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When you head to the coasts and leave the nation’s heartland, the cost of living increases incredibly. Indeed, three of the most costly cities we discovered are in California. To come up with the following list of America’s Priciest places to live, we have used data gathered by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Boston has knocked Truckee-Nevada County out of the top ten this year.

There are six areas on which the composite index is based on: utility, housing, transportation, health care, grocery items and miscellaneous items and services. The higher the Living-cost index score, the more is the cost of living. According to CCER, the index is a perfect representative of majority of the households in the topmost income quintile. Outlined below is a list of the top 10 most expensive cities in the U.S., plus the average costs of a few services and items in those areas.

1. New York (Manhattan), NY

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 225.4

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.34
Home price $1,303,421
T-bone steak $15.52
Haircut $22.21

 

Housing prices in Manhattan are 4.5 times higher than the national average.

2. New York (Brooklyn), NY

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 178.6

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.12
Home price $959,907
T-bone steak $12.54
Haircut $13.83

 

Housing prices in Brookline are 3.5 times higher than the national average.

3. Honolulu, HI

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 167

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $3.28
Home price $668,020
T-bone steak $8.74
Haircut $15.10

 

Housing prices in Honolulu are twice the national average.

4. San Francisco, CA

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 163.4

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.28
Home price $810,067
T-bone steak $11.02
Haircut $16.79

 

5. San Jose, CA

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 153.4

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.05
Home price $764,283
T-bone steak $10.89
Haircut $14.13

 

6. New York (Queens), NY

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 148.3

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.58
Home price $630,189
T-bone steak $11.48
Haircut $17.79

 

7. Stamford, CT

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 146.1

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.51
Home price $569,411
T-bone steak $11.61
Haircut $20.03

 

8. Washington, DC

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 144.7

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.71
Home price $746,549
T-bone steak $10.82
Haircut $16.29

 

9. Orange County, CA

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 140.6

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.24
Home price $682,703
T-bone steak $9.58
Haircut $15.57

 

10. Boston, MA

 

  • 307 urban areas
  • National average: 100
  • Living-cost index: 139.9

Items/Services

Costs

Milk (half gallon) $2.72
Home price $458,744
T-bone steak $11.16
Haircut $15.29

 

Normally, a person has to pay about 65 percent more than the national average for a house in Boston.

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index

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Written by Margarita Hakobyan

Margarita Hakobyan is CEO and Founder of Moverscorp.com.