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America’s most expensive states to live in 2015

Cars drive down Castro Street in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

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5. California

The Golden State, with its Golden Gate, charges golden prices, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the average home price is pushing $1 million dollars. Want an Italian dinner here in the home of the iconic North Bay neighborhood? Brace yourself. An 8-ounce canister of grated Parmesan cheese will set you back more than $6.00, compared to the national average of $3.90. Mamma mia!

  • 2015 Cost of Living rank: No. 46 (5th most expensive)
  • 2015 Cost of Living score: 8 (out of 75 points)
  • 2014 Cost of Living rank: No. 47 (4th most expensive)
  • Average home price (San Francisco/Redwood City Metro): $946,066
  • Half gallon of milk: $2.77
  • Pound of ground beef: $3.97
  • Monthly energy bill: $213.39
  • Doctor visit: $127.57

Caption: Cars drive down Castro Street in San Francisco.

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