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Salinas, California Named 7th Most Expensive City to Live in the Nation

Salinas, California Named 7th Most Expensive City to Live in the Nation

Salinas, California, a predominantly working-class city, was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the seventh most expensive city in the U.S. to live in.

The list ranks cities by comparing “how comfortably the average resident of each metropolitan area lives within his or her means.” The calculation involves weighing the incomes of renters and homeowners against the cost of housing.

While the actual cost of living in Salinas may be significantly lower than in San Francisco, the gap between average annual income, median home price, and median monthly rent is not insignificant. The median home price in Salinas is $925,458, which is dwarfed by the city’s average salary of $56,350. San Francisco has an average home price of $1,122,946 and an average salary of $86,590, according to the report.

California cities took seven of the top 10 spots on the list, with San Diego and Los Angeles ranking first and second, respectively. The Bay Area city of Santa Rosa ranked eighth.

Salinas, California Named 7th Most Expensive City to Live in the Nation

It’s unclear whether U.S. News & World Report’s list refers to the city of Salinas or the entire Salinas metro area, which includes the wealthy neighborhoods of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, locals say the city has a high cost of living.

Joaquin Turner, who commutes between Salinas and Carmel-by-the-Sea, where he runs an art gallery, told SFGATE that rents in Salinas are currently “very high.” U.S. News & World Report shows that the median monthly rent in the city is $1,718.

“We think Salinas is cheaper,” he said, “but if you compare it to the rest of the U.S., or even the rest of California, Salinas is still pretty expensive.”

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