Cost of living in United States

Map of Cost of Living in United States

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This map shows only the top cities in United States. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of the markers corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
The size of the markers correspond with the population of each city.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of the city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each cities' Cost of Living Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Recent Comparisons

Cost of Living Ranking in United States (for cities with available data)

Ranking City Price Index
1 New York City 262
2 Washington D.C. 255
3 San Francisco, California 254
4 Chicago, Illinois 221
5 Honolulu, Hawaii 212
6 Boston, Massachusetts 211
7 Los Angeles, California 208
8 San Jose, California 205
9 Seattle, Washington 205
10 Miami, Florida 203
11 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 200
12 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 199
13 Oakland, California 194
14 San Diego, California 185
15 Dallas, Texas 183
16 Santa Cruz, California 183
17 Sacramento, California 181
18 Atlanta, Georgia 179
19 Portland, Oregon 179
20 Baltimore, Maryland 178
21 Denver, Colorado 176
22 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 174
23 Houston, Texas 173
24 Tampa, Florida 170
25 Cleveland, Ohio 169
26 Tempe, Arizona 168
27 Austin, Texas 167
28 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 165
29 Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 163
30 Cincinnati, Ohio 161
31 Jacksonville, Florida 161
32 Orlando, Florida 161
33 Charlotte, North Carolina 161
34 Las Vegas, Nevada 161
35 Salt Lake City, Utah 160
36 Phoenix, Arizona 160
37 Columbus, Ohio 159
38 Raleigh, North Carolina 157
39 Laguna Niguel, California 156
40 Omaha, Nebraska 152
41 Midland, Texas 152
42 Greenville, South Carolina 150
43 San Antonio, California 150
44 Tucson, Arizona 150
45 Kansas City, Missouri 149
46 Detroit, Michigan 148
47 Rochester, New York 144
48 Arlington, Texas 144
49 San Antonio, Texas 142
50 Indianapolis, Indiana 142
51 Albuquerque, New Mexico 142
52 Green Bay, Wisconsin 129
53 Cocoa Beach, Florida 128

List of all cities available in United States

Akron, Ohio Albany, New York Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amarillo, Texas Anchorage, Alaska Arlington, Texas
Athens, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Austin, Texas
Babylon, New York Bakersfield, California Baltimore, Maryland
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Birmingham, Alabama Bismarck, North Dakota
Boise, Idaho Boston, Massachusetts Boulder, Colorado
Bozeman, Montana Buffalo, New York Butte, Montana
Cedar Falls, Iowa Cedar Rapids, Iowa Charleston, South Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina Chattanooga, Tennessee Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Cocoa Beach, Florida
Colorado Springs, Colorado Columbus, Ohio Corpus Christi, Texas
Dallas, Texas Denver, Colorado Des Moines, Iowa
Detroit, Michigan Durham, North Carolina El Paso, Texas
Erie, Pennsylvania Fargo Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Worth, Texas
Fresno, California Gainesville, Florida Green Bay, Wisconsin
Greensboro, North Carolina Greenville, South Carolina Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Hartford, Connecticut Honolulu, Hawaii Houston, Texas
Huntsville, Alabama Indianapolis, Indiana Ithaca, New York
Jackson, Mississippi Jacksonville, Florida Jersey City, New Jersey
Kansas City, Missouri Knoxville, Tennessee Lafayette, Louisiana
Laguna Niguel, California Las Vegas, Nevada Lexington, Kentucky
Lincoln, Nebraska Little Rock, Arkansas Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky Lubbock, Texas Madison, Wisconsin
McAllen, Texas Memphis, Tennessee Miami, Florida
Midland, Texas Milwaukee, Wisconsin Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota
Modesto, California Montclair, New Jersey Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Mountain View, California Nashville, Tennessee New Orleans, Louisiana
New York City Niagara Falls, New York Oakland, California
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Omaha, Nebraska Orlando, Florida
Palo Alto, California Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Portland, Oregon Providence, Rhode Island
Provo, Utah Raleigh, North Carolina Reno, Nevada
Richmond, Virginia Riverside, California Roanoke, Virginia
Rochester, New York Sacramento, California Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio, California San Antonio, Texas San Diego, California
San Francisco, California San Jose, California San Luis Obispo, California
Santa Ana, California Santa Cruz, California Santa Fe, New Mexico
Savannah, Georgia Scottsdale, Arizona Seattle, Washington
Shreveport, Louisiana St. Louis, Missouri Staunton, Virginia
Stockton, California Tampa, Florida Tempe, Arizona
Toledo, Ohio Tucson, Arizona Tulsa, Oklahoma
Vancouver, Washington Virginia Beach, Virginia Washington D.C.
Wichita, Kansas Youngstown, Ohio

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Recent Prices Added

  • 16 oz beer in neighbourhood pub in Washington D.C. costs $6 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Washington D.C. costs $4.00 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Washington D.C. costs $20 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Washington D.C. costs $40 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Washington D.C. costs $25 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Leather business shoes in Washington D.C. costs $150 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or similar) in Washington D.C. costs $100 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 100 oz. in Washington D.C. costs $12 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Washington D.C. costs $400 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Internet 8mb, 1 month in Washington D.C. costs $70 (about 17 hours ago)