In Philly, a two-bedroom apartment costs 15.7 turkey dinners

If you’re already three nights into Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, the latest Apartment List report may be enough to turn your stomach. The rental agency compared the average cost of a turkey dinner with the median rental rates in cities across the United States to tabulate how many dinners each monthly bill would come to. Surprise: San Francisco does not fare well.

The methodology is a little complicated, but bear with us. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics data, dinner including a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and apple pie came to about $63.84 (what, no gravy? No cranberries? No sweet potatoes?). The number crunchers then adjusted the prices for each city by consulting the grocery component of a cost-of-living index and divided all of that by each city’s median two-bedroom rent. Voila. In Philadelphia, a two-bedroom is likely to run you $1,160, or roughly 15.7 turkey dinners each month.

San Francisco will cost you the equivalent of 38.4 turkey dinners, but our western neighbors in Cleveland and Pittsburgh fare a little better. Rent there will run you 11.1 and 12.5 turkey dinners respectively.

Depending on your leftover situation, you may be eating that much turkey this month anyway.

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