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Cities with the Most and Least Expensive Utilities

By: Davina Ward
July 29, 2021

Looking into moving to a new city? If you're still mulling over a few cities to make your next home, you're likely considering the cost of living.

Housing costs, taxes, and groceries all play a role in a city's cost of living, but an expense that often goes overlooked is the utility bill.

The average utility bill varies city to city and state to state. Before making your move, get to know how much your future utility bill may cost.

These are the U.S. cities with the most and least expensive utilities.

Cities With the Most Expensive Utilities

Learn about the cities with the highest utility costs across the country that. Be sure to budget for these high costs when planning your move!

Bridgeport, CT

  • The average utility cost in Bridgeport, CT is $259.41
  • The average electricity cost in Bridgeport, CT is $184.97
  • The average gas cost in Bridgeport, CT is $74.44

This coastal town boasts a temperate climate and experiences four distinct seasons every year. Bridgeport residents keep cool in the long, hot summers and stay warm during New England winters.

There’s a current energy increase hike in consideration. That could raise monthly costs by as much as $12.55.

New Haven, CT

  • The average utility cost in New Haven, CT is $232.50
  • The average electricity cost in New Haven, CT is $166.38
  • The average gas cost in New Haven, CT is $66.12

Home to the famed campuses of Yale University, New Haven is another coastal Connecticut city known for its high utility rates. Similar to Bridgeport, which is less than 20 miles away, New Haven experiences cold winters and hot, humid summers. Residents use lots of A/C in the summers and lots of gas in the winter to stay comfortable.

Boston, MA

  • The average utility cost in Boston, MA is $216.86
  • The average electricity cost in Boston, MA is $135.2
  • The average gas cost in Boston, MA is $81.67

Although the harsh and precipitous New England winter phenomenon is largely responsible for Boston’s place on this list, the city also fully experiences each of the four seasons. Boston residents should expect high A/C usage in the summer. They should also expect shoveling and high heating costs in the colder months.

Stockton, CA

  • The average utility cost in Stockton, CA is $226.17
  • The average electricity cost in Stockton, CA is $161.80
  • The average gas cost in Stockton, CA is $64.37

Stockton’s water rates have increased since 2016, with more increases planned up to 2025. Additionally, Stockton has a new “owner-only” system in which property owners are responsible for utility charges. As a result, tenants can expect bills mailed to their apartment or higher rent rates that reflect the shift.

Birmingham, AL

  • The average utility cost in Birmingham, AL is $242.20
  • The average electricity cost in Birmingham, AL is $196.29
  • The average gas cost in Birmingham, AL is $45.92

As a major city of the Southern U.S, Birmingham, Alabama is known for its warm weather. Winters are mild with very few days that reach below freezing temperatures.

Summers are hot. So, A/C and cooling costs will be the most impactful item on your utility bill.

Worcester, MA-CT

  • The average utility cost in Worcester, MA-CT is $203.74
  • The average electricity cost in Worcester, MA-CT is $153.43
  • The average gas cost in Worcester, MA-CT is $50.31

The New England climate is no joke with cold, snowy winters, and hot humid summers. The result is wildly high heating and cooling costs year-round.

Additionally, Worcester weather is prone to rapid changes. So, regulating utility costs can be challenging.

Hartford, CT

  • The average utility cost in Hartford, CT is $208.11
  • The average electricity cost in Hartford, CT is $149.79
  • The average gas cost in Hartford, CT is $58.32

Harford, Connecticut boasts a humid continental climate. Long, cold winters cause high heating bills. Then, hot humid summers result in high cooling costs.

Fortunately, the spring and fall months are relatively mild. Unfortunately, they aren’t mild enough to cancel out the high winter and summer utility costs.

Scranton, PA

  • The average utility cost in Scranton, PA is $201.69
  • The average electricity cost in Scranton, PA is $125.38
  • The average gas cost in Scranton, PA is $76.32

As another humid continental climate-driven city, Scranton, Pennsylvania experiences its fair share of hot summer months and cold winter months. Water rates in the city are unusually high. They can add an extra $52.93 to your monthly utility bill.

Kansas City, MO

  • The average utility cost in Kansas City, MO is $224.83
  • The average electricity cost in Kansas City, MO is $157.53
  • The average gas cost in Kansas City, MO is $67.30

Kansas City is not located in the state of Kansas, nor is it known for its affordable utility rates. Though water costs remain around the average, residents experience high electricity and gas costs. High rates are the result of hot and cold swings during the summer and winter months.

Providence, RI

  • The average utility cost in Providence, RI is $205.73
  • The average electricity cost in Providence, RI is $130.38
  • The average gas cost in Providence, RI is $75.34

Providence is another New England city experiencing the typical snowy cold winters and hot, humid summers. However, the Atlantic Ocean keeps the state warmer than other New England cities. That’s why it’s a little lower on the list. Its heating and cooling costs aren’t as extreme.

Cities With the Least Expensive Utilities

Thinking of moving to one of these cities? You're in luck! These are the 10 cities with the lowest utility costs.

Boise City, ID

  • The average utility cost in Boise City, ID is $186.55
  • The average electricity cost in Boise City, ID is $104.19
  • The average gas cost in Boise City, ID is $36.89

Boise City boasts low utility rates due to a generally mild climate, infrastructure improvements made in past years, and incremental water rate increases. That said, the bubble might burst in 2021. That’s because SUEZ, the company providing water service, is proposing a 22% rate increase.

North Port, FL

  • The average utility cost in North Port, FL is $195.35
  • The average electricity cost in North Port, FL is $139.32
  • The average gas cost in North Port, FL is $6.65

Another Florida city for those looking to save on their utility bill, North Port isn’t the cheapest city on this list. However, it’s in the running.

Electricity costs are killer there during the hot months of summer. However, residents get a reprieve during the milder months of winter.

Palm Bay, FL

  • The average utility cost in Palm Bay, FL is $196.91
  • The average electricity cost in Palm Bay, FL is $144.40
  • The average gas cost in Palm Bay, FL is $8.92

If you’re looking for locales with low utility costs, head to warmer climates. Without the influence of wildly cold winters, heating costs are low and manageable. That’s the case for Palm Bay, Florida. It’s warm pretty much all year round, so you’ll only experience utility rate leaps in summer months.

Cape Coral, FL

  • The average utility cost in Cape Coral, FL is $197.26
  • The average electricity cost in Cape Coral, FL is $148.03
  • The average gas cost in Cape Coral, FL is $3.44

As another Florida city with low utility rates, Cape Coral, Florida is warm throughout the year with mild winters. The average low temperature for January is a high 54℉. So, it’s more of an extended Spring.

Heating costs remain low year-round. Cooling costs experience an increase during summer months.

Albuquerque, NM

  • The average utility cost in Albuquerque, NM is $199.70
  • The average electricity cost in Albuquerque, NM is $99.06
  • The average gas cost in Albuquerque, NM is $53.39

The cold desert climate of Albuquerque, New Mexico has a misleading name. The city generally experiences consistent warm, mild weather.

The desert climate contributes to the pattern of warm days and cool nights. That translates to low utility costs all around.

El Paso, TX

  • The average utility cost in El Paso, TX is $200.91
  • The average electricity cost in El Paso, TX is $101.14
  • The average gas cost in El Paso, TX is $48.19

Winters in El Paso are mild to cool and summers are long and hot. While water rates are on the high end, gas and electricity rates are on the lower end.

The trade-off for low utility costs is some pretty extreme weather phenomena. Those include frequent dust storms, flooding, and thunderstorms.

Ogden, UT

  • The average utility cost in Ogden, UT is $205.35
  • The average electricity cost in Ogden, UT is $98.41
  • The average gas cost in Ogden, UT is $62.73

Ogden residents don’t experience frigid winter temperatures. However, the snow can really pile up.

With the cool temperatures, heating costs are significant, but not astronomical. Luckily, the hot summer months make for a consistently low utility bill year-round. As a bonus, water rates are on the low end of average.

Salt Lake City, UT

  • The average utility cost in Salt Lake City, UT is $207.98
  • The average electricity cost in Salt Lake City, UT is $94.31
  • The average gas cost in Salt Lake City, UT is $63.36

Generally, electricity costs will make up the bulk of your utility bill. Fortunately, Salt Lake City residents benefit from some of the lowest electricity costs in the country. With hot dry summers and cold winters, these low rates make a big difference on the average utility bill.

Denver, CO

  • The average utility cost in Denver, CO is $207.98
  • The average electricity cost in Denver, CO is $102.53
  • The average gas cost in Denver, CO is $52.76

Denver’s high elevation contributes to a desert-climate-esque pattern of warmer days and dramatically cooler nights. It’s a natural solution that results in lower utility costs, especially during the summer months.

Though Denver winters are cold, gas rates aren’t too high. That makes for a more reasonable utility bill.

Deltona, FL

  • The average utility cost in Deltona, FL is $208.54
  • The average electricity cost in Deltona, FL is $153.35
  • The average gas cost in Deltona, FL is $6.60

Gas costs in Deltona, Florida are almost laughably low. However, they aren’t unexpected considering the very mild winters and hot summers the city experiences.

Electricity rates throughout the year will have the biggest impact on your utility bill. Water rates are low, as well.

Average Utility Bills Across US Cities

Not sure how much utilites cost in your future city? Find your city in the below table to see how much utilites cost in the area.

CitiesAverage Electricity BillAverage Gas BillAverage Water BillAverage Fuel BillAverage Utility Bill
Bridgeport, CT$184.97$74.44$35.59$58.58$353.57
New Haven, CT$166.38$66.12$36.59$42.53$311.62
Boston, MA$135.20$81.67$46.58$32.78$296.22
Stockton, CA$161.80$64.37$68.82$1.12$296.10
Birmingham, AL$196.29$45.92$51.46$0.76$294.43
Worcester, MA-CT$153.43$50.31$32.70$55.19$291.63
Hartford, CT$149.79$58.32$32.99$48.91$290.01
Scranton, PA$125.38$76.32$52.93$25.62$280.24
Kansas City, MO$157.53$67.30$52.76$1.54$279.12
Providence, RI$130.38$75.34$39.07$33.26$278.06

Need more budgeting help? Learn how much utilities are in an apartment.

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Davina Ward is a contributing author at Apartment List and freelance writer specializing in real estate and digital marketing. She received her B. Read More
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