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10 Best Places to Live on $100 a Day

All the ingredients for a rich retirement — at a fraction of the cost

Best Places to Retire on $100 a Day- Pittsburgh, PA

Cable Car on the Duquesne Incline overlooking Pittsburgh. — Rick Barrentine/Corbis

En español | When it comes to looking for a place to retire, cost of living often tops the list of considerations. But there's a difference between living cheaply and living well. In narrowing down our list of The 10 Best Places to Live on $100 a Day, we sought out towns and cities that offered not only bargain prices, but also a rich quality of life.

See also: How about Costa Rica or France? Best places to retire abroad.

To determine these select places, we began with a theoretical income of $36,500, or $100 a day. After taxes (at 25 percent) that is $27,375, or $2,281 a month. We looked for a median housing cost of $192,000, which means a mortgage of about $719 a month, leaving $1,562 a month for everything else.

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We pared a list of 200 cities down to 10 by homing in on things that make life worth living: the arts and culture, colleges, restaurants, community. Here are our top 10.

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Best Places: It's not only the inexpensive living. These lovely places have culture, greenery, and friendly, welcoming communitites for retirees on a budget.

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