25 Most Expensive Places to Live in the U.S. Living alone is pretty expensive. Suddenly, a person has tons of bills to pay, and it can seem difficult to juggle everything at once. Nothing is more expensive than housing nowadays. If it feels like rent and housing have skyrocketed in price, it has! Over time, the median home value in the United States has changed massively. In 1940, the median home value was $2,938–that’s roughly $54,747 when you adjust it for inflation. Now, according to Zillow, the median home value sits at $226,700. That’ll put a dent in a monthly budget.Well, if you’re living on a budget, there are some zip codes you may want to stay away from. We looked across the country to find 25 U.S. cities that had the highest cost of living. Our rankings are based on five factors that can impact how much it costs to live. These factors include median household income, the median value of a home, one month of rent for a one-bedroom apartment, and the cost of groceries. You can't live without food! If you're looking for a place to live, it may be best to avoid these 25 cities because you'll have to have a high-paying job just to get food and keep a roof over your head!All facts and figures in this slideshow are accurate as of 5/15/2019.