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The most expensive cities involve high rent

Housing was the biggest expense for those living in the top 5 cities, forming 29.34% of the overall composite index of the cost of living.

An oft-quoted complaint, rent in New York City strains New Yorkers’ finances tremendously — with a one-bedroom apartment rental in Manhattan going for $3,100 a month — according to apartment-search site Naked Apartments.

Everyday living was also more expensive in the city. According to data company Numbeo, a meal at McDonald’s in New York costs $9 and a cappuccino demands $4.54. At the same time, median annual household income was around $75,400, according to Data USA.

On the West Coast, San Francisco’s housing situation has also become brutal for tenants in recent years.

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New York City’s Manhattan and San Francisco are the most expensive places to live in the United States (Graphic: David Foster).


The most and least expensive U.S. cities. (Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research)

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