BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- If the idea of paying $2,500 a month for apartment rent or $60 for a salon haircut gives you chest pains, here's a look at five U.S. cities to stay away from.
"These are all glamour spots -- people have to make a value judgment that it's worth the cost to live there," says Dean Frutiger of the Council for Community and Economic Research, which recently analyzed some 300 U.S. locales for its sixth-annual Cost of Living Index.
CCER studied each community's average price for a weighted basket of 56 goods and services, from potato chips to dental appointments.
Frutiger says researchers found that America's most-expensive cities all have stratospheric mortgage or rental costs, which account for 27% of the study's index. "Housing prices