Cheapest Place to Live in Pennsylvania

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If you’re preparing to move or are interested in moving to Pennsylvania, you might be surprised to learn that the cheapest city to live in is Pittsburgh, which is drawing retirees and those on a fixed income.

Pittsburgh skyline at sunset
Pittsburgh skyline at sunset (Image: traxlergirl/iStock/Getty Images)

House Prices

Based on 2008 data, the median house prices in Pittsburgh are a little over $149,000, which buys you a large home with multiple bedrooms.

Aerial over Pittsburgh suburb
Aerial over Pittsburgh suburb (Image: Richard Klotz/iStock/Getty Images)

Income

The median income in the city is about $44,000, which is higher than other areas in the state.

Pedestrians walk near large windows with view of Pittsburgh, PA.
Pedestrians walk near large windows with view of Pittsburgh, PA. (Image: Ivan Tykhyi/Hemera/Getty Images)

Cost of Living

Cost of living is defined as the amount of money you need to survive and pay your bills. The cost of living index in Pittsburgh is 83.6, which means it costs less to live here than the national average.

Residential area near Pittsburgh
Residential area near Pittsburgh (Image: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Commute Time

Pittsburgh has a commute time that is shorter than other cities. You can expect to spend about 27 minutes commuting to work, including time stuck in traffic.

Commuters on snow-covered highway in Pittsburgh
Commuters on snow-covered highway in Pittsburgh (Image: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Employment

Pittsburgh has a large and solid base of employers, and its unemployment rate has been lower than the national average during the 2008-2009 recession.

Doctorial graduate looking over the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh
Doctorial graduate looking over the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh (Image: BackyardProduction/iStock/Getty Images)

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