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 $4.53
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.60
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.44
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,043
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,578
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $177
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,584
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,130
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $121
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $334
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $119
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $47
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) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $115
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,351
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.77
Monthly ticket public transport $85
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) $111
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.12
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.47
Tube of toothpaste $1.85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $45
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 $79
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.87
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.87
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $424
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.34
1 month of gym membership in business district $54
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.

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 Nantucket 258
2nd Mountain View, California 252
3rd Babylon, New York 252
4th Palo Alto, California 251
5th San Francisco, California 243
6th Walnut Creek, California 238
7th New York City 237
8th Waterbury, Connecticut 234
9th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 225
10th Montclair, New Jersey 222
11th Berkeley, California 220
12th Washington D.C. 209
13th San Jose, California 208
14th Honolulu, Hawaii 204
15th Los Angeles, California 203
16th Oakland, California 201
17th Seattle, Washington 197
18th Boston, Massachusetts 195
19th Jersey City, New Jersey 195
20th Santa Ana, California 194
21st Boulder, Colorado 194
22nd Santa Cruz, California 193
23rd Cocoa Beach, Florida 192
24th Chicago, Illinois 189
25th Miami, Florida 186
26th Denver, Colorado 183
27th Irvine, California 181
28th San Diego, California 180
29th Sacramento, California 177
30th Portland, Oregon 177
31st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 176
32nd Eugene, Oregon 175
33rd Anchorage, Alaska 175
34th Asheville, North Carolina 173
35th Tacoma, Washington 172
36th Newark, New Jersey 171
37th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 171
38th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 170
39th Atlanta, Georgia 166
40th Pensacola, Florida 166
41st Palm Springs, California 165
42nd Burlington, Vermont 164
43rd Nashville, Tennessee 164
44th Bozeman, Montana 164
45th Hartford, Connecticut 164
46th Salt Lake City, Utah 163
47th Fort Worth, Texas 163
48th Charleston, South Carolina 162
49th Baltimore, Maryland 162
50th Riverside, California 160
51st Kodiak, Alaska 160
52nd Baton Rouge, Louisiana 160
53rd Providence, Rhode Island 159
54th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 159
55th Dallas, Texas 158
56th Long Beach, California 158
57th San Luis Obispo, California 157
58th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 157
59th Santa Fe, New Mexico 157
60th Vancouver, Washington 156
61st Scottsdale, Arizona 155
62nd New Orleans, Louisiana 155
63rd Charlotte, North Carolina 155
64th New Haven, Connecticut 155
65th Phoenix, Arizona 154
66th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 154
67th Austin, Texas 154
68th Virginia Beach, Virginia 153
69th Las Vegas, Nevada 152
70th Madison, Wisconsin 152
71st Reno, Nevada 151
72nd Fresno, California 151
73rd Colorado Springs, Colorado 151
74th Orlando, Florida 151
75th Raleigh, North Carolina 151
76th Savannah, Georgia 150
77th Ann Arbor, Michigan 150
78th Cleveland, Ohio 150
79th Tempe, Arizona 150
80th Grand Rapids 150
81st Shreveport, Louisiana 148
82nd Albany, New York 148
83rd Durham, North Carolina 148
84th Columbus, Ohio 147
85th Tampa, Florida 147
86th St. Louis, Missouri 146
87th Des Moines, Iowa 145
88th Houston, Texas 145
89th Little Rock, Arkansas 144
90th Kansas City, Missouri 144
91st Ithaca, New York 144
92nd Richmond, Virginia 143
93rd Cincinnati, Ohio 142
94th St. Petersburg, Florida 141
95th Buffalo, New York 141
96th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 140
97th Tulsa, Oklahoma 140
98th Provo, Utah 140
99th Charlottesville, Virginia 140
100th Allentown, Pennsylvania 140
101st Jackson, Mississippi 139
102nd Tallahassee, Florida 138
103rd Modesto, California 138
104th Bakersfield, California 138
105th San Antonio, Texas 138
106th Roanoke, Virginia 138
107th Wichita, Kansas 138
108th Indianapolis, Indiana 137
109th Fort Collins, Colorado 137
110th Louisville, Kentucky 135
111th Jacksonville, Florida 135
112th Augusta, Georgia 135
113th Erie, Pennsylvania 134
114th Omaha, Nebraska 134
115th Chattanooga, Tennessee 133
116th Gainesville, Florida 133
117th Florence, Alabama 133
118th Birmingham, Alabama 133
119th Mobile, Alabama 133
120th Lincoln, Nebraska 131
121st Flint, Michigan 131
122nd Knoxville, Tennessee 131
123rd Green Bay, Wisconsin 131
124th Memphis, Tennessee 131
125th Columbia, South Carolina 131
126th Spokane, Washington 130
127th Arlington, Texas 130
128th Tucson, Arizona 130
129th Rochester, New York 129
130th Detroit, Michigan 129
131st Boise, Idaho 129
132nd Huntsville, Alabama 127
133rd Greenville, South Carolina 127
134th Akron, Ohio 127
135th Albuquerque, New Mexico 126
136th Greensboro, North Carolina 125
137th Toledo, Ohio 124
138th El Paso, Texas 123
139th Fort Wayne, Indiana 123
140th Lexington, Kentucky 122
141st Cedar Rapids, Iowa 122
142nd McAllen, Texas 120
143rd Youngstown, Ohio 117
144th Springfield, Missouri 116

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 Diego, California San Francisco, California
San Jose, California San Luis Obispo, California Santa Ana, 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
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

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  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Provo, Utah costs $1.00 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 5 lb bag of potatoes in Provo, Utah costs $1.32 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Provo, Utah costs $3.20 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 lb of local cheese in Provo, Utah costs $4.41 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 2 lbs of tomatoes in Provo, Utah costs $3.31 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Provo, Utah costs $2.19 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of whole fat milk in Provo, Utah costs $0.79 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast in Provo, Utah costs $3.86 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Provo, Utah costs $7 (about 6 hours ago)