The most and least expensive places to live in America

America's biggest cities are among its most expensive.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released data on personal income and the cost of living in 2015 for metropolitan areas and the non-metropolitan parts of states. One of the main indicators the BEA released shows the relative cost-of-living in different parts of the country.

The Regional Price Parity is an index that sets the national average cost of goods and services at 100, with a particular region's RPP showing how the cost of living in that region compares to that average. For example, the New York City metropolitan area had a 2015 RPP of 121.9, which means that NYC and its suburbs are about 21.9% more expensive than the national average. Meanwhile, Beckley, West Virginia, had an RPP of 79.7, meaning that goods and services cost just about four-fifths as much as the national average.Advertisement

And here's a chart showing the ten most expensive and ten least expensive metro areas in the country:
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ten most and least expensive metros

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Bureau of Economic Analysis

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