Cost of living in Washington D.C., United States

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.92
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.01
12 eggs, large $3.39
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.63
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes $4.68
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.23
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.81
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $3.04
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,973
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $170
Internet 8MB (1 month) $51
40” flat screen TV $381
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt $189
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $13
Hourly rate for cleaning help $38
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $43
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) $38
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) $77
1 pair of leather business shoes $91
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new $17,983
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.86
Monthly ticket public transport $210
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) $21
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) $8
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.63
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.66
Tube of toothpaste $2.24
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $23
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $48
2 tickets to the movies $24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $202
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert $89
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.54
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.77
iPod nano 16GB $136
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.18
1 month of gym membership in business district $82
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,787 prices entered by 654 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2015.

DC position in our World Ranking

the world
5th
out of 188
n. america
2nd
out of 44
usa
2nd
out of 35

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