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

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5. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
> Monthly cost of living, family of 4: $9,165
> Monthly median family income (all types): $8,062
> Monthly cost of living, single adult: $4,311
> Monthly housing costs, single adult: $1,224
> Monthly food costs, single adult: $316
> Monthly median individual income: $3,084

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4. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
> Monthly cost of living, family of 4: $9,846
> Monthly median family income (all types): $7,569
> Monthly cost of living, single adult: $4,012
> Monthly housing costs, single adult: $1,299
> Monthly food costs, single adult: $304
> Monthly median individual income: $3,432

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3. Urban Honolulu, HI
> Monthly cost of living, family of 4: $9,632
> Monthly median family income (all types): $7,975
> Monthly cost of living, single adult: $4,296
> Monthly housing costs, single adult: $1,261
> Monthly food costs, single adult: $381
> Monthly median individual income: $3,215

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2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
> Monthly cost of living, family of 4: $10,720
> Monthly median family income (all types): $10,971
> Monthly cost of living, single adult: $5,117
> Monthly housing costs, single adult: $1,703
> Monthly food costs, single adult: $312
> Monthly median individual income: $4,274

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1. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA
> Monthly cost of living, family of 4: $11,165
> Monthly median family income (all types): $10,039
> Monthly cost of living, single adult: $5,194
> Monthly housing costs, single adult: $1,742
> Monthly food costs, single adult: $325
> Monthly median individual income: $4,206

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