# 10 Pricey Cities That Pay Off

I think it is closer to 1300 sq ft?

May be another reason to move to California.

Couldn't help but notice the comments. The numbers are for the entire metro area in 2000.

Here is a link to the full list:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~albouy/City_Value_Full_List.pdf

Seattle, Santa Fe, Chicago, and Denver are in the Top 15.

In the beginning of your article you are referring to the cost of a 120 square meter (373 square feet) apartment in New York.........

Matthew, you apparently converted the metric data by multiplying with ~3 as there are a bit more than 3 feet in a meter. That's an F in math Matthew as these are square meters and not meters. Thus the conversion factor is ~9, or more precisely 10,7639104 square feet for each square meter. Using this conversion factor, your 120 square meter flat is equivalent to a 1291 square feet apartment.

You can check this math by googling "square meters to square feet" - there are plenty of conversion tools on the web for the metric challenged :-)

The author has obviously never been to Salinas. There is a huge difference between Salinas and Monterey (shown in the picture) and unless you want to pick lettuce or strawberries for a living, there is no reason to move to Salinas unless you're being relocated by the one private business of any size in that town. One of the happiest day of my past 8 years was the day in 2001 when I turned over the keys to my house in Salinas and left for a city with a real quality of life where my kids can get a good education from a public school!

Dear Matt-

Not sure where you get your calculations from, but 120-square-meter is not equivalent to 373-square-foot. Last time I checked it was ~1,159 sq ft.

Regards,

i live in Salinas and love it for it diversity and its weather....BUT its filled with crime and it seems the gangs run the city. I drive to work every morning and the police pull people over to traffic infractions, meanwhile gang members and homeless rome the streets. Sad state of events. There is one murder daily in Salinas....when will it end!

It never fails that when these lists come out the comment boards are flooded by people from far flung suburbs or flyover country bashing California and/or NYC. These people need to get with the program and understand, that NYC/California repeatedly make these lists for a reason-- because millions of people want to live there because of the culutral annd business opportuniteis they afford. Utah, AZ, Texas, Oregon, CT etc. are all nice places, but they never are going to replace CA or NYC on these types of lists. Face it, when the world looks to America they look to three regions, NYC, Califronia and DC. Without these regions, America would essentially be Canada, great country, but not the engine of the world's economy or a tourist mecca. Would visitors from overseas be clamoring to visit Idaho, Texas or Oregon? NBot likely, they want NYC and Hollywood. So those of you that live in other states and constatnly carp about NYC and CA need to sober up and give thanks they are part of the USA while you are visitng your local chain restaurant and shopping at your big-box stores for big-screen TVs to watch the State U. v U. State football games.

In the first paragraph, you've got linear and area calculations mixed up. A 120 square meter apartment is actually 1291 square feet, not the 373 square feet you've mentioned. 120 linear meters is 393 linear feet (still not 373 but close).

Just wanted to let the writer know that 120 squared meters are actually 1,292 square feet and not 373 square feet. The writer didn't take into account in his calculation that he's talking about an area and therefore about square units. Therefore the conversion is not just simply multiplying by 0.3048 feet per meter. Hope this helps the writer in future articles.

Allen T. has it right, it sure does sound like an ad from the California Tourism Board. I've been to California... and the last thing they need is more people!!! I found it to be dirty, expensive, crowded and full of traffic in every city I visited. Should not be topping the Best Of list.