Discover the Top 10 Most Expensive States to Live in the United States

Before you move, whether for a job or another reason, knowing just how far your income will take you when factoring in the cost of living is helpful.

The Cost of Living Index is calculated based on the price of more than 60 goods and services. 

Cost Of Living Across The US

Many factors go into calculating the cost of living, but housing is a central point. In areas of the country—particularly on the coasts—where land is scarce, but many people want to live, increased demand puts more pressure on housing prices and apartment rents.

Alaska & Hawaii

Costs are high in Alaska and Hawaii primarily due to their remote locations, making it more expensive for stores to ship essential goods.

#10. Maine

The cost of heating a home in Maine can be an expensive prospect. More than 6 in 10 Mainers use fuel oil, the most costly heating option in the country, and prices can be volatile depending on supply and demand.

#9. New Jersey

Apartment rents in New Jersey have spiked, particularly in Jersey City. Many New Yorkers have relocated across the Hudson River to this city for more space with the same urban feel and relative accessibility to New York.

#8. Oregon

High-paying jobs in Oregon also come with higher costs. Housing prices have increased 30.5% from 2010 to 2020 due to high demand and low supply, per a 2021 report from Filterbuy.

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