You probably guessed it from the $14 cocktails and $3,000-a-month rents for a studio apartment: Manhattan is pricey.
But there’s more hard data to prove that it’s by far the most expensive place to live in the United States.
Manhattan rates a Cost of Living Index of 233.5, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research.
That’s based on a national index average of 100 — so Manhattan is well over twice as pricey as the average.
The council evaluated 300 US cities to determine their index numbers based on the cost of 60 consumer goods and services — from grocery items and housing to health care and transportation. (For the purposes of this survey, New York City’s boroughs are treated as distinct cities.)
A distant second on the list was Brooklyn, with an index of 183.4. Queens was sixth, with an index of 151.4.