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The 10 Highest-Spending Cities Are Surprising

When it comes to housing expenses, it's well known that New Yorkers have a relatively heavy expense on their hands. And while we might assume this level of spending expands into other categories, a recent ranking of the highest-spending cities published by suggests that assumption would be incorrect.

Bundle tracked last year's non-mortgage or rent spending in the 100 largest cities, and looked at a variety of categories like dining, shopping, and travel. The spending patterns it discovered certainly weren't what I expected, geographically speaking. For example, households in Durham, NC, spent about $700 more on food and drinks last year than San Francisco residents, and the people in Raleigh, spent more on shopping than any other city on the list.

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Average 2009 Household Spending by City

  1. Austin, TX: $67,076. Residents spent 83 percent more on shopping than those in NYC.
  2. Scottsdale, AZ: $64,687. Travel and leisure spending was more than double the national average.
  3. San Jose, CA: $59,022. Residents spent more on health related expenses than any other city.
  4. Arlington, VA: $52,085. Households spent more on travel and leisure than any other city.
  5. Plano, TX: $56,738
  6. Raleigh, NC: $53,398
  7. Nashville, TN: $52,964
  8. Tuscon, AZ: $51,857
  9. Irvine, CA: $51,286. Orange County residents spent $4,511 more on shopping than those in NYC.
  10. Durham, NC: $51,114.
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