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 San Francisco, California 282
2 Washington D.C. 270
3 New York City 268
4 Montclair, New Jersey 256
5 Boston, Massachusetts 227
6 Chicago, Illinois 222
7 Los Angeles, California 218
8 Miami, Florida 218
9 Honolulu, Hawaii 217
10 Seattle, Washington 215
11 Oakland, California 205
12 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 203
13 Denver, Colorado 195
14 Portland, Oregon 188
15 Santa Cruz, California 187
16 San Diego, California 187
17 Sacramento, California 187
18 New Orleans, Louisiana 186
19 Atlanta, Georgia 186
20 Houston, Texas 184
21 Austin, Texas 180
22 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 179
23 Dallas, Texas 179
24 Tempe, Arizona 177
25 Midland, Texas 177
26 Cleveland, Ohio 175
27 St. Louis, Missouri 172
28 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 172
29 Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 172
30 Charlotte, North Carolina 171
31 Richmond, Virginia 170
32 Cincinnati, Ohio 170
33 Phoenix, Arizona 168
34 Columbus, Ohio 164
35 Salt Lake City, Utah 163
36 Raleigh, North Carolina 161
37 Tampa, Florida 160
38 Jacksonville, Florida 159
39 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 158
40 Orlando, Florida 158
41 Laguna Niguel, California 157
42 San Antonio, California 154
43 Arlington, Texas 151
44 Omaha, Nebraska 150
45 Detroit, Michigan 148
46 Kansas City, Missouri 148
47 Indianapolis, Indiana 148
48 Rochester, New York 147
49 San Antonio, Texas 143
50 Provo, Utah 142
51 Albuquerque, New Mexico 140
52 Green Bay, Wisconsin 132
53 Cocoa Beach, Florida 129

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 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 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 Virginia Beach, Virginia Washington D.C.
Wichita, Kansas Youngstown, Ohio

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Recent Prices Added

  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex ...) in Los Angeles, California costs $42 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a chain store (zara, h&m, ...) in San Francisco, California costs $50 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Columbus, Ohio costs $35 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 16 oz beer in neighbourhood pub in Columbus, Ohio costs $4.23 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Columbus, Ohio costs $5.00 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Columbus, Ohio costs $12 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Dinner at an italian restaurant including wine and dessert, dinner for two in Columbus, Ohio costs $75 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Columbus, Ohio costs $24 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Columbus, Ohio costs $20 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Columbus, Ohio costs $15 (about 15 hours ago)