Anyone with a wallet knows that New York is astronomically expensive, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Manhattan and Brooklyn are the two most expensive places to live in the US. But Queens is up there too, at number six.

Manhattanites fork over over two times the national average for consumer goods and services, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research, which surveyed 300 US urban areas for the second quarter of 2012. The report is based on housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. Manhattan ranked first with a Cost of Living Index of 233.5, compared to the national index average of 100.

Brooklyn came in a distant second, with an index of 183.4, and Queens was 151.4. Rounding out the top five are Honolulu (170.8), San Francisco (163.2) and San Jose (156.5).

About 29 percent of the average American urbanite’s spending is gobbled up by housing, which accounts for Manhattan and Brooklyn’s lofty placement. Although Queens residents pay less for housing, they fork over more money for groceries, utilities, transportation and health care than their Brooklyn counterparts, according to the council.

The metro rankings have remained fairly consistent since the council started crunching city data 45 years ago. In the first quarter of this year, Manhattan and Brooklyn were still first and second respectively, with Queens in seventh place.

Below are the ten spendiest places in the country, followed by the ten cheapest, in case that cab fare hike is the last straw:

High Rollers
1. Manhattan
2. Brooklyn
3. Honolulu
4. San Francisco
5. San Jose
6. Queens
7. Stamford, CT
8. Washington DC
9. Framingham-Natick, MA
10. Orange County, CA

Low Ballers
1. Harlingen, TX
2. Wichita Falls, TX
3. McAllen, TX
4. Muskogee, OK
5. Norman, OK
6. Fayetteville, AR
7. Memphis, TN
8. Ardmore, OK
9. Springfield, IL
10. San Marcos, TX

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