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6 of the worst hidden costs of living in the suburbs

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    Living in the suburbs can be extremely expensive, and
    often in unexpected ways.
  
  
    Some of the hidden costs of suburban life include
    sky-high transportation expenses and pricey groceries.
  
  
    Here are six of the worst hidden costs of living in the
    suburbs.
  
  
    
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  I've lived most of my life in the
  suburbs.

  I was raised just outside
  Washington, DC, in Alexandria, Virginia. My wife and I settled in
  Glendale, California, a few miles from the center of Los Angeles,
  and now we live in a suburban neighborhood a short train ride
  from Manhattan.

  If living most of my life in
  suburban areas adjacent to major cities has taught me anything,
  it's that suburban living can be extremely expensive, and often
  in unexpected ways. 

  
  Homeownership is more common in suburban areas
  than in urban settings, and much
  of the costs associated with suburban living are therefore
  predictable. The costs you might not have anticipated when
  settling just outside the city, however, accrue slowly over time
  and in sudden and unexpected ways.

  Whether you own or rent a home,
  living in the suburbs of most major cities is more expensive than
  living in the city itself, 
  according to a survey conducted
  by Zillow late last year (even if urban property is usually much more
  expensive).

  But you probably expect mortgage
  and maintenance costs. The following expenses, not so
  much.

  Here are the hidden costs of
  living in the suburbs that most people don't see coming.

6 of the worst hidden costs of living in the suburbs



    I've lived most of my life in the suburbs.

    I was raised just outside Washington, DC, in Alexandria, Virginia. My wife and I settled in Glendale, California, a few miles from the center of Los Angeles, and now we live in a suburban neighborhood a short train ride from Manhattan.

    If living most of my life in suburban areas adjacent to major cities has taught me anything, it's that suburban living can be extremely expensive, and often in unexpected ways.

    Homeownership is more common in suburban areas than in urban settings, and much of the costs associated with suburban living are therefore predictable. The costs you might not have anticipated when settling just outside the city, however, accrue slowly over time and in sudden and unexpected ways.

    Whether you own or rent a home, living in the suburbs of most major cities is more expensive than living in the city itself, according to a survey conducted by Zillow late last year (even if urban property is usually much more expensive).

    But you probably expect mortgage and maintenance costs. The following expenses, not so much.

    Here are the hidden costs of living in the suburbs that most people don't see coming.

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