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10 Most Expensive Places to Live in the U.S.
http://finance.yahoo.com ^ | april 5, 2013 | Jason McCormick

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


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1. Manhattan, New York
2. Brooklyn, New York
3. Honolulu
4. San Francisco
5. San Jose
6. Queens, New York
7. Stamford, Conn.
8. Washington, D.C.
9. Orange County, Calif.
10. Boston
1 posted on 04/07/2013 10:26:19 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Democrat strongholds ....


2 posted on 04/07/2013 10:29:34 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Ken522

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.


3 posted on 04/07/2013 10:33:03 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: lowbridge

Coincidentally, I wouldn’t want to live in any of them.


4 posted on 04/07/2013 10:33:13 AM PDT by HogsBreath
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To: Ken522

the OC isn’t exactly Rat’ county..


5 posted on 04/07/2013 10:35:26 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

I almost said that.

Thing is, now sure how long that is still the case...


6 posted on 04/07/2013 10:36:25 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: lowbridge

And its red blood that defends every one of those blue cities.

Why?

Let them burn.


7 posted on 04/07/2013 10:37:35 AM PDT by NoLibZone (I predict the exact same Freepers will hate the GOP Candidate for: 2016,2020,2024,2028, 2032.)
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To: kingu
Well, wouldn’t characterize Orange County as Democrat stronghold, and also wouldn’t characterize it as a city either.

LOL! Ok. Nine out of ten are Democrat strongholds and the remaining hold-out is well on its way.

8 posted on 04/07/2013 10:38:15 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: lowbridge; a fool in paradise

OK, raise your hand if you ever paid $16.29 for a haircut (or $8.37, or whatever with cents in the fee)!


9 posted on 04/07/2013 10:39:12 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lowbridge
Following is a look at each of the 10 most expensive cities in the United States.

Orange County, Calif. is a county, not a city.

10 posted on 04/07/2013 10:40:43 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Anaheim (Dismeland) is idiot Rat’ city but the surrounding cities like Costa Mesa, for example, is red.


11 posted on 04/07/2013 10:41:27 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Fiji Hill

I once drove through a city (sorry, I don’t recall where) that was named, GASP! ‘County’.


12 posted on 04/07/2013 10:42:28 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Well I kept looking at the price of milk. It has been over $3 here for a long time....even at Walmart.


13 posted on 04/07/2013 10:42:34 AM PDT by sheana
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To: kingu

People in San Francisco don’t need (have) air conditioning.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 10:44:02 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: lowbridge

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.


15 posted on 04/07/2013 10:54:13 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Ken522

Didn’t Jackie O. have a rent-controlled apartment (mansion really) in NYC?


16 posted on 04/07/2013 10:56:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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17 posted on 04/07/2013 10:57:31 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: lowbridge

“Urban areas” Gag me with a maggot first. Would not live in one on a bet.


18 posted on 04/07/2013 10:58:40 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: lowbridge

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?


19 posted on 04/07/2013 10:59:53 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: lowbridge

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.


20 posted on 04/07/2013 11:05:42 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: lowbridge
Rolling Hills Estates, CA

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Rolling-Hills-Estates-CA/33727_rid/33.788368,-118.345263,33.766109,-118.37127_rect/14_zm/1_fr/

21 posted on 04/07/2013 11:06:11 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: lowbridge
New York, California, Massachusetts, and DC. Three Democrat-controlled states roaring toward the cliff to financial oblivion, and the DC basket-case. Taxes and housing prices are primary reasons for the expensiveness of the three states, and Democratic policies are the primary reasons for the taxes and housing prices.

This is basically a list of the worst state and local governments in the US.
22 posted on 04/07/2013 11:07:30 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Revolting cat!
OK, raise your hand if you ever paid $16.29 for a haircut (or $8.37, or whatever with cents in the fee)

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.

23 posted on 04/07/2013 11:08:37 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

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.


24 posted on 04/07/2013 11:12:29 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lowbridge
As a contrast to these high cost of living areas, I'm about to make some of you cry. A friend of mine has this house for sale in Marshall, Texas (very Normal Rockwell in NE Texas near Louisiana). He was just transferred to Terrell. Completely remodeled and updated.

Asking price, $169K Click the photo for more pictures.

25 posted on 04/07/2013 11:12:59 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: lowbridge

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.”


26 posted on 04/07/2013 11:18:22 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: lowbridge

Chicago too, once you add the cost of Kevlar outerwear


27 posted on 04/07/2013 11:19:21 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Fiji Hill

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.


28 posted on 04/07/2013 11:29:26 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

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.


29 posted on 04/07/2013 11:47:10 AM PDT by sheana
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To: mnehring

I would take a trip down to see the place but Texas is to hot for me.


30 posted on 04/07/2013 11:49:57 AM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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To: mnehring

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.


31 posted on 04/07/2013 11:52:00 AM PDT by bgill
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To: sheana

Yes, has been over $3 for years. It ranges from about $3.20 to $3.75.


32 posted on 04/07/2013 11:58:33 AM PDT by bgill
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To: kingu

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.


33 posted on 04/07/2013 12:03:33 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: mnehring

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.


34 posted on 04/07/2013 12:17:52 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree
To give you an idea of how much work they had to do, this is right after Hurricane Ike (mind you, we are almost 300 miles from the coast, we just had some big storms from Ike up here.)

They have almost a decade of progress photos on Facebook.

35 posted on 04/07/2013 12:29:11 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

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.


36 posted on 04/07/2013 12:46:43 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

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.


37 posted on 04/07/2013 12:50:40 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: sheana

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.


38 posted on 04/07/2013 12:55:19 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: mnehring

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.


39 posted on 04/07/2013 12:56:26 PM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: lowbridge

I CANNOT believe they missed Chicago!


40 posted on 04/07/2013 12:59:04 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: heylady

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.


41 posted on 04/07/2013 12:59:33 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

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.


42 posted on 04/07/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: Revolting cat!

Haven’t paid a dime for a haircut in decades.

(flowbee really works)


43 posted on 04/07/2013 2:42:07 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (0bama is a POS, with all due respect to excrement.)
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To: bicyclerepair; a fool in paradise
Flowbee? As seen on TV?


44 posted on 04/07/2013 2:47:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: bicyclerepair; a fool in paradise
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45 posted on 04/07/2013 2:48:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: bicyclerepair; a fool in paradise
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46 posted on 04/07/2013 2:49:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lowbridge

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.


47 posted on 04/07/2013 2:53:05 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: max americana
I was just out in Costa Mesa visiting some friends and I have to agree. I was rather strange, however, to pass the Lamborghini dealership every time we left their apartment.
48 posted on 04/07/2013 2:55:26 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: sheana

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?


49 posted on 04/07/2013 2:56:31 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: mnehring

Geez...$169,000 wouldn’t even get you a campsite in Hanover, Red Hampshire...


50 posted on 04/07/2013 3:03:23 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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