City life in the United States can be expensive. Premium rent, parking fees, taxes, all go towards making an urban lifestyle something that few can fully afford. However, some cities are more expensive than others…much more expensive. Compiled by Expatistan, this list may surprise you a bit. Although it includes many of the places you would probably have guessed, there are some that may leave you scratching your head. These are the 25 most expensive cities in the United States.
San Jose, California
Apartments will go for around $1,500 and dinner for you and your significant other can push $40.
Probably not the first place you would think of when considering expensive living standards, Minneapolis isn’t at the top of the list but it’s still a bit on the pricey side.
Your rent can top $1,800 in some parts of the city.
You have to pay for the sun, although Tampa is roughly 30% cheaper than the notoriously expensive San Francisco.
It may seem strange to include a struggling city like Detroit here, but according to indexes, monthly rent in a good area of town can run above $1,200.
It’s the price of eating out that hurt Denver’s affordability index.
Staying fit in this Texas metropolis will cost you about $60 a month for a gym membership.
Another city that isn’t often thought of as expensive, an apartment in a good part of the city can go for almost $2,000 per month.
Apparently utilities are fairly expensive here. An average apartment can end up with a $200 a month utility bill.
Rent in the state famous for its peaches hovers around $1,500 per month.
The cost of living here is roughly the same as in Atlanta but higher prices on transportation and clothing moved it past its sunnier counterpart.
Rent in the Windy City averages nearly $1,800 per month.
San Diego, California
You’ll definitely pay over $2,000 per month for a good apartment in this city.
One month of public transport here will cost you nearly $100.
Higher than average gas and food prices put this city on the list.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Furnished apartments in a good part of town will cost over $1,200 and utilities will be nearly $200 per month.
Los Angeles, California
Monthly rent is the highest so far at $2,300 and food is over 20% more expensive here than in Chicago.
Buffalo, New York
One reason this city made the list was apparently due to the high cost of eating out.
An average apartment will go for about $2,100 per month in this northwestern city.
Known for its cheesesteaks, cheese (along with other foods) here is actually more expensive than elsewhere.
The housing in Boston is roughly 35% higher than in Philadelphia.
A monthly ticket for public transportation costs $130
Due to its isolation and small geographical area, food and land prices are relatively high.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco is more expensive than Sydney and Hong Kong, both of which are not known for being cheap.
New York City, New York
Perhaps not surprisingly the Big Apple comes in at number 1. Monthly rent is easily higher than $4,000.