Cost of living in United States

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 the markers corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
The size of the markers correspond with the population of each city.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of the city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each cities' Cost of Living 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
1 New York City 276
2 San Francisco, California 269
3 Washington D.C. 263
4 Chicago, Illinois 221
5 Boston, Massachusetts 220
6 Honolulu, Hawaii 220
7 Oakland, California 219
8 Los Angeles, California 218
9 San Jose, California 217
10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 208
11 Seattle, Washington 205
12 Miami, Florida 205
13 Anchorage, Alaska 197
14 San Diego, California 193
15 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 192
16 Baltimore, Maryland 186
17 Sacramento, California 185
18 Denver, Colorado 185
19 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 185
20 Portland, Oregon 185
21 Hartford, Connecticut 185
22 New Orleans, Louisiana 184
23 Dallas, Texas 182
24 Orlando, Florida 181
25 Austin, Texas 180
26 Atlanta, Georgia 180
27 Nashville, Tennessee 175
28 Albany, New York 173
29 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 172
30 Durham, North Carolina 171
31 Laguna Niguel, California 171
32 Columbus, Ohio 169
33 Madison, Wisconsin 169
34 Cleveland, Ohio 169
35 Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 168
36 Charlotte, North Carolina 168
37 Detroit, Michigan 167
38 St. Louis, Missouri 163
39 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 162
40 Las Vegas, Nevada 162
41 Houston, Texas 161
42 Reno, Nevada 161
43 Tampa, Florida 161
44 Jacksonville, Florida 161
45 Salt Lake City, Utah 161
46 Cincinnati, Ohio 160
47 Phoenix, Arizona 160
48 Raleigh, North Carolina 160
49 Rochester, New York 158
50 Greenville, South Carolina 155
51 Omaha, Nebraska 153
52 Indianapolis, Indiana 152
53 Tulsa, Oklahoma 151
54 Birmingham, Alabama 151
55 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 151
56 Kansas City, Missouri 150
57 Knoxville, Tennessee 145
58 Albuquerque, New Mexico 144
59 Louisville, Kentucky 142
60 San Antonio, Texas 142
61 Tucson, Arizona 141

List of all cities available in United States

Akron, Ohio Albany, New York Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amarillo, Texas Anchorage, Alaska Arlington, Texas
Athens, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Austin, Texas
Babylon, New York Bakersfield, California Baltimore, Maryland
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Billings, Montana Birmingham, Alabama
Bismarck, North Dakota Boise, Idaho Boston, Massachusetts
Boulder, Colorado Bozeman, Montana Buffalo, New York
Butte, Montana Cedar Falls, Iowa Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Charleston, South Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chicago, Illinois Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio
Cocoa Beach, Florida Colorado Springs, Colorado Columbus, Ohio
Corpus Christi, Texas Dallas, Texas Denver, Colorado
Des Moines, Iowa Detroit, Michigan Durham, North Carolina
El Paso, Texas Erie, Pennsylvania Fargo
Fort Collins, Colorado Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Worth, Texas Fresno, California Gainesville, Florida
Green Bay, Wisconsin Greensboro, North Carolina Greenville, South Carolina
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Hartford, Connecticut Honolulu, Hawaii
Houston, Texas Huntsville, Alabama Indianapolis, Indiana
Ithaca, New York Jackson, Mississippi Jacksonville, Florida
Jersey City, New Jersey Kansas City, Missouri Knoxville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Louisiana Laguna Niguel, California Las Vegas, Nevada
Lexington, Kentucky Lincoln, Nebraska Little Rock, Arkansas
Los Angeles, California Louisville, Kentucky Lubbock, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin McAllen, Texas Memphis, Tennessee
Miami, Florida Midland, Texas Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota Modesto, California Montclair, New Jersey
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Mountain View, California Naknek, Alaska
Nashville, Tennessee New Orleans, Louisiana New York City
Niagara Falls, New York Oakland, California Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Omaha, Nebraska Orlando, Florida Palo Alto, California
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
St. Louis, Missouri Staunton, Virginia Stockton, California
Tampa, Florida Tempe, Arizona Toledo, Ohio
Tucson, Arizona Tulsa, Oklahoma Vancouver, Washington
Virginia Beach, Virginia Walnut Creek, California Washington D.C.
Wichita, Kansas Youngstown, Ohio

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