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 $4.57
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.36
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.61
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.23
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 $2,036
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,562
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 $1,572
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,116
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 $335
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) $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 $22,277
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.76
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) $114
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.) $5.07
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.43
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) $172
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 $4.84
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.84
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 263
2nd Nantucket 257
3rd Babylon, New York 253
4th Mountain View, California 246
5th Palo Alto, California 245
6th San Francisco, California 242
7th Walnut Creek, California 237
8th New York City 236
9th Montclair, New Jersey 221
10th Berkeley, California 220
11th Washington D.C. 214
12th Los Angeles, California 202
13th Oakland, California 202
14th San Jose, California 200
15th Jersey City, New Jersey 200
16th Seattle, Washington 198
17th Honolulu, Hawaii 197
18th Boston, Massachusetts 197
19th Santa Ana, California 194
20th Boulder, Colorado 193
21st Cocoa Beach, Florida 192
22nd Santa Cruz, California 189
23rd Chicago, Illinois 189
24th Miami, Florida 186
25th San Diego, California 182
26th Denver, Colorado 181
27th Irvine, California 181
28th Portland, Oregon 177
29th Sacramento, California 176
30th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 175
31st Anchorage, Alaska 174
32nd Eugene, Oregon 174
33rd Asheville, North Carolina 173
34th Newark, New Jersey 171
35th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 169
36th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 169
37th Tacoma, Washington 169
38th Palm Springs, California 167
39th Pensacola, Florida 165
40th Burlington, Vermont 165
41st Bozeman, Montana 164
42nd Nashville, Tennessee 163
43rd Hartford, Connecticut 163
44th Baltimore, Maryland 162
45th New Haven, Connecticut 162
46th Fort Worth, Texas 161
47th Atlanta, Georgia 161
48th Charleston, South Carolina 161
49th Kodiak, Alaska 161
50th Salt Lake City, Utah 161
51st Riverside, California 160
52nd Long Beach, California 160
53rd Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 159
54th Providence, Rhode Island 158
55th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 158
56th Dallas, Texas 158
57th San Luis Obispo, California 158
58th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 158
59th Santa Fe, New Mexico 157
60th Vancouver, Washington 156
61st Scottsdale, Arizona 155
62nd New Orleans, Louisiana 154
63rd Madison, Wisconsin 154
64th Orlando, Florida 153
65th Phoenix, Arizona 153
66th Las Vegas, Nevada 153
67th Austin, Texas 153
68th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 152
69th Virginia Beach, Virginia 152
70th Fresno, California 152
71st Albany, New York 152
72nd Reno, Nevada 152
73rd Charlotte, North Carolina 152
74th Cleveland, Ohio 151
75th Colorado Springs, Colorado 151
76th Ann Arbor, Michigan 150
77th Savannah, Georgia 150
78th Raleigh, North Carolina 149
79th Tempe, Arizona 149
80th Houston, Texas 149
81st Grand Rapids 149
82nd Durham, North Carolina 148
83rd Shreveport, Louisiana 147
84th Kansas City, Missouri 145
85th St. Louis, Missouri 145
86th Columbus, Ohio 145
87th Richmond, Virginia 144
88th Ithaca, New York 144
89th Little Rock, Arkansas 144
90th Tampa, Florida 143
91st Cincinnati, Ohio 143
92nd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 143
93rd Des Moines, Iowa 142
94th Provo, Utah 142
95th Charlottesville, Virginia 142
96th Buffalo, New York 142
97th Tallahassee, Florida 140
98th Allentown, Pennsylvania 140
99th Jackson, Mississippi 139
100th Fort Collins, Colorado 139
101st Modesto, California 139
102nd San Antonio, Texas 138
103rd Louisville, Kentucky 138
104th Roanoke, Virginia 138
105th Indianapolis, Indiana 137
106th Bakersfield, California 137
107th Tulsa, Oklahoma 137
108th Wichita, Kansas 136
109th Jacksonville, Florida 135
110th Erie, Pennsylvania 134
111th Augusta, Georgia 134
112th Birmingham, Alabama 133
113th Gainesville, Florida 133
114th Omaha, Nebraska 133
115th Lincoln, Nebraska 132
116th Knoxville, Tennessee 131
117th Chattanooga, Tennessee 131
118th Green Bay, Wisconsin 131
119th Detroit, Michigan 131
120th Flint, Michigan 131
121st Spokane, Washington 131
122nd Columbia, South Carolina 131
123rd Memphis, Tennessee 131
124th Arlington, Texas 130
125th Tucson, Arizona 130
126th Lawrence, Kansas 130
127th Springfield, Illinois 130
128th Huntsville, Alabama 128
129th Rochester, New York 128
130th Albuquerque, New Mexico 127
131st Greenville, South Carolina 127
132nd Boise, Idaho 127
133rd Akron, Ohio 126
134th Greensboro, North Carolina 125
135th Toledo, Ohio 124
136th El Paso, Texas 123
137th Fort Wayne, Indiana 122
138th Lexington, Kentucky 122
139th Lynchburg, Virginia 122
140th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 122
141st McAllen, Texas 120
142nd Mobile, Alabama 118
143rd Springfield, Missouri 115
144th Youngstown, Ohio 115
145th Cedar Falls, Iowa 112

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.

Get your own salary calculation

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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