1. Spokane, WA
Typical Monthly Housing Expenses (1 Bedroom Outside of City Center): $520
Typical Monthly Utilities (Electric, Heating, Water, Garbage): $200
Monthly Public Transportation Expenses: $45
Annual Income Needed for a Living Wage Before Taxes: $15,318
The "sunny side" of Washington state, Spokane is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis. It's home to the "Hot Zone"—a 100-block area where residents can access free wireless internet. Not only is the cost of living in Spokane just over 9 percent lower than that of the U.S. average, but minimum wage is $1.19 above Spokane's living wage. It may not be sunny California, but with more money in your pocket, weekend trips to the Golden State won't be too far out of reach.