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Rating the quality of life in American cities can be a challenge, because everyone has different criteria. Some would say it depends on having enough leisure time to spend with family and friends. Others would say it’s more dependent on a good income or a healthy lifestyle. The correct answer is, of course, the price of pizza.

An analysis of data from The Council for Community and Economic Research shows that some metro areas in the U.S. have very low prices of pizza, making them very good places to live. York-Hanover, Pennsylvania, with your average price of just $6.99 per pie, I’m looking at you. But high pizza prices make some otherwise very nice areas in the U.S. a living hell.

Here is a list of the 10 worst metro areas in America to live, based on pizza price data.

The most expensive cities for pizza

City Average price of pizza
Alexandria, LA $15.16
Stockton-Lodi, CA $13.58
Juneau, AK $13.32
Fairbanks, AK $12.99
Stockton-Lodi, CA $12.87
Urban Honolulu, HI $12.53
Mankato-North Mankato, MN $12.33
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA $12.33
Hilo, HI $12.02
Austin-Round Rock, TX $11.95

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

Gaze with horror, if you dare, at Alexandria, Louisiana’s average pizza price of $15.16, more than double the price of a pie in York-Hanover, Pennsylvania. Be grateful that you never fell for the tropical wiles of Honolulu, with its average pizza price of $12.53, substantially higher than the national average price of $9.31.

If you live in one of these pizza deserts and have now wisely decided to move, here is a list of the best cities in America to live, by pizza price.

The cheapest cities for pizza

City Average price of pizza
York-Hanover, PA $6.99
Dover, DE $7.49
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ $7.49
Ithaca, NY $7.55
Springfield, MO $7.64
Gainesville, FL $7.99
Pueblo, CO $7.99
Richmond, IN $7.99
Ames, IA $7.99
Roanoke, VA $7.99

If you are unlucky enough to lack the resources to move away from an expensive pizza area, or are locked in to a “good job” or “mortgage” that makes it hard to pick up and leave right away, take heart. Through diligent saving and an around-the-clock job search, you may one day be able to move to a cheap-pizza paradise.