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35 Most Expensive Cities to Move


To determine the 35 most expensive cities to move, 24/7 Wall St. calculated the total cost of moving, one month’s rent, and a security deposit for all U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. Data on estimated moving cost with two-week’s’ notice for a three-bedroom housing unit as of Jan. 30, 2020, came from HomeFair, a part of Move, Inc., a relocation planning resource, and is for the most populous zip code in the most populous principal city of each metro area. Packing costs were not included in the estimate. Data on the median price of rent for a three-bedroom housing unit, which was used as a proxy for both the cost of one month’s rent and security deposit, came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey and is at the MSA level. Data on median annual household income and population change due to net migration from 2010 to 2018 also came from the Census Bureau. No moving data was available for Hawaii MSAs.

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