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

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15. Trenton, NJ
> BEA cost of living: 11.3% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $7,848
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,329
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $797
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 42.7%
> Poverty rate: 11.1%

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14. New Haven-Milford, CT
> BEA cost of living: 11.4% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $7,818
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,299
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $787
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 35.1%
> Poverty rate: 11.2%

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13. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
> BEA cost of living: 16.3% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $8,129
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,682
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $847
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 37.4%
> Poverty rate: 12.3%

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12. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
> BEA cost of living: 17.2% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $8,772
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,739
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $860
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 33.6%
> Poverty rate: 9.5%

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11. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
> BEA cost of living: 17.6% more expensive than national average
> Monthly living costs, family of 4: $7,453
> Monthly housing costs, family of 4: $1,341
> Monthly food costs, family of 4: $782
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 25.4%
> Poverty rate: 11.6%