There are a lot of advantages to living in a large U.S. city. Exceptional job opportunities and access to cultural attractions entice many to move to a particular place. Living in a highly populated town, though, usually comes with a costly price tag. Housing expenses, food prices, transportation costs, and other budget concerns help determine whether you can afford to live where you'd like to relocate.

Some of the more desirable and most expensive cities to live in the U.S. tend to be on the east and west coasts, with one or two exceptions.


1. San Francisco

This tech-savvy city of quaint cable cars and other iconic attractions is also America's most expensive city in which to reside. Housing costs are some of the priciest in the world. A one-bedroom apartment typically costs $3,500 per month, and real estate prices can easily climb way past the average $1.5 million for a home.

To live comfortably in San Francisco, a family of four would need an annual income of at least $149,000. Families earning salaries of $117,400 or less are considered low-income.


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