10 US Cities With the Highest Cost of Living  

New York City, New York

Best Places says this city, one of the richest in America with a cost of living 87.2% higher than the national average, has something for everyone from Far Rockaway Queens to the North Bronx. The population has grown 6% since 2020, so future New Yorkers are moving there despite the high cost.

Los Angeles, California

A large, expensive city on the other side of the country, the City of Angels, has a very different vibe from NYC. LA is the greenest city in America, according to World Cities Culture Forum, with low buildings covering nearly 500 square miles and 35% green space.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco and the Bay Area offer city living with coastal charm north of Interstate 5. U.S. News ranks San Francisco the 10th best place to live in the country due to its steep hills, cable cars, and Golden Gate Bridge.

Honolulu, Hawaii

The Crossroads of the Pacific is home to some and a tourist destination for others. Honolulu, Hawaii's largest city, is known for its beaches and history. Beyond surf and sun, this city has authentic local cuisine, museums, and shops to explore.

Washington, D.C.

History and culture abound in Washington, D.C., the first city to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's highest LEED for Cities Platinum leadership certification with 120 LEED-certified projects. Curbed says 9/10 city residents live within a half-mile of a park.

Boston, Massachusett

The 7th best place to live for quality of life, Boston, may appeal to history buffs looking to explore one of America's best historical cities, scholars looking to study at one of the city's dozens of colleges and universities, or sports fans looking to experience Fenway Park, the league's oldest ballpark.

San Diego, California 

The birthplace of California, San Diego was founded in 1769 and has a moderate climate and palm-tree lined beaches. Even if you don't like the sun, there are plenty of shopping centres, museums, and entertainment.

San Jose, California

San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, has a low unemployment rate and many job opportunities in finance and technology.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle's Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Starbucks are famous. Rain City and The Coffee Capital of the World, Seattle is home to Microsoft and Amazon and offers the perfect mix of city life – restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and more – with outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking.

Miami, Florida

U.S. News ranked Miami second for bars, entertainment, and nightlife, behind Las Vegas. Miami's architecture, cuisine, and music are influenced by Latin America, making it a unique destination.

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