Cost of living in United States

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.36
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.88
12 eggs, large $3.11
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.69
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.36
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,118
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,592
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $176
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,538
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,100
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $125
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $307
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $125
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $21
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $47
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $43
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $113
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,493
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.77
Monthly ticket public transport $82
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $17
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $109
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.39
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.99
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.54
Tube of toothpaste $1.83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $46
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $198
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $76
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.85
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.84
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $426
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district $52
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $8

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:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in United States

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Babylon, New York 265
2nd Mountain View, California 262
3rd Palo Alto, California 262
4th Nantucket 261
5th New York City 254
6th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 246
7th Walnut Creek, California 244
8th San Francisco, California 241
9th Waterbury, Connecticut 236
10th Beaverton, Oregon 233
11th Montclair, New Jersey 228
12th San Bernardino, California 224
13th Berkeley, California 223
14th Oakland, California 217
15th Honolulu, Hawaii 213
16th Boston, Massachusetts 212
17th San Jose, California 212
18th Washington D.C. 209
19th Los Angeles, California 203
20th Jersey City, New Jersey 201
21st Seattle, Washington 201
22nd Santa Cruz, California 199
23rd Denver, Colorado 195
24th Irvine, California 195
25th Maui 194
26th Palm Springs, California 192
27th Boulder, Colorado 191
28th Miami, Florida 191
29th Chicago, Illinois 189
30th Cocoa Beach, Florida 188
31st Sacramento, California 188
32nd San Diego, California 186
33rd Portland, Oregon 185
34th Santa Ana, California 184
35th Long Beach, California 181
36th Eugene, Oregon 179
37th Anchorage, Alaska 178
38th Newark, New Jersey 177
39th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 176
40th West Lafayette, Indiana 175
41st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 175
42nd Tacoma, Washington 174
43rd Atlanta, Georgia 173
44th Bozeman, Montana 169
45th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 168
46th Asheville, North Carolina 168
47th San Luis Obispo, California 167
48th Providence, Rhode Island 165
49th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 165
50th Hartford, Connecticut 165
51st Dallas, Texas 165
52nd Baton Rouge, Louisiana 165
53rd Charleston, South Carolina 164
54th Fort Worth, Texas 164
55th Burlington, Vermont 163
56th Charlotte, North Carolina 161
57th Scottsdale, Arizona 161
58th Baltimore, Maryland 161
59th Santa Fe, New Mexico 160
60th Salt Lake City, Utah 160
61st Kodiak, Alaska 159
62nd Phoenix, Arizona 159
63rd Nashville, Tennessee 159
64th Savannah, Georgia 158
65th New Orleans, Louisiana 158
66th Ann Arbor, Michigan 158
67th Pensacola, Florida 158
68th Austin, Texas 157
69th Vancouver, Washington 157
70th St. Petersburg, Florida 157
71st Tampa, Florida 156
72nd Colorado Springs, Colorado 155
73rd Tempe, Arizona 155
74th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 155
75th Cleveland, Ohio 155
76th Reno, Nevada 155
77th Riverside, California 155
78th Orlando, Florida 154
79th Fresno, California 153
80th Raleigh, North Carolina 153
81st Columbus, Ohio 153
82nd Virginia Beach, Virginia 152
83rd Albany, New York 152
84th Ithaca, New York 152
85th Las Vegas, Nevada 151
86th Grand Rapids 151
87th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 151
88th Shreveport, Louisiana 150
89th Madison, Wisconsin 150
90th St. Louis, Missouri 150
91st Provo, Utah 149
92nd Durham, North Carolina 149
93rd Spokane, Washington 149
94th Houston, Texas 149
95th Fargo 148
96th Des Moines, Iowa 147
97th Richmond, Virginia 147
98th Buffalo, New York 146
99th Little Rock, Arkansas 146
100th Kansas City, Missouri 145
101st Charlottesville, Virginia 144
102nd Tulsa, Oklahoma 143
103rd Jackson, Mississippi 143
104th Jacksonville, Florida 143
105th Bakersfield, California 142
106th Louisville, Kentucky 141
107th Fort Collins, Colorado 141
108th Boise, Idaho 141
109th Tallahassee, Florida 140
110th San Antonio, Texas 140
111th Modesto, California 140
112th Omaha, Nebraska 140
113th Cincinnati, Ohio 140
114th Roanoke, Virginia 139
115th Greenville, South Carolina 139
116th Knoxville, Tennessee 139
117th Lawrence, Kansas 139
118th Indianapolis, Indiana 139
119th Chattanooga, Tennessee 139
120th Rochester, New York 138
121st Tucson, Arizona 137
122nd Green Bay, Wisconsin 137
123rd Erie, Pennsylvania 137
124th Columbia, South Carolina 137
125th Detroit, Michigan 135
126th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 135
127th Wichita, Kansas 134
128th Flint, Michigan 134
129th Lincoln, Nebraska 133
130th Arlington, Texas 133
131st Akron, Ohio 133
132nd Albuquerque, New Mexico 133
133rd Gainesville, Florida 132
134th Birmingham, Alabama 132
135th Memphis, Tennessee 131
136th Lynchburg, Virginia 131
137th Mobile, Alabama 130
138th Huntsville, Alabama 130
139th Toledo, Ohio 129
140th Greensboro, North Carolina 128
141st Florence, Alabama 128
142nd Lexington, Kentucky 128
143rd Cedar Rapids, Iowa 125
144th El Paso, Texas 124
145th Fort Wayne, Indiana 124
146th San Antonio, California 123
147th McAllen, Texas 123
148th Springfield, Missouri 119
149th Youngstown, Ohio 119

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price 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.

Are you moving to United States? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in USA of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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List of all cities available in United States

Akron, Ohio Albany, New York Albuquerque, New Mexico
Allentown, Pennsylvania Amarillo, Texas Anchorage, Alaska
Ann Arbor, Michigan Arcata, California Arlington, Texas
Asheville, North Carolina Athens, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia Austin, Texas Babylon, New York
Bakersfield, California Baltimore, Maryland Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Beaverton, Oregon Berkeley, California Billings, Montana
Birmingham, Alabama Bismarck, North Dakota Boise, Idaho
Boston, Massachusetts Boulder, Colorado Bozeman, Montana
Bridgeport, Connecticut Buffalo, New York Burlington, Massachusetts
Burlington, Vermont Butte, Montana Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Charleston, South Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlottesville, Virginia Chattanooga, Tennessee Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Cocoa Beach, Florida
Colorado Springs, Colorado Columbia, South Carolina Columbus, Ohio
Corpus Christi, Texas Dallas, Texas Denver, Colorado
Des Moines, Iowa Detroit, Michigan Durango, Colorado
Durham, North Carolina El Paso, Texas Erie, Pennsylvania
Eugene, Oregon Fargo Flint, Michigan
Florence, Alabama Fort Collins, Colorado Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Worth, Texas Fresno, California
Gainesville, Florida Grand Rapids Green Bay, Wisconsin
Greensboro, North Carolina Greenville, South Carolina Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Hartford, Connecticut Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Honolulu, Hawaii
Houston, Texas Huntsville, Alabama Indianapolis, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa Irvine, California Ithaca, New York
Jackson, Mississippi Jacksonville, Florida Jersey City, New Jersey
Kansas City, Missouri Knoxville, Tennessee Kodiak, Alaska
Lafayette, Louisiana Laguna Niguel, California Las Vegas, Nevada
Lawrence, Kansas Lexington, Kentucky Lincoln, Nebraska
Little Rock, Arkansas Long Beach, California Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky Lubbock, Texas Lynchburg, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin Maui McAllen, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee Miami, Florida Midland, Texas
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota Moab, Utah
Mobile, Alabama Modesto, California Montclair, New Jersey
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Mountain View, California Naknek, Alaska
Nantucket Nashville, Tennessee New Haven, Connecticut
New Orleans, Louisiana New York City Newark, New Jersey
Niagara Falls, New York Oakland, California Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Omaha, Nebraska Orlando, Florida Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Springs, California Palo Alto, California Pensacola, Florida
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Phoenix, Arizona Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Portland, Oregon Providence, Rhode Island Provo, Utah
Raleigh, North Carolina Reno, Nevada Richmond, Virginia
Riverside, California Roanoke, Virginia Rochester, New York
Sacramento, California Salt Lake City, Utah San Antonio, California
San Antonio, Texas San Bernardino, California San Diego, California
San Francisco, California San Jose, California San Luis Obispo, California
Santa Ana, California Santa Barbara, California Santa Cruz, California
Santa Fe, New Mexico Savannah, Georgia Scottsdale, Arizona
Seattle, Washington Shreveport, Louisiana Spokane, Washington
Springfield, Illinois Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri St. Petersburg, Florida Stamford, Connecticut
Staunton, Virginia Stockton, California Tacoma, Washington
Tallahassee, Florida Tampa, Florida Tempe, Arizona
Toledo, Ohio Traverse City, Michigan Tucson, Arizona
Tulsa, Oklahoma Tyler, Texas Vancouver, Washington
Virginia Beach, Virginia Walnut Creek, California Washington D.C.
Waterbury, Connecticut West Lafayette, Indiana Wichita, Kansas
Wilmington, Delaware Youngstown, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio

Prices recently added

  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Denver, Colorado costs $45 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Denver, Colorado costs $15 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Denver, Colorado costs $3.30 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 3 oz deodorant, roll-on in Denver, Colorado costs $1.01 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Denver, Colorado costs $0.66 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Denver, Colorado costs $1.00 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Denver, Colorado costs $2.00 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of whole fat milk in Denver, Colorado costs $0.53 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast in Denver, Colorado costs $2.20 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Denver, Colorado costs $17 (about 23 hours ago)