Skip to comments.10 Most Expensive Places to Live in the U.S.
Posted on 04/07/2013 10:26:19 AM PDT by lowbridge
Which U.S. cities have the highest costs of living?
The Council for Community and Economic Research recently measured the prices of common purchases in 307 urban areas to find the cost of the professional standard of living in each location. The index, its fifth edition, crunched more than 50,000 prices -- everything from grocery items to transportation to housing.
The national average on the index is 100.
Following is a look at each of the 10 most expensive cities in the United States.
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Democrat strongholds ....
Well, wouldn’t characterize Orange County as Democrat stronghold, and also wouldn’t characterize it as a city either.
And really have to wonder why this ‘index’ doesn’t count home heating/air conditioning as a part of their calculations.
Coincidentally, I wouldn’t want to live in any of them.
the OC isn’t exactly Rat’ county..
I almost said that.
Thing is, now sure how long that is still the case...
And its red blood that defends every one of those blue cities.
Let them burn.
LOL! Ok. Nine out of ten are Democrat strongholds and the remaining hold-out is well on its way.
OK, raise your hand if you ever paid $16.29 for a haircut (or $8.37, or whatever with cents in the fee)!
Orange County, Calif. is a county, not a city.
Anaheim (Dismeland) is idiot Rat’ city but the surrounding cities like Costa Mesa, for example, is red.
I once drove through a city (sorry, I don’t recall where) that was named, GASP! ‘County’.
Well I kept looking at the price of milk. It has been over $3 here for a long time....even at Walmart.
People in San Francisco don’t need (have) air conditioning.
You can live cheaply in Manhattan if you put your mind to it. There is a lot of competition for your business, you just have to look around.
Didn’t Jackie O. have a rent-controlled apartment (mansion really) in NYC?
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“Urban areas” Gag me with a maggot first. Would not live in one on a bet.
NYC has its pluses, but overall its a dirty aging city with lots of ‘rats’, both above ground in public office, and below ground in the subways and basements. If it wasn’t for the food grown in the kinds of places often scoffed at by liberal New Yorkers, one of the biggest attractions of NYC - its restaurants - wouldn’t exist. Unless I considered it ‘extra money/throw away money’ I would never spend a ton of money to buy a place in NYC. Why would I do that, when I could buy a significant amount of land with the same money somewhere else?
I’m still surprised that Harlingen, Texas is rated the most affordable place to live. I guess it is its isolation. It is about as far from anything in Texas as you can get. But, being close to the beach, it is a pretty clean city with lots to do. It is just cheap.
There must be a lot more competition in these cities than other places, lots of old fashioned mom and pops that bring down the average price. Most 'Supercuts' places around here (about as cheap as you can get) are at minimum $15-$20. Mid range about $25. Don't even ask about the places my wife goes.
I had a $10 Chinese haircut recently where the cutter didn’t understand my request and gave me a standard do which I without my eyeglasses couldn’t watch happening.
Asking price, $169K Click the photo for more pictures.
A few years ago, I considered applying for a job in Jackson Hole, Wyo., but was stunned when I learned about its sky-high cost of living, since costs seemed so reasonable in places like Laramie. However, I was told that Jackson Hole, where a lot of glitterati apparently make their home, “is not like the rest of Wyoming.”
Chicago too, once you add the cost of Kevlar outerwear
I have turned down many transfers and offers due to the cost of living difference from East Texas to other parts of the country. It just wasn’t worth it.
We are looking to leave California soon. Only reason we have stayed is because of Hubby’s dad.
My problem with everywhere we have looked...Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, is their architecture. Have a really hard time seeing myself living in most of it. Just doesn’t fit me. lol I know, I know but jeez.
I would take a trip down to see the place but Texas is to hot for me.
Even in Texas, it’s location, location, location and throw in a good dose of liberal imports moving in from those high priced areas. There are crappy little houses here on small lots that new owners would bulldoze that are going for 4 times that.
Yes, has been over $3 for years. It ranges from about $3.20 to $3.75.
I find it interesting they broke NYC into the Boroughs, yet lumped all of Orange County CA into one. Why? Would Harlem and The Bronx bring the city’s average down to less than #1? There’s a preconceived notion at work here...There always is when books appear to be cooked.
You did make me cry, you big, fat meanie! The house is absolutely gorgeous! If your friend did the remodeling, he or she did an amazing job! It is one of those homes that appear in my dreams.
They have almost a decade of progress photos on Facebook.
The renovation is meticulous. Wow.... they had so much work! They have to feel sort of sad to leave it (I know I would). It is just magnificent and the inside of the house is just beautiful! This was truly a labor of love.
They even had the entire house jacked up and had the foundation completely redone.
They probably have as much in the renovation as they are selling it for.
I know what you mean—the architecture of some areas doesn’t sit well with me, either. Solution: build your own. There are some excellent options.
Do they have the names of the yellow paint colors? I see these yellows all the time now on tv. I am one of those people that misses half of the story because I am looking at how the setting is decorated.
Staying more inline with this post I left RI a couple of years ago to come down to Texas because I just couldn’t afford heating and electrical bills up north. I also bought a much larger and newer house for half the price of the house I sold in RI.
I CANNOT believe they missed Chicago!
I’ll look in their albums in facebook and see if they listed it. They have a lot of details like that.
One thing you can do is print the picture and take it to a hardware store that has a paint color scanner and match it up.
Thanks. I already saved the pictures with the yellow rooms. I pick out a color, bring it home and put it on the wall and it looks so different. Who ever thought it would be so difficult finding the right shade of yellow.
Haven’t paid a dime for a haircut in decades.
(flowbee really works)
By the way, Orange County only has that average high cost of living because of the Newport beach - Laguna areas. It’s a diverse county and has places that are reasonable, with access to plenty of places to save money.
It makes no sense to have the whole county in a list on par with manhattan. You can’t find a reasonable area of manhattan but you can get a reasonable (for SoCal) home in many many parts of Orange County. There are places to shop to get by on less.
I am having trouble imagining what kind of architecture you like. Houston has just about every kind of house you can imagine, and where ever you go, why not build a house?
Geez...$169,000 wouldn’t even get you a campsite in Hanover, Red Hampshire...
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