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5. Alaska

Aurora borealis—bright curtains of yellow, green, red and purple light produced by charged electrons and protons in the atmosphere—illuminates the sky over Fairbanks, Alaska, about 240 nights a year. Since the average cost of your power bill in the fifth most expensive state to live will set you back more than $500, you may be better off relying on the Northern Lights to brighten your home.

  • 2014 Cost of Living rank: #46 (5th most expensive)
  • 2014 Cost of Living score: 5 (out of 50)
  • 2013 Cost of Living rank: #49 (2nd most expensive)
  • Avg. home price (Fairbanks Metro): $395,133
  • Half gallon of milk: $2.43
  • Pound of ground beef: $4.35
  • Monthly energy bill: $509.29
  • Doctor visit: $168.67
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