Renting vs. buying a home in California:
- Monthly rent in California: $2,400
- Monthly mortgage in California: $2,221
Three of the top five most expensive rental markets in the U.S. are in California: San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, according to the Zumper National Rent Report. And another three cities in the state, including Los Angeles and San Diego, are among the top 25 highest-priced rental markets.
Living with a roommate in California’s pricey rental markets can be a way to keep costs down — especially in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles where it's a growing trend, said Gudell of Zillow. However, to avoid paying high prices for housing, utilities, gas and more, consider moving to one of the best places for saving money.
Methodology: GOBankingRates.com surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify where it's more expensive per month to own or rent a home. The median monthly rent was sourced from May 2016 Zillow data on single-family homes. GOBankingRates sourced median home list prices in each state using May 2016 Zillow data. Current mortgage rates in each state were sourced on June 24, 2016, from Zillow. GOBankingRates then used the Zillow mortgage calculator to determine the monthly mortgage payment, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year fixed loan. The mortgage calculator also took insurance and taxes into consideration to determine the monthly mortgage payment.