Second-costliest U.S. locale: Brooklyn
Cost of living:
78.6% above U.S. average
Once a working-class area across the East River from Manhattan, Brooklyn has placed No. 2 on CCER's most-expensive-cities list for four years running.
"Brooklyn has become trendy, and the cost of living has skyrocketed as a result," Frutiger says.
CCER found that Brooklyn housing costs 242.6% above U.S. average, with Zillow (which lists some
11,400 Brooklyn-area properties for sale
) estimating the typical residence there runs $532,600. That's a 9.3% increase in just 12 months.
Brooklyn groceries also cost 27.8% higher than the national average, while utilities are 24.7% more than what the typical American household pays. Health care likewise costs 11.4% above average and transportation runs 6.1% higher than usual.