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Most Expensive Cities for Baby’s First Year Are, Yes, Right Here

| August 9, 2013
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, won't have to worry about expense with their baby, Prince George. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with new baby Prince George. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

We’re not surprised, but still. With a nod to England’s new royal infant, real estate listing service Redfin came out with the most expensive American cities for baby’s first year this week. San Jose ranked No.1, with a total cost of $41,600. Santa Cruz (2), San Francisco (4) and Santa Rosa (7) were close behind.

In fact, California cities accounted for seven out of the top 10: San Diego (6), Oxnard (8), Los Angeles (9).

The study focused on housing (single-family homes only), child care, baby gear, health care and energy. Specifically, it zeroed in on: the cost of adding an additional bedroom to the house; nine months of child care; out-of-pocket expenses for prenatal, childbirth and first year; diapers, food, toys, strollers and other supplies; and cost for more laundry, a warmer home, etc.

Of course, what drove our fair cities high up on the list was the cost of housing. In San Jose, where¬†the median sold price in June 2013 for single-family homes was $690,000, you’ll pay $19,900 to add that extra bedroom. Adding a room in San Francisco (the median list price for a single-family home in June 2013 was $875,000) costs less — just $15,300.

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Category: Economy, Real Estate, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Cruz

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