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California's housing market may be in the dumps along with its economy, but it's still a very expensive place in which to live, a new nationwide comparison indicates.

Four California communities are among the nation's 10 most expensive locales, according to the quarterly survey of living costs by the Arlington, VA.-based Council for Community and Economic Research.

Two New York City boroughs, Manhattan and Brooklyn, top the survey rankings, which are based on 90,000 prices of 60 different items, followed by Honolulu and San Francisco. San Jose is the sixth most expensive community, the Truckee area is ninth and Orange County is 10th.

Harlingen, Texas, is the nation's least expensive community in which to live. All others on the 10 least expensive list, with the exception of Richmond, Indiana, are in the nation's southern tier of states.

Truckee, incidentally, has the nation's fourth highest grocery costs, the survey found.



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