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Most Expensive Cities in America

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Using data from the Council for Community and Economic Research’s 2013 Annual Report, NerdWallet ranked the most expensive cities in America. The index scores listed in the table below can be compared to the national average of 100. A higher cost of living index signifies lower affordability relative to the average city. States from the West Coast and the Northeast dominate the list.

Some findings include:

  • California and New York lead the way with ten and eight cities each among the 100 most expensive, respectively.
  • Texas, which has 19 of the most affordable cities in the country, only has three cities on this list of the most expensive places.
  • Florida is home to six of the 100 most expensive cities, the most of any of the southern states.



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