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

The 10 most affordable cities in Illinois, according to Movoto, plus how much a resident of these cities would need to make in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living:

1. Chatham

A resident would need to make $63,118 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Chatham (the Sangamon County town, not the Chicago neighborhood of the same name).

Milk: $2.06

Eggs: $1.51

Coffee: $4.42

Electric bill: $62.21

Gasoline: $3.77

2. Washington

A resident would need to make $62,309 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Washington.

Milk: $2.15

Eggs: $1.45

Coffee: $5.12

Electric bill: $79.26

Gasoline: $3.75

3. Morton

A resident would need to make $61,000 in Downers Grove to maintain the same standard of living as they could with $50,000 in Morton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a more in-depth look, Movoto Real Estate put together an extended version of the list, which features the top 50 most affordable cities in Illinois:

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