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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, early in 2022, ranked 59th among the most expensive cities in the world in which to live. Among the 95 U.S cities in their survey, Los Angeles ranked ranked 16th. Those California cities surveyed to be more expensive than Los Angeles were Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Oakland, and Irvine. Los Angeles is 24 percent less expensive than the top-ranking U.S. city, Honolulu, Hawaii, but, 42 percent more expensive than the lowest-ranking U.S. city in the survey, El Paso, Texas.

Numbeo’s survey looks at the cost of housing, groceries, restaurants, and local purchasing power. The index here is for 2022 (as of March).

Top 25 Most Expensive U.S. Cities, 2022

Ranked from most expensive. Rank number is where it ranks among all cities in the world.

11. Honolulu, Hawaii
14. New York, New York
19. Santa Barbara, California
21. Berkeley, California
22. San Francisco, California
23. Oakland, California
24. Anchorage, Alaska
25. Santa Clara, California
28. Seattle, Washington
36. Boston, Massachusetts
39. Queens, New York
41. Washington, DC
46. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
49. Jersey City, New Jersey
58. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
59. Los Angeles, California
60. Minneapolis, Minnesota
64. Birmingham, Alabama
68. Miami, Florida
70. Sacramento, California
77. Charleston, South Carolina
78. Asheville, North Carolina
82. Chicago, Illinois
83. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
84. Portland, Oregon

Source: Numbeo.com