What It Actually Costs to Live in America’s Most Expensive Cities

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20. Boulder, CO
> BEA cost of living: 8.9% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $8,465
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,461
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $893
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 60.6%
> Poverty rate: 11.0%

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19. Anchorage, AK
> BEA cost of living: 9.2% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $9,587
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,337
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $644
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.2%
> Poverty rate: 7.2%

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18. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
> BEA cost of living: 9.5% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $8,034
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,520
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $817
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.4%
> Poverty rate: 13.9%

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17. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
> BEA cost of living: 10.5% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $8,095
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,527
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $854
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 42.0%
> Poverty rate: 9.6%

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16. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
> BEA cost of living: 11.1% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $9,463
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,740
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $877
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 46.9%
> Poverty rate: 9.6%