Top 50 Most Expensive American Cities to Live in, in 2018

If you’ve ever imagined yourself living in a city like Manhattan or Los Angeles, you’re not alone. Making it big in the big city is one of the most enduring American dreams. While this may not be everyone’s American dream, the United States has some great cities with a lot to offer, from jobs to entertainment and overall quality of life. While millions of people hustle and grind for a great life in these cities, it often comes at a high price. The cost of living in some American cities are not only among some of the highest in the world but can be over 100% higher than the rest of the country. Just how high is high? We’ve broken down the most expensive American cities based on relevant statistics like housing, utilities and groceries. Check to see if your city is on this list!

50.) St. Louis, Missouri


Population: 315,685

Median Home Price: $151,900

Median Annual Household Income: $52,343

Price of a dozen eggs: $2.20

St. Louis, located in east central Missouri on the Mississippi River, is the second-largest city in the state. The city’s most famous landmark is the 630-foot Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen and erected in 1965 to symbolize St. Louis as the gateway to the American West. The Municipal Theatre, the largest and oldest outdoor musical theatre in the US, is located in Forest Park. St. Louis has a thriving nightlife, helping ranked on the Forbes list of the Best Cities for Singles. With Anheuser-Busch based in the city, would you expect anything less? The historic Soulard neighborhood just south of Busch Stadium is the city’s best place to see live music, with many clubs within walking distance. Laclede’s Landing on the Mississippi River is a large area packed with restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and with easy access to riverboat gambling casinos.

The median home value is $151,900. The values have gone up 1.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.5% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed is $170,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $166,100. The median rent price is $995.