Cost of living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.80
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.79
12 eggs, large $2.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.77
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.09
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.63
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.77
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.10
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,234
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $851
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $251
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $993
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $549
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $158
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen TV $435
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $185
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $12
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $43
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) $78
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $75
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,321
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.63
Monthly ticket public transport $32
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $4.91
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $13
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $78
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.49
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.72
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.99
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.35
Tube of toothpaste $2.69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $37
2 tickets to the movies $20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $61
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $61
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $5.98
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $3.82
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $3.78
iPod nano 16GB $127
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $48
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 198 prices entered by 17 different people.
Latest price update: April 23, 2017.

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