"Every time we release this data, Harlingen makes the news," the economist says with a chuckle, "and the people love it."
In Manhattan, the most expensive U.S. city right now, rent is $2,905 more each month than in Harlingen.
Even a tube of toothpaste costs $1.73 more in Manhattan.
Price of T-bone steak: $8.14
Cost of orange juice: $2.98
Average monthly utilities: $158.65
Median rental cost: $642
Average home price (2,400 sq. foot, 4 bedrooms/2+ bathrooms): $221,486
By Business Insider
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