Moving Within These US Cities? Open Your Wallet

Moving within certain cities in California is especially costly
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2017 3:53 PM CST
Moving Within These US Cities? Open Your Wallet
California moves are costly.   (Getty Images/XiXinXing)

Ready to pack up and move—but maybe not too far? If you're looking for a better school district or just a fresh new start in a nearby neighborhood, 24/7 Wall St. looked at how much it costs to move within 100 of the largest US metro areas. To determine the most expensive areas, the site looked at two key metrics: the median cost of one month's rent and security deposit for a three-bedroom housing unit, based on US Census data, and the approximate moving costs within the most populated ZIP code in the main city for each metro region. Here, the cities rounding out the top 10, as well as the average total cost to move within a certain metro area, what the first month's rent and deposit will set you back, and the cost of living:

  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.: $5,798, $4,496, 24.1% (greater than nation)
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.: $5,302, $3,996, 21.9%
  3. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.: $5,190, $3,884, 16.1%
  4. San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.: $5,098, $3,778, 16.6%
  5. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.: $4,962, $3,658, 17.6%
  6. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.-WV: $4,926, $3,636, 19.1%
  7. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.: $4,921, $3,510, 20.1%
  8. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-Penn.: $4,631, $3,130, 21.9%
  9. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-NH: $4,450, $3,144, 10.3%
  10. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.: $4,395, $3,110, 9.4%
Read the full list here, or check out the US cities that get thumbs-down ratings overall. (More US cities stories.)

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