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Most Expensive Places to Live

Whether you’re looking to relocate after winning the lottery or want to know which areas of the country to avoid to save money, these are the most expensive places to live. Based on the median gross rent and annual housing costs for mortgage-paying homeowners of each metro area, these cities require the most wealth to live comfortably.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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San Juan, PR

badge #1 in Most Expensive Places to Live

Formally established in 1521, San Juan is the oldest continuously occupied European-settled metropolitan area within U.S. jurisdictio… more

  • 3.2 Overall Score
  • 2.8 Quality of Life
  • 2.5 Value

Miami, FL

badge #2 in Most Expensive Places to Live

Dubbed "The Magic City," Miami is one of the most vibrant metro areas in the U.S., and it's well on its way to becoming one of the la… more

  • 5.8 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 2.9 Value

Los Angeles, CA

badge #3 in Most Expensive Places to Live

Although the City of Angels is characterized as both a glamorous show business town and a traffic-gnarled metropolis, the truth about… more

  • 6.1 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 3.3 Value

New York City, NY

badge #4 in Most Expensive Places to Live

New York City is America's largest metro area, home to nearly 21 million people speaking more than 200 languages. It's a place writte… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Quality of Life
  • 3.6 Value

San Diego, CA

badge #5 in Most Expensive Places to Live

San Diego residents recognize how fortunate they are to live in an area famous for its sunny weather and impressive beaches. But ther… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 3.7 Value

Santa Barbara, CA

badge #6 in Most Expensive Places to Live

It has been described as the "American Riviera," a "playground for the rich and famous" and, quite simply, "paradise." Situated betwe… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 7.8 Quality of Life
  • 3.7 Value

Salinas, CA

badge #7 in Most Expensive Places to Live

Salinas, California, promotes itself as the "Salad Bowl of the World" as tribute to the area's huge farming business that produces le… more

  • 5.6 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 3.8 Value

Honolulu, HI

badge #8 in Most Expensive Places to Live

Honolulu continues to entice visitors to make their vacation a permanent one. With its laid-back island vibe, diverse blend of cultur… more

  • 6.6 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Quality of Life
  • 4.0 Value

Santa Rosa, CA

badge #9 in Most Expensive Places to Live

Santa Rosa, the hub of economic activity in northern California's wine country, welcomes artists of all ages, as well as young people… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 4.3 Value

Daytona Beach, FL

badge #10 in Most Expensive Places to Live

The Daytona Beach population swells and wanes like the ocean tide. Every winter, the region's beaches overflow with tourists looking … more

  • 6.1 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 4.5 Value
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