From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, the West is considered the most expensive region in the United States. This is because some western cities such as San Francisco have some of the highest living costs in the country. While not everyone can afford to live in these expensive markets, it’s important to note that there are still options available in this region.
As defined by the US federal government, the West officially includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Hosting the annual Colorado State Fair, Pueblo is considered one of the top cities in the country in terms of heritage preservation. The historic waterfront along the Arkansas River hosts a seasonal farmers’ market and hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, while Pueblo has fine art, museums and many restaurants.
- Population: 112 361
- Average monthly gross rent: USD 799
- Average monthly homeowner expenses: USD 1133
Farmington, New Mexico
Farmington is considered the center of San Juan County, along the confluence of three rivers and offering a trading radius of 150 miles. Its central location and pleasant weather make this city a popular outdoor destination. Historic Native American ruins are nearby, while the Aztec Ruins National Monument and Salmon Ruins are close to the city center.
- Population: 44372
- Average monthly gross rent: USD 868
- Average monthly homeowner expenses: USD 1,374
Near the Arizona-California border, Yuma is especially popular during the winter months due to its warm and dry environment. The city has plenty to do outside – from golfing on one of the many courses to bird watching at the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge – but it also has inland attractions such as the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historical Park, built in 1876. …
- Population: 98285
- Average monthly gross rent: USD 891
- Average monthly homeowner expenses: USD 1,253