Most Expensive Suburb in California: Saratoga

Median home price: $1,405,000

Cost-of-living index: 222

Nonretail spending index: 223

Location: about 10 miles southwest of San Jose

Population: 30,287

A wealthy community incorporated in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1956, the city of Saratoga has median household income of $151,733, according to Census data. Single-family detached homes begin at $432,000 to more than $6 million for a premier estate, according to the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.

* Some expensive California towns did not have large enough populations to be included in the survey.
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