According to a new report, you won’t find many places better than Pocatello to live on a budget.
Forbes magazine named Pocatello the sixth-best place to live cheaply in the country, and many people in the Gate City seem to agree that it doesn’t cost much to live here.
“Absolutely, I think it is a fairly cheap place to live. People are fairly reasonable and the prices they charge,? Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad said.
“We’re looking to move right now and everywhere else is not as cheap as here. That’s for sure,? Pocatello resident Clay Hopkins said.
Forbes based this list on the city’s housing and cost of living as well as quality of schools, low violent crime rate, and low unemployment.
Blad said being cheap contributes to making the city tempting for businesses.
“To be on one of the cheapest places to live, that’s one reason why a lot of companies look at this area to come and relocate,? Blad said.
But some disagree with using the word cheap to describe Pocatello.
“I don’t consider Pocatello as cheap. Inexpensive? Yes, but not cheap. Because I think it’s demeaning to the people that live here,? Pocatello resident Fred Fuger said.
“You can be cheap or you can be inexpensive. It’s an inexpensive place to live by all means,? Blad said.
Some said there is definitely a downside to being a very inexpensive city to live in.
“It might be less inexpensive, but you don’t get paid very much so it doesn’t really help,? Pocatello resident Alice Whitley said.
“Yes, it can be, and the reason for that is that when we have a low cost of living it means the companies can probably pay lower wages. And we don’t necessarily want the lower wages,? Bannock Development Corporation Executive Director Gynii Gilliam said.
Others, however, said a lower wage isn’t too much of a price to pay.
“To say the wages are a little low compared to other places — yeah, but if you live frugally then you can get by just fine,? Fuger said.
Sandusky, Ohio, topped the Forbes list as the best place to live cheaply in the U.S.