Louis Armstrong International Airport just outside New Orleans and has a 16-block historic district filled with arts and cultural attractions. The city has a large population of veterans, thanks to the New Orleans Naval Air Station. It had a population was 66,702, according to the 2010 Census. The average price of a home was $178,162.

  5. Minot, North Dakota

    Low crime and huge opportunities in the oil and gas industry draw people to Minot. The Minot International Airport has daily commercial flights, making access easy to major metropolitan areas and Minot Air Force Base is located just north of the city. It has just over 5,000 military personnel. For recreation, Lake Sakakawea, a reservoir near the town, has an abundance of fishing and boating prospects. The town has a variety of cultural activities such as the annual North Dakota State Fair and the last Census calculated Minot’s population at 40,888. Homes in the city average $219,459.

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James Shea
James Shea is an award-winning writer and author. He worked for over 10 years as a reporter where he covered development and land-use issues. For the last few years, he had written exclusively about construction and real estate.

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