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Study: San Diego rates ninth highest for cost-of-living in country

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego has the ninth highest cost-of-living in the United States, according to a study released Monday by Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice.

San Diego's cost of living was 31.9 percent more than the U.S. average, mainly because of high rents and home costs, which are more than twice the national average.

Groceries, health care and transportation in San Diego cost 10 percent more than the national average, according to Kiplinger's.

While New York City and Honolulu led the list, San Francisco was third, San Jose fourth, Oakland eighth and Los Angeles 10th. The rankings were based largely on housing costs.

Harlingen, Texas, which has about 60,000 residents and is just north of the Mexico border and about 30 miles west of the Gulf of Mexico, was ranked as the most affordable city.

The list was based on the Council for Community and Economic Research's calculations of living expenses in 307 urban areas. The council's Cost of Living Index measured prices for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

Cities with populations less than 50,000 and areas with multiple high-population areas like Orange County were omitted.

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