New Yorkers who complain they get a raw deal from a high cost of living can take solace in paying less for at least one item.
Los Angeles, not New York, has the most expensive sushi in the U.S., according to the Sushinomics Cost-of-Living Index. The measure, compiled by Bloomberg Rankings, was based on a survey of prices for spicy tuna and California rolls at restaurants in 27 major cities.
Hirotaka Fujita, sushi chef and owner of Jinpachi in West Hollywood, California, considered the findings ... fishy.
“Really?” Fujita said. “No. New York has to be the most expensive.” He added that his price for a six-piece spicy tuna roll was just $8.
After Los Angeles and New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Austin, Texas, rounded out the top five. At the bottom were Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; New Orleans; and Princeton, New Jersey.
Bloomberg used the survey to find an average price for all 27 cities and then compared each locale to that figure. Los Angeles scored 126.6 on the index, meaning sushi prices there were about 27 percent above the average. New York rated 120.9, and Princeton had the cheapest rolls with a rating of 72.9.
The Sushinomics Cost-of-Living Index in 27 cities and their rankings, with 100 as average. Los Angeles 126.63 New York 120.97 San Francisco 117.44 Minneapolis 112.19 Austin 109.80 Miami 108.06 Orlando 107.88 Denver 107.30 Atlanta 104.88 Sacramento 103.88 Philadelphia 103.86 Dallas 103.72 St. Louis 103.55 Boston 103.09 Wilmington, Del. 101.06 Newark, N.J. 100.37 Seattle 99.96 Houston 96.95 Tempe, Ariz. 96.17 San Jose 93.83 Chicago 93.09 Washington 88.15 Charlotte 88.08 Columbus 85.57 Portland 84.22 New Orleans 76.25 Princeton, N.J. 72.92