Companies seeking to attract the most qualified workers like to be able to offer them a nice, inexpensive place to live. Our Cost of Living category is worth 75 out of a possible 2,500 total points. The lower the cost of living, the higher the score. You can read about our methodology and see our full rankings here. Click ahead to see America's least expensive states to live in as ranked by CNBC, along with prices for some basic items in the most expensive areas of the state.
(Average price data based on Council for Community and Economic Research C2ER Cost of Living Index for the first quarter of 2015.)
—By CNBC's Scott Cohn
Posted 24 June 2015