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Big differences in living costs in major U.S. cities

Staff Writer |
Households living in the metros areas of Los Angeles and Miami report spending 30 percent of their monthly income on housing costs while families living in Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, and Seattle spend 21 percent.

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This is according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau's the 2015 American Housing Survey focusing on 25 metropolitan areas.

Families living in the metro area of Portland, Oregon spend 23 percent while Pittsburg residents spend 18 percent of their monthly income on housing costs.

In 2015, approximately 901,000 households (12.4 percent) in the New York City metro area were experiencing food insecurity while over 100,000 families (5.4 percent) living in the Boston area were experiencing the least in the largest metro areas.

15.9 percent of households in Detroit reported the most exposure to first-hand tobacco inside their home in the largest metro areas while San Francisco reported the least at 4.6 percent.

Nearly 17 percent of households in the Boston metro area reported signs of mice or rats in their home within the last 12 months and Phoenix residents report significantly less at 3.4 percent.

38 percent of households in the Houston metro area report the most sightings of cockroaches in their home within the last 12 months while Seattle residents report less than 1 percent.

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