You may think that living in Canada has become expensive but there’s a silver lining: even the most expensive Canadian cities aren’t nearly as pricey to live in as some cities in Europe and Asia. In fact, they’re not even among the most expensive cities in North America. That dubious honour goes to 19 cities in the United States and one city in a very surprising place. All figures in US dollars.
New York, New York
According to Best Places, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city is $1,248 a month. Utilities and groceries are also much more expensive than the average for the United States.
When you put together your Florida packing list, remember that Miami has some of the most expensive shampoo, deodorant, cold medicine and toilet paper in the world.
What makes Chicago one of the most expensive cities in North America to live in, though, is the taxes: sales tax on food, restaurant taxes and state taxes are very high.
Charleston, South Carolina
Jersey City, New Jersey
Los Angeles, California
Luckily the U.S. capital is one of the cheapest places to travel from Canada because many of the attractions here are free to visit.
Walnut Creek, California
You can expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,300 a month for a one-bedroom apartment here.
San Francisco, California
Mountain View, California
Your monthly costs for living in this island paradise as a single person would come to an average of just over $1,670 – and that’s without rent, which could be from $1,300 to $4,000 for a one-bedroom apartment.