1. Wichita, KS
At $500 median rent per month and a median home price of $147,700, Wichita is the cheapest place to live in America. The denizens here breathe easier just by living here. The air pollution here is 95% better than the rest of the country, hence its “Air Capital of the World” moniker. There are several ways to get active or enjoy the outdoors, including biking one of the more than 100 paths, visiting one of the almost 200 parks, or even stopping by the vibrant food truck scene for cheap eats.
Speaking of food, Wichita gifted the world with White Castle and Pizza Hut, and the latter is immortalized with a free museum. Head over to Wichita State University, and you will find the original hut filled with memorabilia from the brand’s early days. The Keeper of the Plains is one of Wichita's best features, loved by locals and visitors alike, a 44-foot tall steel sculpture of an American Indigenous man situated where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers converge downtown. Created by Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin, this artwork is free to enjoy, and several come every evening for when a ring of fire surrounds the statue for 15 mins.