It’s no secret that living in San Diego can get expensive. According to a newly released survey, this is especially true for “yuppies,” young urban professionals who enjoy splurging on little luxuries such as manicures, massages and yoga classes.
Locality.com, a website that allows users to compare prices, hours and reviews across local services nationwide, has just released its “Yuppie Price Index,” an economic indicator that tracks the annual cost of typical yuppie services in the top 30 cities across the U.S.
These yuppie services include haircuts, blowouts, manicures, massages, eyebrow waxing, dry cleaning, gym memberships, yoga classes, dog boarding and more.
As it turns out, San Diego is ranked No. 8 on the list of the most expensive yuppie cities in the country, with young urban professionals spending an average of $6,220 each year on pampering and recreational activities like the aforementioned.
Going off the list, this means America’s Finest City is more expensive for yuppies than subsequent cities on the list including: Miami ($6,187); Hartford, Conn. ($6,140); Los Angeles ($6,119); Chicago ($6,025); New York ($6,017); Boston ($5,995); Pittsburgh ($5,887).
The survey says New York City is among the most affordable cities for laundry and nail services, due to so much competition from numerous local businesses.
Cities that are more expensive than San Diego on the Yuppie Price Index include: Seattle (No. 7, at $6,228); Minneapolis (No. 6, at $6,271); Raleigh, N.C. (No. 5, at $6,282); Phoenix (No. 4, at $6,382); Washington, D.C. (No. 3, at $6,414); Denver (No. 2, at $6,640).
The No. 1 priciest city on the index is San Francisco, where yuppies are spending $6,718 annually on their favorite little luxuries. There, prices on these types of services are 14 percent higher than the national average, according to the survey.
On the opposite side of the coin, Locality says the 15 most affordable yuppie cities in the U.S. are, in order: Indianapolis; Houston; Cleveland; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta; Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis; Orlando, Fla.; Dallas; Sacramento, Calif.; Baltimore; Detroit; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Charlotte, N.C.