The Most Expensive Cities in North America 2018

Miami
Miami

You may think that living in Canada has become expensive but there’s a silver lining: even the most expensive Canadian cities aren’t nearly as pricey to live in as some cities in Europe and Asia, Africa In fact, they’re not even among the most expensive cities in North America. That dubious honor goes to 10 cities in the United States and one city in a very surprising place.

Read on to discover 10 of the priciest cities in North America, from the cost of housing to the price of food. All figures in US dollars.

The Most Expensive Cities in North America 2018

 

10.Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado

While in most respects Boulder is slightly cheaper the average for the United States, the cost of housing here makes it one of the most expensive cities in North America. Best Places says that a one-bedroom apartment in the city costs an average of $1,202 a month.

 

9.Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is one of the best places to travel in April, especially if you’re a yachtie. With one-bedroom apartments going for between $900 and $1,800 a month, according to Numbeo, you won’t need to stay on your yacht to live here. However, as a single person, you’ll need just under $1,070 to cover the rest of your monthly costs.

 

8.Chicago, Illinois

Chicago
Chicago

Chicago boasts the kind of architecture that rivals that of New York but it’s much easier to afford to house here. It’s not cheap, though: according to SmartAsset, a one-bedroom apartment in the Windy City goes for an average of $1,341 a month.

What makes Chicago one of the most expensive cities in North America to live in, though, is the taxes: sales tax on food, restaurant taxes, and state taxes are very high.

 

7.Miami, Florida

Miami
Miami

Living in Miami means you get to enjoy the great weather but it doesn’t come cheap. According to Best Places, a one-bedroom apartment here will set you back $904 a month on average. What makes Miami one of the most expensive cities in North America, though, is the cost of groceries.

When you put together your Florida packing list, remember that Miami has some of the most expensive shampoo, deodorant, cold medicine and toilet paper in the world.

 

6.Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The City of Brotherly Love may be cheaper to live in than New York or San Francisco but it’s still one of the most expensive cities in North America. SmartAsset says that a one-bedroom apartment in Philadelphia costs an average of $1,152. Food is slightly pricier than the average for the United States and a Philly cheese steak hoagie will set you back around $9.

 

5.Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is home to one of the best Zika-free destinations that go beyond the beach. With much of the city catering to the tourist market, it’s, unfortunately, one of the most expensive cities in North America (even though it’s far from the continent).

According to Best Places, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city is $1,248 a month. Utilities and groceries are also much more expensive than the average for the United States.

 

4.Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts

Housing is one of the main factors that make Boston one of the most expensive cities in North America. According to Best Places, a one-bedroom apartment in the city will set you back $1,395 a month on average. The city is also expensive when it comes to things like gym membership and haircuts.

 

3.Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

If you’re plagued by any of the most common health concerns in Canada, think twice about moving to Portland. According to Expatistan, a short visit to a private doctor here is the second most expensive in the world. A one-bedroom apartment in Portland costs between $900 and $2,000 a month.

 

2.New York, New York

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evening-in-new-york-city-sabine-jacobs

With its vibrant culture, New York could have been one of the best cities for millennials, if only millennials could afford it. The city is notorious for being not only one of the most expensive cities in North America but also in the world. According to Numbeo, the average monthly cost for a single person in New York is just over $1,250, excluding rent. A one-bedroom apartment can set you back anything from $1,500 to $4,000 a month.

 

1.Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut

Considering that its inhabitants earn an average net salary of $2,212.85 a month, Hartford is quite expensive. According to Numbeo, a single person’s monthly costs will amount to about $995 before rent. A one-bedroom apartment costs between $800 and $1,500 a month, so you’ll have to invest in items that save you money over time if you want to live well here