Cost of living in Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.79
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.94
12 eggs, large $2.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.74
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.47
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $11
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.19
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.36
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,456
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $911
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $214
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $904
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $627
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $131
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $46
40” flat screen TV $376
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $111
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $17
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $44
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $40
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $80
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $100
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,776
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.59
Monthly ticket public transport $41
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $13
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.26
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $17
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $102
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.46
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.61
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.99
Tube of toothpaste $1.54
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $42
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $173
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $78
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.92
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $432
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district $47
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $5.54
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 31 different people.
Latest price update: August 20, 2018.

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