What are the Most Expensive Cities to Live In?

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While I normally write about things I recommend, I want to have more variation. I will continue to do recommendations of things I come across, but I also want to post my findings of questions that I have (on any topic). These are not questions unique to myself; however, I have taken the time to research the topics and find out the answers. When I find an article that has been written about the subject, I will simply summarize the findings and direct you to the article (for further investigation).

Since I will be starting work relatively soon, I have been curious about what the most expensive cities to live in the US are. Obviously, the price depends on your own personal interests and spending habits; however, on average, these are the most expensive cities to live in the US.

According to Investopedia, the most expensive cities to live in are:

  1. New York City, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Honolulu, HI
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Washington D.C
  6. Oakland, CA
  7. San Jose, CA
  8. San Diego, CA
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. Miami, FL

According to another list by Bungalow, the most expensive cities to live in are:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. New York City, NY
  3. Oakland, CA
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Washington D.C
  6. San Jose, CA
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Honolulu, HI
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. San Diego, CA

As you can see, the lists between the two sites are very similar; they both have almost the same top 10 (in different order though), except Investopedia has Miami, while Bungalow has Seattle. However, they both have San Francisco and New York as either #1 or #2. I thought these lists were pretty much what I expected to see, with California having a bunch of incredibly expensive cities to live in. Be sure to check out both of the individual links for a more detailed breakdown of how costs were calculated!

However, I was a bit surprised to see both Oakland and San Jose above Los Angeles for both lists. I would have guessed that Los Angeles would be #3, but I guess Silicon Valley costs of living are really that high now.

Even though it was expected, it is quite incredible that every single city on both lists is along one the coasts, which just demonstrates that this is where a lot of the money is nowadays. I would be interested in seeing if the list changes in the upcoming years (as people may begin to migrate away from major cities), but for now these major metropolitan areas are still the most expensive places to live.

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Hi,
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.

NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.

I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!

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