The US cities with the highest average household bills

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There can be wide variance in your average monthly costs depending on where you live, and a new report analyzing what Americans pay each month in the 25 largest metro areas shows just where those costs are highest.

Doxo, a web- and mobile-based bill pay service, released it’s report, America’s Household Bills Unbundled, comparing monthly costs for the nine most common bills excluding housing expenses like rent or mortgage payments. The report found that the national average for monthly household expenses is $984.

The following are the 25 largest metro areas ranked from least to most expensive.

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The most common household bills

The report looked at the nine most common household bills. Here are the national averages paid for each bill category:

●      Auto Loans: $376

●      Auto Insurance: $238

●      Utilities: $237

●      Health Insurance: $136

●      Life Insurance: $124

●      Cable, Satellite, Internet & Phone: $118

●      Mobile Phone: $98

●      Alarm & Security: $82

●      Dental Insurance: $35

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The most expensive metros for household bills

“It’s a huge part of the typical household budget, so it’s helpful to see how these expenses stack up.” said Steve Shivers, CEO of doxo. “Information and transparency empower both users and providers and doxoINSIGHTS reports enable consumers to make better decisions, reduce unnecessary expenses, and improve their financial outcomes.”

Click ahead to see the most expensive metros for household bills.

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25. Charlotte, North Carolina

Average monthly household bill cost: $869

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24. Atlanta

Average monthly household bill cost: $876

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23. St. Louis, Missouri

Average monthly household bill cost: $899

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22. Kansas City, Missouri

Average monthly household bill cost: $911

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21. Cleveland

Average monthly household bill cost: $921

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20. Salt Lake City (tie)

Average monthly household bill cost: $923

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20. Minneapolis (tie)

Average monthly household bill cost: $923

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18. Columbus, Ohio

Average monthly household bill cost: $940

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17. Sacramento, California

Average monthly household bill cost: $941

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16. Orlando, Florida

Average monthly household bill cost: $949

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15. Seattle

Average monthly household bill cost: $958

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14. Chicago

Average monthly household bill cost: $976

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13. Portland, Oregon

Average monthly household bill cost: $989

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12. Dallas

Average monthly household bill cost: $991

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11. Denver

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,015

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10. Boston

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,036

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9. Houston

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,037

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8. Pittsburgh

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,056

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7. Detroit

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,061

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6. Philadelphia

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,062

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5. Washington, DC

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,070

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4. San Francisco

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,073

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3. Los Angeles

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,096

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2. New York

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,126

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1. Miami

Average monthly household bill cost: $1,157

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Methodology

The report aggregated payment statistics to more than 45,000 billers across 45 different service categories from over 2.5 million users to uncover the actual, unfiltered average cost consumers pay for key household bills and share it in a collective snapshot. Doxo’s data is based on anonymized, aggregated statistics from actual payments made by millions of households for key services, and thereby avoids the self-reported estimates and inaccuracies inherent to standard consumer polling methods of typical industry reports. 

This article was produced and syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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