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Cheap thrills: Houston rated one of America's most affordable cities

Cheap thrills: Houston rated one of America's most affordable cities

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We'll admit it: Houston is a cheap date.

And according to Forbes, it's also an affordable place to live. Setting out to discover what American cities offered the most financial value to residents, Forbes measured cost of living, housing prices, median starting salaries and unemployment rates in and put Houston at No. 10, boosted by high salaries and moderate housing prices and unemployment.

Of course when shopping for bargains there are deals and then there's junk. Omaha, the top city on the list, seems to belong to the former with a super-low unemployment, a bubble-free housing market and a low cost of living. No. 3 Detroit, on the other hand, has seriously cheap real estate and a low cost of living but also a sky-high unemployment and crime rate, but I guess a bargain is in the eye of the beholder.

The list is truly an interesting mix of Rust Belt cities (Detroit, Cleveland), low-cost Midwestern towns (Tulsa, Kansas City) and growing Sun Belt cities on the upswing like Houston, Dallas (No. 14) and Raleigh.