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How Costs Vary Across the US

How Costs Vary Across the US


We can use cost of living calculators to determine approximately how far our salaries will take us in another city, but it's more difficult to put a number on the nickels and dimes of daily living expenses. Forbes surveyed cities across the US and used its findings to name which cities pay the most and least for certain costs. Unsurprisingly, New York, NY appears as the priciest city for several expenses. Do any of these numbers surprise you?

Expense Cheapest Priciest
Monthly Rent (2 bdrm) Charlotte, NC: $666 New York, NY: $3,500
Monthly Home Mortgage Dallas, TX: $967 New York, NY: $5,831
Monthly Energy Bills Seattle, WA: $119 New York, NY: $362.28
Monthly Landline Bill Los Angeles, CA: $19 Boston, MA: $38.45

See the rest of the chart when you read more.

Expense Cheapest Priciest
Half Gallon of Milk Cincinnati, OH: $1.67 Sacramento, CA: $2.97
Head of Lettuce San Antonio, TX: $0.93 New York, NY: $1.99
Loaf of Bread San Antonio, TX: $0.79 New York, NY: $2.68
11.5 oz. Can of Coffee San Antonio, TX: $3.08 San Francisco, CA: $5.91
Boys' Jeans Indianapolis, IN: $13.97 Boston, MA: $37.19
Men's Haircut Indianapolis, IN: $9.20 St. Paul, MN: $24.40

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