Cost of living in Albany, New York, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.69
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.92
12 eggs, large $3.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.83
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.55
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.07
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.77
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.24
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,364
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,014
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $121
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $876
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $651
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $137
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $44
40” flat screen TV $341
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $133
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $30
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $42
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $39
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $82
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $74
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,529
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.61
Monthly ticket public transport $62
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $21
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $6.00
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $140
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.79
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.09
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.63
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.85
Tube of toothpaste $1.83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $18
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $158
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $82
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.72
iPod nano 16GB $224
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.20
1 month of gym membership in business district $49
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $10
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 255 prices entered by 33 different people.
Latest price update: June 23, 2017.

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