10. Newport News
Costs of living: 3.6 percent lower than US average
Median home value: $159,000
Violent crime rates: 60.5
Number of doctors per capita: 215
We start our list with Newport News, which falls into the group of the most affordable places among listed cities. Reasons why Newport News does not occupy a better position are high crime rates and the number of doctors per capita which is below the US average. Still the fact that Newport has fewer physicians compared to other cities on this list does not mean that residents cannot count on receiving proper medical care. The city which has a population of 180,000 is served by two hospitals – Riverside Regional Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.
The town’s economy heavily relies on Newport News Shipbuilding, which builds and maintains US Navy aircraft carriers and submarines. Given the army presence in the town, it is no wonder that Newport has a few museums which exhibit artifacts related to the America’s military past. The town is also known for its hiking trails and parks, among which Huntington Beach Park offers the greatest number of recreational activities.