Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,223
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,066
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 91% of countries in the World (9 out of 89)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.00
12 eggs, large $3.42
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.45
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.02
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $2.29
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.51
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,572
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,972
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $199
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,776
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,351
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $134
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $56
40” flat screen tv $289
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $131
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $13
Hourly rate for cleaning help $27
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $46
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $93
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $119
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $25,206
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.14
Monthly ticket public transport $80
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $19
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $130
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.27
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.56
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.17
Tube of toothpaste $2.07
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $50
2 tickets to the movies $27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $195
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $85
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $497
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.18
1 month of gym membership in business district $52
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $9

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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:
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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 New York City 257
2nd San Francisco, California 246
3rd Maui 229
4th Miami, Florida 227
5th Los Angeles, California 221
6th Jersey City, New Jersey 218
7th Boston, Massachusetts 218
8th Oakland, California 218
9th Washington D.C. 215
10th Berkeley, California 212
11th Seattle, Washington 205
12th San Diego, California 202
13th San Jose, California 198
14th Honolulu, Hawaii 197
15th Dallas, Texas 196
16th Sacramento, California 195
17th Portland, Oregon 195
18th Denver, Colorado 190
19th Chicago, Illinois 188
20th Irvine, California 188
21st Tacoma, Washington 183
22nd Phoenix, Arizona 182
23rd Boulder, Colorado 182
24th Walnut Creek, California 181
25th Cocoa Beach, Florida 181
26th Anchorage, Alaska 173
27th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 172
28th Newark, New Jersey 171
29th Austin, Texas 170
30th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 169
31st Atlanta, Georgia 168
32nd Long Beach, California 168
33rd St. Petersburg, Florida 168
34th Spokane, Washington 167
35th Baltimore, Maryland 166
36th Salt Lake City, Utah 165
37th Charlotte, North Carolina 163
38th Orlando, Florida 161
39th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 161
40th Colorado Springs, Colorado 160
41st Nashville, Tennessee 159
42nd Fort Worth, Texas 158
43rd Green Bay, Wisconsin 158
44th St. Louis, Missouri 156
45th Providence, Rhode Island 155
46th Charleston, South Carolina 155
47th Indianapolis, Indiana 155
48th New Orleans, Louisiana 154
49th Burlington, Vermont 153
50th Cleveland, Ohio 152
51st Santa Fe, New Mexico 152
52nd Kansas City, Missouri 152
53rd Cincinnati, Ohio 151
54th Raleigh, North Carolina 151
55th Madison, Wisconsin 150
56th Riverside, California 150
57th Jacksonville, Florida 149
58th Houston, Texas 149
59th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 148
60th Tucson, Arizona 145
61st Asheville, North Carolina 144
62nd Buffalo, New York 143
63rd Boise, Idaho 143
64th Tallahassee, Florida 143
65th Rochester, New York 143
66th Columbus, Ohio 143
67th Des Moines, Iowa 142
68th Amarillo, Texas 142
69th Modesto, California 139
70th San Antonio, Texas 135
71st Louisville, Kentucky 135
72nd Pensacola, Florida 133
73rd Albuquerque, New Mexico 132
74th Omaha, Nebraska 132
75th Tulsa, Oklahoma 132
76th Memphis, Tennessee 126
77th Youngstown, Ohio 122
78th Provo, Utah 121
79th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 117
80th Lawrence, Kansas 117
81st San Antonio, California 115

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 Rockford, Illinois 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

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Colorado Springs, Colorado costs $1,220 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in normal area in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $1,816 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 900 sqft in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $244 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 900 sqft in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $2,541 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $2,745 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $17 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $23 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $6.00 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Portland, Oregon costs $100 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Portland, Oregon costs $5.00 (about 20 hours ago)

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