THE BLOG
08/19/2014 06:16 pm ET | Updated Oct 19, 2014

Seven Affordable Illinois Cities

The Movoto real estate blog ranked the 10 most affordable cities in Illinois based on the prices of food, utilities and homes, plus median incomes, unemployment rates and other miscellaneous costs. The cities are located all over the state. The same list also listed Downers Grove as the least affordable city in the state. We checked every city's cost of living profile at Area Vibes to give a more detailed look at how much it really costs to live in these communities.

For comparison, here are some marks of average living expenses, according to Area Vibes, in Downers Grove, the city Movoto says is the most expensive in Illinois.

Milk: $2.71

Eggs: $1.54

Coffee: $6.49

Electric bill: $89.20

Gasoline: $3.99

Here are the 10th through seventh most affordable cities in Illinois, plus selected living expenses, according to Movoto:

10. Moline

A resident would need to make $68,194 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Moline.

Milk: $2.53

Eggs: $1.59

Coffee: $4.80

Electric bill: $61.24

Gasoline: $3.62

9. Pekin

A resident would need to make $66,881 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Pekin.

Milk: $2.15

Eggs: $1.45

Coffee: $5.12

Electric bill: $79.26

Gasoline: $3.75

8. Pontiac

A resident would need to make $67,530 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Pontiac.

Milk: $2.15

Eggs: $1.45

Coffee: $5.12

Electric bill: $79.26

Gasoline: $3.75

7. Kewanee

A resident would need to make $68,792 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Kewanee.

Milk: $2.63

Eggs: $1.47

Coffee: $4.93

Electric bill: $90.78

Gasoline: $3.67

6. Quincy

A resident would need to make $69,225 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Quincy.

Milk: $2.39

Eggs: $1.43

Coffee: $4.69

Electric bill: $97.82

Gasoline: $3.69

5. East Peoria

A resident would need to make $65,285 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in East Peoria.

Milk: $2.15

Eggs: $1.45

Coffee: $5.12

Electric bill: $79.26

Gasoline: $3.75

4. Springfield

A resident would need to make $66,740 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Springfield.

Milk: $2.06

Eggs: $1.51

Coffee: $4.42

Electric bill: $62.21

Gasoline: $3.77

See the top three most affordable cities in Illinois, plus the cost of milk, eggs, coffee and more in those cities, at Reboot Illinois:

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