According to an article in the Washington Post yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics did a study that shows that “on average – Washingtonians spend more on housing and related expenses (utilities, furnishings, and equipment) than New Yorkers and San Franciscans.”  At least we did in 2011-2012.

2011-2012 Housing Expenses by City

2011-2012 Housing Expenses by City Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics / Washington Post

I find this hard to believe when tiny apartments in San Francisco are going for an average of $3,120, but this seems to be a huge increase over the last two years.  DC may no longer be on top.  However, it is still true that the DC area is way up there when it comes to expenses.

Which leads me to believe that if you can be a minimalist and reduce expenses here, anyone can.