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Metros with the worst HOA fees

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    Metros with the worst HOA fees

    Becoming a homeowner for the first time can be an exciting time in one’s life, but it also may bring a handful of previously unfamiliar financial responsibilities. Unlike renting, purchasing a house places many nagging annual and monthly costs at the feet of the new homeowners, the likes of which include mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities and perhaps the most pesky of them all: homeowners association fees.

    HOA fees are often monthly payments required of landowners living in a co-op or gated community to finance the upkeep of the community’s shared spaces. While they typically range from anywhere between $200 and $400, they vary a great deal not only by the quality of the property, but also by the geographic location of the community.

    To find the highest HOA fees in the country, Stacker used data from Trulia to rank the 50 American metros with the highest average. The 2015 data represents a weighted average for each metro, which takes into account only data from homeowners who actually pay any fee—so as to not have countless fees of $0 distorting the metro-wide averages.

    Read on to see how HOA fees in your city compare to those with the worst fees in the country.

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    #50. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $194
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 23.30%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 5.80%

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    #49. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $198
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 27.40%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 10.60%

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    #48. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $213
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 35.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 4.20%

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    #47. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $218
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 25.70%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 11.60%

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    #46. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $218
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 33.10%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 4.70%

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    #45. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $220
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 36.00%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 8.10%

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    #44. Columbus, OH

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $225
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 48.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 7.50%

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    #43. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $236
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 44.30%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 8.50%

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    #42. Cleveland-Elyria, OH

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $259
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 21.30%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 6.40%

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    #41. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $260
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 40.70%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 6.50%

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    #40. Austin-Round Rock, TX

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $262
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 14.60%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 3.40%

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    #39. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $263
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 75.40%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 7.00%

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    #38. Pittsburgh, PA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $265
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 41.00%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 3.20%

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    #37. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $268
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 38.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 13.50%

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    #36. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $271
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 37.50%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 6.50%

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    #35. St. Louis, MO-IL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $273
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 39.70%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 4.80%

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    #34. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $281
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 16.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 6.20%

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    #33. Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $282
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 23.60%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 3.60%

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    #32. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $284
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 68.40%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 8.70%

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    #31. Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $292
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 35.70%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 9.80%

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    #30. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $294
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 50.50%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 5.20%

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    #29. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $294
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 26.60%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 5.50%

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    #28. Kansas City, MO-KS

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $296
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 40.50%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 2.60%

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    #27. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $306
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 48.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 4.60%

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    #26. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $307
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 44.70%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 9.70%

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    #25. Jacksonville, FL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $308
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 41.90%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 5.10%

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    #24. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $323
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 17.30%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 4.70%

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    #23. Newark, NJ-PA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $323
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 34.10%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 11.20%

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    #22. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $324
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 28.30%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 1.00%

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    #21. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $327
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 41.90%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 16.70%

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    #20. Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $327
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 30.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 20.60%

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    #19. Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $338
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 27.20%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 13.00%

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    #18. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $340
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 13.20%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 1.80%

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    #17. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $341
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 35.40%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 35.30%

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    #16. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $342
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 26.60%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 18.00%

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    #15. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $349
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 16.50%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 3.00%

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    #14. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $353
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 49.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 13.00%

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    #13. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $354
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 34.10%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 11.90%

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    #12. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $356
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 27.20%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 10.70%

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    #11. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $363
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 46.10%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 11.20%

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    #10. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $367
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 33.10%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 13.00%

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    #9. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $387
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 49.40%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 13.70%

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    #8. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $387
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 38.70%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 3.90%

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    #7. Boston, MA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $387
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 21.70%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 14.50%

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    #6. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $399
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 38.00%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 32.70%

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    #5. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $415
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 52.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 28.00%

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    #4. Philadelphia, PA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $449
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 47.60%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 4.60%

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    #3. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $463
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 22.40%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 14.30%

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    #2. Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $498
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 24.00%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 5.10%

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    #1. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

    Average 2015 HOA fee: $571
    Percent change in fee since 2005: 12.80%
    Percentage of homeowners who paid: 14.20%

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