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 $4.62
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.23
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.99
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.63
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.07
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,029
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,570
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 $1,580
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,117
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $123
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $337
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $120
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $23
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) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $116
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,025
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.74
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) $18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $112
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.51
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.05
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.45
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 $44
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $166
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 $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.85
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.83
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.32
1 month of gym membership in business district $53
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 Waterbury, Connecticut 267
2nd Babylon, New York 256
3rd Mountain View, California 249
4th Palo Alto, California 249
5th San Francisco, California 244
6th Walnut Creek, California 240
7th New York City 236
8th Nantucket 234
9th Montclair, New Jersey 223
10th Washington D.C. 222
11th Berkeley, California 218
12th San Jose, California 208
13th Oakland, California 205
14th Honolulu, Hawaii 203
15th Seattle, Washington 202
16th Boston, Massachusetts 201
17th Santa Ana, California 200
18th Los Angeles, California 199
19th Jersey City, New Jersey 197
20th Boulder, Colorado 195
21st Santa Cruz, California 193
22nd Cocoa Beach, Florida 193
23rd Chicago, Illinois 192
24th Miami, Florida 187
25th San Diego, California 186
26th Irvine, California 183
27th Anchorage, Alaska 182
28th Newark, New Jersey 180
29th Portland, Oregon 180
30th Denver, Colorado 179
31st Sacramento, California 177
32nd Asheville, North Carolina 176
33rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 176
34th Pensacola, Florida 174
35th Tacoma, Washington 169
36th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 168
37th Bozeman, Montana 167
38th Nashville, Tennessee 166
39th Hartford, Connecticut 166
40th Burlington, Vermont 165
41st Baltimore, Maryland 164
42nd Fort Lauderdale, Florida 164
43rd Riverside, California 163
44th Charleston, South Carolina 162
45th Providence, Rhode Island 161
46th New Haven, Connecticut 161
47th San Luis Obispo, California 161
48th Salt Lake City, Utah 160
49th Atlanta, Georgia 160
50th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 159
51st New Orleans, Louisiana 159
52nd Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 159
53rd Baton Rouge, Louisiana 159
54th Dallas, Texas 159
55th Long Beach, California 158
56th Fort Worth, Texas 158
57th Orlando, Florida 158
58th Vancouver, Washington 157
59th Scottsdale, Arizona 157
60th Santa Fe, New Mexico 157
61st Las Vegas, Nevada 156
62nd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 154
63rd Austin, Texas 154
64th Phoenix, Arizona 153
65th Tempe, Arizona 153
66th Albany, New York 153
67th Raleigh, North Carolina 153
68th Ann Arbor, Michigan 153
69th Cleveland, Ohio 153
70th Madison, Wisconsin 153
71st Colorado Springs, Colorado 153
72nd Savannah, Georgia 152
73rd Virginia Beach, Virginia 151
74th Eugene, Oregon 151
75th Charlotte, North Carolina 151
76th Durham, North Carolina 150
77th Houston, Texas 150
78th Reno, Nevada 150
79th Grand Rapids 149
80th St. Louis, Missouri 149
81st Shreveport, Louisiana 148
82nd Cincinnati, Ohio 147
83rd Kansas City, Missouri 146
84th Fresno, California 146
85th Provo, Utah 146
86th Louisville, Kentucky 146
87th Richmond, Virginia 146
88th Little Rock, Arkansas 145
89th Ithaca, New York 145
90th Des Moines, Iowa 144
91st Kodiak, Alaska 144
92nd Buffalo, New York 143
93rd Tampa, Florida 142
94th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 142
95th Tallahassee, Florida 142
96th Columbus, Ohio 141
97th Jackson, Mississippi 141
98th Fort Collins, Colorado 141
99th Allentown, Pennsylvania 141
100th San Antonio, Texas 140
101st Bakersfield, California 140
102nd Modesto, California 139
103rd Indianapolis, Indiana 139
104th Tulsa, Oklahoma 139
105th Wichita, Kansas 138
106th Jacksonville, Florida 137
107th Erie, Pennsylvania 136
108th Augusta, Georgia 135
109th Omaha, Nebraska 135
110th Birmingham, Alabama 135
111th Lincoln, Nebraska 134
112th Chattanooga, Tennessee 133
113th Gainesville, Florida 133
114th Columbia, South Carolina 133
115th Flint, Michigan 133
116th Knoxville, Tennessee 133
117th Detroit, Michigan 133
118th Green Bay, Wisconsin 132
119th Spokane, Washington 132
120th Arlington, Texas 132
121st Memphis, Tennessee 132
122nd Tucson, Arizona 132
123rd Lawrence, Kansas 131
124th Springfield, Illinois 131
125th Rochester, New York 130
126th Huntsville, Alabama 130
127th Albuquerque, New Mexico 128
128th Akron, Ohio 128
129th Boise, Idaho 128
130th Greensboro, North Carolina 127
131st Toledo, Ohio 127
132nd Greenville, South Carolina 126
133rd Lynchburg, Virginia 125
134th Fort Wayne, Indiana 124
135th El Paso, Texas 124
136th Lexington, Kentucky 123
137th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 123
138th McAllen, Texas 121
139th Mobile, Alabama 119
140th Springfield, Missouri 117
141st Youngstown, Ohio 116
142nd Cedar Falls, Iowa 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.

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
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 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

Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dallas, Texas costs $50 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Tallahassee, Florida costs $38 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dallas, Texas costs $90 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Greenville, South Carolina costs $6.00 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Greenville, South Carolina costs $13 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Washington D.C. costs $26 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Washington D.C. costs $1.03 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Washington D.C. costs $6.00 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Washington D.C. costs $25 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in San Francisco, California costs $2,541 (about 23 hours ago)