Most Expensive Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21

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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  1. San Juan, PR
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    San Juan, PR

    #1 in Most Expensive Places to Live

    Formally established in 1521, San Juan is the oldest continuously occupied European-settled metropolitan area within... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    3.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    2.8
    Value
    Value
    2.4
    Overall Score
    3.3
    Quality of Life
    2.8
    Value
    2.4
  2. Miami, FL
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    Miami, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.8
    Value
    Value
    2.9
    Overall Score
    6.1
    Quality of Life
    6.8
    Value
    2.9
  3. Los Angeles, CA
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    Los Angeles, CA

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    Value
    3.3
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    3.3
  4. Santa Barbara, CA
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    Santa Barbara, CA

    #4 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.... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    3.5
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    3.5
  5. San Diego, CA
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    San Diego, CA

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.4
    Value
    Value
    3.6
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    7.4
    Value
    3.6
  6. New York City, NY
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    New York City, NY

    #6 in Most Expensive Places to Live

    New York City is a place written about in songs, it has served as the backdrop for countless movies and it's inspired... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    Value
    3.7
    Overall Score
    6.2
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    3.7
  7. Honolulu, HI
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    Honolulu, HI

    #7 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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.5
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    Value
    3.9
    Overall Score
    6.5
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    3.9
  8. Salinas, CA
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    Salinas, CA

    #8 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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    Value
    4
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    4
  9. Santa Rosa, CA
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    Santa Rosa, CA

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.5
    Value
    Value
    4.3
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    7.5
    Value
    4.3
  10. Visalia, CA
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    Visalia, CA

    #10 in Most Expensive Places to Live

    Smack dab in the middle of California’s Central Valley lie Porterville and Visalia. Although the two cities are... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    4.6
    Overall Score
    5
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    4.6