Third-costliest U.S. locale: Honolulu
Cost of living: 67% above U.S. average
Be prepared to say aloha to high prices if you move to Hawaii's capital, as Honolulu has placed No. 3 in CCER's cost-of-living rankings in every year that the group has done its study.
The city's housing runs 149.2% above the U.S. average because of high demand and limited land. Zillow values Honolulu's median residence at $536,500, up 7.5% in the past year. (The site lists some 1,700 Honolulu properties for sale.)Groceries also cost 58.1% above average -- the highest for any city CCER surveyed -- because Honolulu imports much of its food from the mainland. Similarly, utilities run 67.6% higher than average, trailing only Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska. Honolulu transportation also costs 27.8% above average, while health care is 16.7% higher than what the typical U.S. household pays. "Honolulu is just an expensive place across the board," Frutiger says.