Special Report

The Most Expensive Town in Each State

31. Santa Fe, New Mexico
> City cost of living:
> State cost of living: 94.8
> City median rent paid: $921
> City median household income: $51,833

Sante Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is the most expensive city in the state. Prices in the metro area are roughly 5% higher in Santa Fe than across the state. Santa Fe residents pay more for goods and services than most people across the state, and like the residents of most expensive places they also earn higher salaries and are more likely to be better educated. Per capita income in Santa Fe is about $6,500 higher than the average income across the state of $35,553. Also, nearly 42% of adults in Santa Fe have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 26.4% of adults statewide.

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32. New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York
> City cost of living:
> State cost of living: 115.4
> City median rent paid: $1,237
> City median household income: $65,786

While the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area spans two states, the largest share of the area’s residents live in New York. With just under 20 million residents, the New York metro area is the most populated in the country. Residents pay an average of 22.2% more for goods and services than residents do across the country. Even more staggering is the cost of rent in the area. The average renter in the metro area pays over 57% more than the average rent price nationwide.

33. Jacksonville, North Carolina
> City cost of living:
> State cost of living: 91.6
> City median rent paid: $949
> City median household income: $51,495

Jacksonville is more expensive than the 14 other metropolitan areas in North Carolina. While the cost of living is 8.4% less in North Carolina than it is across the country, the cost of living in Jacksonville is only 3.7% less than it is nationwide. The median household income in Jacksonville is about $5,500 more than the typical North Carolina household earnings of $45,906.

34. Bismarck, North Dakota
> City cost of living:
> State cost of living: 90.4
> City median rent paid: $715
> City median household income: $64,626

While Bismarck is the most expensive city in North Dakota, it is not much more expensive than the other two metro areas in the state. Fargo and Grand Forks have a higher regional price parity than the state as a whole. Grand Forks, the least expensive city in the state is only 1.2% cheaper than Bismarck. Bismarck is roughly 4% more expensive than the state a whole.

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35. Columbus, Ohio
> City cost of living:
> State cost of living: 89.2
> City median rent paid: $804
> City median household income: $54,079

Ohio’s capital Columbus is also the state’s most expensive city. Median rent in Columbus is almost $100 more than the state’s median rent of $709. Also, a smaller portion of Columbus’s workforce is looking for work compared to the state as a whole. The area’s unemployment rate of 4.8% is lower than Ohio’s jobless rate of 5.7%. Similarly, income per capita is about $800 more in Columbus than the statewide income figure of $42,427.