Top 10 Most Expensive American Cities
World-class commercial hubs are sprinkled across the United States, but not one U.S. city even cracked the top 25 most expensive metro areas in the world, according to the latest global survey by HR pros at Mercer. Only five U.S. cities — including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City — ranked in Mercer’s 100 most expensive international cities. For the budget-conscious among us, the least expensive U.S. city in Mercer’s rankings is Winston-Salem, North Carolina where an average movie ticket costs $8.50, and rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $450. That’s a far cry from the costs associated with notoriously expensive cities like New York. Below are Top 10 Most Expensive American Cities:
In Houston, the average monthly rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1,800.
Houston World Rank: 126
2009 World Rank: 98*
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States of America, and the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of 579 square miles (1,500 km2). Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, which is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. of nearly 6 million people
9. Boston, Massachusetts
With an average weekly pay of $1,565, Boston is the sixth highest paid metropolitan area in the United States, according to BLS stats.
Boston World Rank: 118
2009 World Rank: 60
Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial “Capital of New England” for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region.
8. Washington D.C.
Workers in DC are the third highest paid in the US.
DC World rank: 111
2009 World Rank: 66
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District”, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the United States Congress approved the creation of a special district to serve as the permanent national capital as permitted by the U.S. Constitution. The District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state and is instead directly overseen by the federal government.
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
Of the 11 most expensive cities in the US, Honolulu has the highest average costs for essentials like gasoline, whole milk and a fast food hamburger meal since many goods are brought into the city by plane.
Honolulu World Rank: 102
2009 World Rank: 41
Honolulu is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. Honolulu is the southernmost major U.S. city. Although the name “Honolulu” refers to the urban area on the southeastern shore of the island of Oahu, the city and county government are consolidated as the City and County of Honolulu which covers the entire island.
6. Miami, Florida
New renters are filling up condos in Miami, the sixth most expensive city in the US, where the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,900.
Miami World Rank: 100
2009 World Rank: 45
Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade.In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors.
In Chicago, the fourth-most-expensive city in the United States, the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $2,500.
Chicago World Rank: 91
2009 World Rank: 50
The city is a center for services, business and finance and is listed as one of the world’s top ten Global Financial Centers. The World Cities Study Group at Loughborough University rated Chicago as an “alpha world city.
4. San Francisco, California
San Fran ranks seventh nationally in weekly worker pay.
San Francisco World Rank: 93
2009 World Rank: 34
Tourism is the backbone of the San Francisco economy. Its frequent portrayal in music, film, and popular culture has made the city and its landmarks recognizable worldwide. It is the city where Tony Bennett “left his heart,” where the Birdman of Alcatraz spent many of his final years, and where Rice-a-Roni was said to be the favorite treat. San Francisco attracts the third-highest number of foreign tourists of any city in the U.S
3. White Plains, New York
White Plains ranked 53rd in Money Magazine’s 2010 100 Best Places To Live.
White Plains World Rank: 83
2009 World Rank: 31
Beginning in 2000, the city’s permanent population experienced a growth spurt as additional apartment buildings were constructed. The city’s relatively moderate housing costs and close commuting distance to midtown Manhattan (31–39 minutes by express train ) have also attracted a lot of people who commute to New York City for work. However, in large part because of its proximity to New York, the cost of living in White Plains, although lower than that of New York City itself, is by some measures among the highest in the world.
2. Los Angeles, California
According to WhiteFence.com, Los Angeles has the least expensive utilities costs of 21 major American cities.
LA World Rank: 55
2009 World Rank: 23
The economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, video games, recorded music), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism. Los Angeles is also the largest manufacturing center in the western United States
1. New York, New York
According to a national women’s organization, increases in the cost of living in New York have far outpaced wages. But the astronomical living costs of the most expensive city in the US might be worth it, if you’re a health nut. New Yorkers are healthier than the average American, with a life expectancy 1.5 years higher than the nation as a whole.
New York World rank: 27
2009 World Rank: 8
New York is a global hub of international business and commerce and is one of three “command centers” for the world economy (along with London and Tokyo). The city is a major center for banking and finance, retailing, world trade, transportation, tourism, real estate, insurance, new media as well as traditional media, theater, fashion, and the arts in the United States.