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SAN DIEGO — San Diego is ranked as the fourth most expensive city in the U.S. to live, according to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

San Diegans spent an average of $22,000 on housing in 2012, compared to  the national average of $16,887. Expenditures included household furnishings and equipment, housekeeping supplies, utilities and public services.

San Diego followed Washington, D.C. (No. 1), San Francisco (No. 2) and New York (No. 3).

Among the lowest-ranking metropolitan areas are Detroit, Miami and Cleveland.

The report examined housing costs before, during and after the Great Recession.