When it comes to living cheap, there is no place like Mississippi. But many Americans want the excitement and opportunities of big cities. How much do you know about the most expensive cities in the U.S.?
Across the land, homes cost an average of $180,000. But as you're about to find out, some metro areas jack up housing prices to rates that are simply unaffordable for many citizens.
Hope your new job at Amazon or Microsoft comes with a great salary. You'll need it. In Seattle, housing prices are 80 percent higher than in the rest of America.
Boston is yet another crowded, popular city. You'll pay a price to join in the fun -- it costs about 48 percent more than other American cities.
Want to live in a city that's sometimes called the capital of the world? Be prepared to shell out some quarters and dimes, and then some -- an average home in NYC costs about $500,000.
Hey, at least it's furnished! Because you won't be able to afford furniture for a studio apartment that costs $1,700 per month.
San Francisco is one of America's priciest cities. It costs about 62 percent more to live there than in most of the U.S.
You didn't need that single bedroom, right? Because for $2,400 in San Jose, you ain't gettin' one.
Washington has an effective public transportation system. So you can do away with the expenses of a car and take the bus or the subway instead.
Seattle is a boom town, full of thriving corporations. But it's a crowded place, and it costs 45 percent more to live here than in other parts of the U.S.
Around America, milk is usually less than $4 per gallon. In San Francisco, though, you'll pay closer to $5.
At around $13 per pack, smoking won't kill you -- in New York, you'll die of destitution first.
Looking to escape Manhattan's eye-gouging prices? Brooklyn isn't going to help -- the cost of living there is 73 percent higher than the rest of the country.
Oh, you can't afford to live in New York City? Just go next door to Stamford! Oh, wait, everyone else had the same idea. Good luck.
You need about $4,700 -- per month -- just to rent a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco. In cheaper parts of the country, that kind of cash would get you a virtual mansion.
There is a price to pay for living in the modern-day version of Rome. You'll blow about $430,000 for an average house in Washington.
Both Seattle and Washington have exorbitant rental costs. In Seattle, a one-bedroom apartment downtown might cost you $1,900. In Washington, you could easily pay $2,200.
And it won't be a ritzy place, either. But that two-bedroom apartment is likely to cost you around $2,600 in the City of Angels.
Hawaii is thousands of miles from the mainland, so food is crazy expensive. You'll pay more for food here than just about anywhere in the country.
Hey, at least it's not San Francisco, right? In New York City, you'd better be banking some dough, because you'll need it to pay your $3,700 rent.
It will cost you at least $13 to get a ticket to the film in San Jose. That figure, of course, doesn't include a drink and popcorn.
In Brooklyn, it pays to be a millionaire. Because you'll need about $1 million to buy a house there.
We hope that your tech startup company pans out, because you'll need the profits to pay your mortgage. Inside the city limits, San Francisco homes cost an average of $820,000.
But those snot-nosed little screamers are worth every penny, right? Good thing, because child care in D.C. will set you back about $32,000 per year for two kids.
Food is very expensive in San Francisco. Even if you eat at home all the time, you'll pay about 23 percent more than most Americans.
The median income is only around $54,000, but the cost of living is climbing steeply in Oakland. To live there comfortably, you need an income that far exceeds $54,000 per year.
Boston has oodles of colleges and universities, so there are a lot of young people in the area. Some places here tend to be more affordable than others on our list.
Sure, it's great to have wheels in California. But downtown parking in San Francisco is a nightmare that sets some people back $400 every single month.
Housing costs are painfully high in Washington, where you'll pay twice as much as you would in most of the country.
Honolulu is not Des Moines. Eggs are hard to come by, so you'll pay around $3.40 for just one dozen.
Three-bedroom apartments command a king's ransom in San Francisco. Hopefully you'll find wealthy roommates who can help you tackle the $6,500 rent.