30 Cheapest Countries for Americans to Live


Between the current, divisive state of our great nation, and the spreading of the coronavirus, you’re not alone if you’ve seriously considered packing your bags and moving to a different country! If you don’t want your move to break the bank, however, you might want to choose one of the following 30 countries. Based on data from GOBankingRates.com, we’ve compiled a list of the cheapest countries for Americans to move to, based on factors like local purchasing power and the price of rent, groceries, and local goods and services. 

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Pack your bags and head to India! India is one of the richest countries in the world, and you don’t have to be a millionaire to live there. India has the lowest cost of living in the world. Rent alone is 93% cheaper than in America.

Saudi Arabia

Living in Saudi Arabia is 52% cheaper than in New York City, putting it in second place for cheapest countries to live and work for Americans. And get this—the country offers private, luxury housing for those accustomed to a western way of life. Sign me up!


Enjoy Belize’s breathtaking coral reefs, serene beaches, and laid-back lifestyle for a fraction of the cost it takes to live in the United States! The country’s low cost of living makes it No. 3 on the list.


Run for the border! Mexico is extremely affordable for Americans these days, thanks to the struggling peso added to an already-low cost of living. Mexico gets a bad rap for being unsafe, but most of Mexico is actually perfectly safe and there’s a wealth of culture and adventure to be discovered.


Living in the land of the Great Pyramids just might be cheaper than you think. Picking up groceries in Egypt will save you 77% more than in New York City.


Pakistan may be on the “do not travel” list right now, but it’s still one of the least-expensive countries to live in. Citizens are able to buy everything, including rent, groceries, and general goods/services at a major discounted rate compared to New York City.


Tunisia is a thriving, coastal country and it just might be the most picturesque on the list. The country is located along the Mediterranean Sea, and it’s also one of the cheapest countries to live in. You can snag rent for nearly 94% cheaper than you can in New York, and you might get lucky enough to have a coastal view.

South Africa

Really hate winter weather? Move to South Africa! Enjoy endless weeks of sunshine and save some money while you’re at it. The overall cost of living is about 52% lower than in NYC.


You could live among fascinating history, remarkable arts, and beautiful lakes by moving to Macedonia. You will be living like royals since you can pick up groceries at a discount of 75%.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Although Bosnia-Herzegovina is still recovering from a three-year war, the charming medieval cities and the overall cost of living make this country a tempting place to move to. With rent being 94% lower than in New York, you should start packing your bags now!


With rent being 81% cheaper than the Big Apple, Libya makes this year’s top 10 cheapest countries for Americans to Live list. You can enjoy a nice evening out for 75% less than you can in the United States!


Poland offers charming cities, friendly people, and a vibrant nightlife. Moving here will save you 85% in rent and 70% in groceries alone.


Beautiful beaches, secluded islands—must I go on? Living in Malaysia would be a dream come true, and just by living there you can cut your grocery bill in half and save you 88% in rent!

Czech Republic

Famous for its stunning castles, native beers, and fascinating history, the Czech Republic is one of the least-expensive countries to live in with the cost of living being half of NYC.


Ukraine is possibly the least expensive country in Europe, and it’s surprisingly very safe. Enjoy a night at an 18th century theater in Odessa with a meal that’s 80% less than it would be on Broadway in New York!


Spend a lifetime exploring Moldova’s forested mountains or enjoy some relaxation at the Black Sea. Moldova can offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Rent is about 91% lower than in the Big Apple.


Nepal has more to offer than you would think. Whether you want to hike Mount Everest or explore the lowland jungles, you will never run out of things to do here. Rent is 96% lower in Nepal than in NYC.


Can you imagine living among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? Zambia has one of the cheapest costs of living—54% lower than the United States, and you could take a swim in The Victoria Falls!


This small country is one you will certainly be hearing more about in the years to come. Georgia has a fascinating history, some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, great food and wine, friendly people, and it’s real cheap.


Serbia is popular for its rich culture, history, and delicious cuisine. Better start packing your bags because you can experience all of this for 60% less than you can in NYC!


Looking to slow it down a bit? Romanians keep life simple—most towns actually shut down around 10 p.m., so don’t expect much of a nightlife. Rent is 90% cheaper than in the Big Apple. According to RomaniaExperience, it’s possible to rent a one-bedroom apartment for as little as $200 a month.


Here’s something you don’t see everywhere: Albanians enjoy American company. This could be the right move for those who like to make new friends and explore old castles and historical architectural sites. Enjoy castle views every day when you settle down in this inexpensive country, where rent is 94% lower than in New York.


Not only is Algeria the largest country in Africa; 80% of this country lies within the Sahara Desert. Don’t let the warm climate scare you though; Algeria has a lot to offer at extremely great prices. Better yet, eating out is 68% cheaper than in NYC.


Here’s a country that probably isn’t on your bucket list. But maybe you should give Kazakhstan a chance. Americans can spend 89% less on rent and 72% less for groceries by moving to this country.


If you ‘e looking for a country with a rich heritage, Bulgaria is the one for you! Bulgaria is considered a cultural melting pot—you’ll find many countries such as Greece, Turkey, and Romania at its borders. The cost of living is substantially lower than other European countries.


Turkey is a spectacular cultural destination. Can you imagine living among Roman ruins, cave cities, and Mediterranean beaches? It’s one of the cheapest countries to live in with rent that’s 90% lower than in NYC.


Did you know as many as 600,000 Americans call the Philippines home? We can see why…The country is home to the most stunning beaches in Southeast Asia—and that’s not all. The Philippines has more than 7,000 islands to offer. Renting a house on this paradise island will cost you 92% less than in New York.


Azerbaijan is tucked just between the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian Sea. This is one of the cheapest countries to live in for Americans, with the cost of living being lower than 70%.


Morocco is the most stable country in North Africa. It’s cheap, extremely close to Europe, and home to exotic cities such as Casablanca. Rent is 90% cheaper than what you can snag in New York.


Home to vast scenic forests, Bangladesh in one of the least expensive countries to live in. Its overall cost of living is 68% cheaper than in NYC.

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