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Here's how much it costs a single person to live in the 15 largest US cities

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Cost of living can look drastically different depending on where you are. It will cost a single person about $29,118 a year to live in Brownsville, Texas, for example, but in San Francisco, California, that expense more than doubles, to $69,072.

That's according to the Economic Policy Institute's newly updated family budget calculator, which shows the income differently sized families need in order to attain a baseline standard of living across the U.S. In other words, it measures "what families need to get by," says EPI Senior Economist Elise Gould.

The calculator factors in geographic differences in cost of living and six main expenses: housing, food, transportation, health care, other basic necessities and taxes.

"In order to keep the budgets modest, the calculator notably does not include many expenses associated with a middle-class lifestyle, such as paying off student loans or saving for college or retirement," the EPI notes.

The EPI gathered data for 10 family types in all 3,142 counties and in all 611 metro areas. Below, CNBC Make It highlighted the monthly and annual cost of living for a single adult in the 15 largest U.S. cities. We also included the cost of one of the biggest expenses singles face: housing.

Cities are listed in ascending order of total cost of living.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas

Housing costs: $649 per month ($7,788 per year)
Total cost of living: $2,716 per month ($32,587 per year)

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio

Housing costs: $601 per month ($7,212 per year)
Total cost of living: $2,719 per month ($32,632 per year)

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida

Housing costs: $604 per month ($7,248 per year)
Total cost of living: $2,759 per month ($33,104 per year)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana

Housing costs: $599 per month ($7,188 per year)
Total cost of living: $2,794 per month ($33,530 per year)

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas

Housing costs: $730 per month ($8,760 per year)
Total cost of living: $2,880 per month ($34,563 per year)

Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas

Housing costs: $772 per month ($9,264 per year)
Total cost of living: $2,949 per month ($35,391 per year)

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona

Housing costs: $684 per month ($8,208 per year)
Total cost of living: $3,143 per month ($37,715 per year)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Housing costs: $824 per month ($9,891 per year)
Total cost of living: $3,191 per month ($38,291 per year)

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas

Housing costs: $860 per month ($10,320 per year)
Total cost of living: $3,197 per month ($38,369 per year)

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois

Housing costs: $879 per month ($10,548 per year)
Total cost of living: $3,217 per month ($38,605 per year)

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California

Housing costs: $1,067 per month ($12,804 per year)
Total cost of living: $3,569 per month ($42,825 per year)

San Diego, California

San Diego, California
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San Diego, California

Housing costs: $1,164 per month ($13,973 per year)
Total cost of living: $3,903 per month ($46,834 per year)

New York, New York

New York, New York
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New York, New York

Housing costs: $1,514 per month ($18,168 per year)
Total cost of living: $4,277 per month ($51,323 per year)

San Jose, California

San Jose, California
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San Jose, California

Housing costs: $1,716 per month ($20,592 per year)
Total cost of living: $5,129 per month ($61,549 per year)

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California

Housing costs: $2,014 per month ($24,168 per year)
Total cost of living: $5,756 per month ($69,072 per year)

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