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Top 25 Highest Spending Cities in the U.S. – Surprising Results

Top highest spending cities studied the average household spending for 2009 and by excluding mortgage or rent payments, they came up with the 25 cities that spend the most, and surprisingly, most of the big spenders are in the South or Southwest. Not all of the cities featured are affluent, nor famous for flashy spending and it appears that in Texas, we sure like to spend our money!

What is spending like in your city?


The Top 25:

  1. Austin, TX ($67,076)
  2. Scottsdale, AZ ($64,687)
  3. San Jose, CA ($59,022)
  4. Arlington, VA ($52,085)
  5. Plano, TX ($56,738)
  6. Raleigh, ND ($53,398)
  7. Nashville, TN ($52,964)
  8. Tucson, AZ ($51,857)
  9. Irvine, CA ($51,286)
  10. Durham, NC ($51,114)
  11. Washington, D.C. ($49,431)
  12. Dallas, TX ($47,920)
  13. Seattle, WA ($47,336)
  14. Reno, NV ($47,273)
  15. Corpus Christi, TX ($46,311)
  16. San Antonio, TX ($46,122)
  17. Honolulu, HI ($46,087)
  18. Oklahoma City, OK ($45,449)
  19. San Francisco, CA ($45,291)
  20. Madison, WI ($45,275)
  21. Henderson, NV ($45,220)
  22. Wichita, KS ($44,810)
  23. St. Paul, MN ($44,579)
  24. Chandler, AZ ($44,470)
  25. Lubbock, TX ($44,122)

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Joe Loomer

    March 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Hate to disagree with you Lani, but only four of these cities are in the South, eleven are in the southwest or west – five in Texas and three in California. That, and Bundle didn’t “bundle” Raleigh and Durham – which are essentially one city.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

    • Lani Rosales

      March 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      My point remains that I figured NYC and Boston and the like would be up there, so can we agree that almost the entire list exists below (SOUTH OF) the Mason-Dixon line? 🙂 🙂

  2. BawldGuy

    March 27, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Mildly surprised San Diego is among that group.

  3. Lani Rosales

    March 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I share your sentiment- Austin has never been in my mind for being a big spender city. Our city is all about free entertainment, free booze, free everything, so I’m astonished!

  4. Wallpapers

    March 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Where is New York City!!! I pass by these huge boutiques all the time here in the city but I guess they are just for show. They better start moving those shops to somewhere in Austin and give back the buildings in the old meat district!

  5. Stephanie Crawford

    March 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Nashville surprises me too. In Nashville/Davidson county the average home sales price so far this year is only $193,255. I bet they’re pulling in Williamson county located to the south of town which includes Franklin and Brentwood where the average sales price is $388,423.

  6. scottsdale az real estate

    March 30, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Nice post,I am not surprised that Scottsdale belong to the top 25 Highest Spending Cities in the U.S..!!I used to live in Scottsdale before..I live there for almost ten years.!!!

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