Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,577
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,625
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 81% of countries in the World (17 out of 83)
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Food
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 $4.31
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.88
12 eggs, large $2.96
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.91
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.25
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.65
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.22
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of coca-cola $1.95
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.94
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,253
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,577
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 $1,579
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,129
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $108
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $47
40” flat screen tv $292
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $114
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $48
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $45
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $111
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,172
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.72
Monthly ticket public transport $80
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $19
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $110
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.56
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.12
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.64
Tube of toothpaste $1.84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $22
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $45
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $221
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $77
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.92
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.86
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $391
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.27
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 250
2nd Mountain View, California 248
3rd Nantucket 246
4th New York City 245
5th San Francisco, California 233
6th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 231
7th Walnut Creek, California 225
8th Jersey City, New Jersey 220
9th Beaverton, Oregon 218
10th Berkeley, California 215
11th Montclair, New Jersey 215
12th Washington D.C. 211
13th Oakland, California 208
14th San Bernardino, California 206
15th Boston, Massachusetts 201
16th Los Angeles, California 197
17th Honolulu, Hawaii 193
18th Chicago, Illinois 192
19th Seattle, Washington 191
20th Maui 187
21st Irvine, California 187
22nd San Jose, California 187
23rd Miami, Florida 186
24th Santa Barbara, California 185
25th Cocoa Beach, Florida 185
26th Long Beach, California 184
27th Denver, Colorado 182
28th Stamford, Connecticut 180
29th San Diego, California 179
30th Boulder, Colorado 178
31st Portland, Oregon 177
32nd Sacramento, California 176
33rd Laguna Niguel, California 175
34th Anchorage, Alaska 174
35th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 169
36th Newark, New Jersey 166
37th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 160
38th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 160
39th Austin, Texas 159
40th Salt Lake City, Utah 158
41st Orlando, Florida 158
42nd Charlotte, North Carolina 157
43rd Fort Worth, Texas 156
44th Atlanta, Georgia 156
45th Burlington, Vermont 155
46th Baltimore, Maryland 153
47th Charleston, South Carolina 153
48th Tampa, Florida 152
49th Providence, Rhode Island 152
50th Santa Fe, New Mexico 151
51st Kodiak, Alaska 151
52nd Phoenix, Arizona 151
53rd Dallas, Texas 151
54th Pensacola, Florida 150
55th Las Vegas, Nevada 150
56th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 149
57th Vancouver, Washington 148
58th Savannah, Georgia 147
59th Nashville, Tennessee 147
60th Riverside, California 146
61st Colorado Springs, Colorado 145
62nd Cleveland, Ohio 145
63rd New Orleans, Louisiana 145
64th Ithaca, New York 145
65th Provo, Utah 145
66th St. Louis, Missouri 143
67th Raleigh, North Carolina 143
68th Shreveport, Louisiana 142
69th Houston, Texas 142
70th Detroit, Michigan 140
71st Indianapolis, Indiana 140
72nd Fargo 140
73rd Spokane, Washington 140
74th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 138
75th Kansas City, Missouri 138
76th Charlottesville, Virginia 138
77th Asheville, North Carolina 136
78th Modesto, California 136
79th San Antonio, Texas 136
80th Tallahassee, Florida 135
81st Jacksonville, Florida 135
82nd Tucson, Arizona 134
83rd Boise, Idaho 133
84th Omaha, Nebraska 133
85th Louisville, Kentucky 133
86th Green Bay, Wisconsin 133
87th Rochester, New York 133
88th Corpus Christi, Texas 132
89th Lawrence, Kansas 132
90th Cincinnati, Ohio 131
91st Erie, Pennsylvania 130
92nd Roanoke, Virginia 130
93rd Lincoln, Nebraska 126
94th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 126
95th Albuquerque, New Mexico 125
96th Lubbock, Texas 123
97th Huntsville, Alabama 122
98th Memphis, Tennessee 122
99th Florence, Alabama 120
100th Greensboro, North Carolina 120
101st Cedar Rapids, Iowa 117
102nd San Antonio, California 116
103rd Youngstown, Ohio 114
104th Springfield, Missouri 113

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.

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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 Centro, California 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

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 900 sqft in New York City costs $3,050 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in New York City costs $5,083 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in New York City costs $15 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in New York City costs $9 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in New York City costs $18 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Chicago, Illinois costs $1,525 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in normal area in Sacramento, California costs $1,413 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in expensive area in Sacramento, California costs $1,816 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 900 sqft in Sacramento, California costs $1,830 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Sacramento, California costs $2,338 (1 day ago)