8 of the Best American Cities to Live Comfortably on $40,000 a Year 

San Marcos, Texas

Until you're in San Marcos, it's difficult to find natural charm, lively culture, and city amenities all in one location. This historic Texas town finds flavor in its Hispanic background and musical roots

Alton, Illinois

Situated at the meeting point of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, Alton abounds in the rich antebellum past typical of Southern cities, ranging from a Civil War battlefield visited

Canandaigua, New York

In Canandaigua, Upstate New York, life is idyllic. During the warmer months, locals take use of the city's named lake as well as the boozy (and gastronomic) advantages of the nearby Finger Lakes wine area.

Duluth, Georgia

Duluth is a surprising culinary destination despite being an Atlanta suburb, partly because of its diverse populace. A hive of creative energy, the Parsons Alley development project offers mouthwatering restaurants

McMinnville, Oregon

Ideally situated in the heart of Oregon's wine country, sandwiched between the coast and the Cascades, McMinnville offers its citizens an abundance of farm-to-fork dining options, more than 200 nearby wineries

Gulfport, Florida

Gulfport prides itself on being a tiny town with a large heart that is willing to provide a warm welcome to visitors. Gulfport is a charming waterfront village with a vibrant community of tightly connected residents

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Greetings from the Wild West! Situated about thirty miles north of Oklahoma City, Guthrie is home to exquisitely preserved Victorian architecture, a historic trolley that circles the town

Coralville, Iowa

Smart people congregate in Coralville, which is next to Iowa City's University of Iowa. Walkable public areas can be found here, such as the 180-acre mixed-use development known as Iowa River Landing