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4. California

The Golden State is an apt name for the fourth most expensive state to live in, where everyday costs rival the price of gold. If paying an average of $165 for your monthly energy bill and $24 for your home phone bill makes you want to jump in the Pacific, don't even think about the average price to buy a home: $820,479.

  • 2014 Cost of Living rank: #47 (4th most expensive)
  • 2014 Cost of Living score: 4 (out of 50)
  • 2013 Cost of Living rank: #45 (6th most expensive)
  • Avg. home price (San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco Metro): $820,479
  • Half gallon of milk: $2.66
  • Pound of ground beef: $3.57
  • Monthly energy bill: $165.30
  • Doctor visit: $130.96
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