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Los Angeles: An Expensive City in Which to Live

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According to the Numbeo.com Cost of Living Index by City, Los Angeles in 2023 ranked ninth among the most expensive cities in the United States in which to live. Los Angeles was found to be 22 percent less expensive than the top-ranking San Francisco, but, 41 percent more expensive than Cincinanati, Ohio, the lowest-ranking of the U.S. cities surveyed.

Globally, out of 549 cities, Los Angeles ranked as the 18th most expensive city in the world in which to live, ranking just above London, United Kingdom. This was a dramatic climb in the survey rankings from ten years ago, when Los Angeles ranked only 159th among the world's most expensive cities.

Numbeo’s survey looks at the cost of housing, groceries, restaurants, and local purchasing power. This survey was conducted in mid-2023. It was estimated that monthly costs for a single-person household in Los Angeles, not including cost of housing, was about $1,400. The estimated cost for a household of four was about $5,000, also without including cost of housing.

Top 25 Most Expensive U.S. Cities in Which to Live, 2023

Ranked from most expensive.

1. San Francisco, California
2. New York, New York
3. San Jose, California
4. Washington, DC
5. Seattle, Washington
6. San Diego, California
7. Oakland, California
8. Boston, Massachusetts
9. Los Angeles, California
10. Honolulu, Hawaii
11. Miami, Florida
12. Chicago, Illinois
13. Atlanta, Georgia
14. Nashville, Tennessee
15. Charlotte, North Carolina
16. Austin, Texas
17. Houston, Texas
18. Sacramento, California
19. Dallas, Texas
20. Denver, Colorado
21. Tampa, Florida
22. Raleigh, North Carolina
23. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
24. Portland, Oregon
25. Phoenix, Arizona

Source: Numbeo.com