Harlingen keeps "Cheapest City" title for 3rd year in a row

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Harlingen gets to keep its title as the Cheapest City in the United States" for another year.

The Council for Community and Economic Research released its 2012 end of year data on Wednesday.

The group TMs Cost of Living Index ranked Harlingen as the cheapest city in the United States.

Top 10 Least Expensive Cities

1. Harlingen TX2. McAllen TX3. Norman OK4. Ardmore OK5. Memphis TN6. Fayetteville AR7. Wichita Falls TX8. Muskogee OK9. Pueblo CO10. Ashland OH

But another Rio Grande Valley city also made the list.

The study listed McAllen as the second cheapest city in the United States to live in.

Cities in New York and California dominated the list for the most expensive cities.

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities

1. New York (Manhattan) NY2. New York (Brooklyn) NY3. Honolulu HI4. San Francisco CA5. San Jose CA6. New York (Queens) NY7. Stamford CT8. Washington DC9. Orange County CA10. Boston MA

Gilbert Leal with Harlingen Economic Development Corporation said they are pleased with the ranking.

It TMs the third year in a row Harlingen has been ranked as the Cheapest City in the United States to live in.

Consistently being able to boast a cost of living of approximately 20 percent below the national average is useful in our economic development efforts since a low cost of living is an indication of a low cost of doing business, Leal said in a statement.

Data from the 2010 Census moved Harlingen down from the third largest city in the Valley to the sixth largest city.