Last year, each of those towns, along with Dallas and Fort Worth, made the top 10 in another slightly different Forbes ranking, America's best bargain cities.
The new study, of burgs with a population of at least 100,000, did not simply compare cost of living. Rather it factored in how solid the job market is and how cheap the expenses, including the average cost of groceries, health care and transportation. It also looked at housing costs as a portion of income.
|Cost-of-Living Rank||Unemployment Rank||Housing Costs Rank|
|1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
|2. Pittsburgh, Pa.
|3. Buffalo, N.Y.||16||9||3|
|4. Rochester, N.Y.||25||1||8|
|5. Nashville, Tenn.||3||23||11|
|6. San Antonio, Texas
|7. Houston, Texas
|8. Louisville, Ky.||2||37||4|
|9. Birmingham, Ala.||5||26||14|
|10. Austin, Texas||15||6||25|
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Sid Kirchheimer writes about health and consumer issues.