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) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.61
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.91
12 eggs, large $3.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.39
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.65
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.94
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,027
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,557
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $174
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,570
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,107
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 $346
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $122
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 $118
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,034
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.72
Monthly ticket public transport $87
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) $111
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.54
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.06
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.38
Tube of toothpaste $1.84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $167
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 $4.79
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.69
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.28
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 Babylon, New York 249
2nd Palo Alto, California 241
3rd San Francisco, California 239
4th Walnut Creek, California 235
5th New York City 233
6th Mountain View, California 226
7th Berkeley, California 222
8th Washington D.C. 219
9th Oakland, California 211
10th San Jose, California 204
11th Seattle, Washington 199
12th Boston, Massachusetts 199
13th Honolulu, Hawaii 198
14th Waterbury, Connecticut 197
15th Maui 197
16th Los Angeles, California 193
17th Santa Ana, California 193
18th Jersey City, New Jersey 192
19th Boulder, Colorado 190
20th Cocoa Beach, Florida 190
21st Chicago, Illinois 189
22nd Santa Cruz, California 188
23rd San Diego, California 184
24th Irvine, California 180
25th Nantucket 179
26th Miami, Florida 178
27th Anchorage, Alaska 176
28th Portland, Oregon 176
29th Newark, New Jersey 176
30th Pensacola, Florida 173
31st Asheville, North Carolina 173
32nd Sacramento, California 171
33rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 171
34th Denver, Colorado 170
35th Bozeman, Montana 167
36th Tacoma, Washington 164
37th Burlington, Vermont 163
38th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 162
39th Baltimore, Maryland 162
40th Nashville, Tennessee 160
41st San Luis Obispo, California 159
42nd Orlando, Florida 159
43rd Charleston, South Carolina 159
44th Salt Lake City, Utah 158
45th New Haven, Connecticut 158
46th New Orleans, Louisiana 158
47th Atlanta, Georgia 158
48th Hartford, Connecticut 158
49th Long Beach, California 157
50th Riverside, California 157
51st Fort Lauderdale, Florida 157
52nd Charlotte, North Carolina 156
53rd Providence, Rhode Island 156
54th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 156
55th Vancouver, Washington 156
56th Fort Worth, Texas 156
57th Dallas, Texas 156
58th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 156
59th Santa Fe, New Mexico 154
60th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 152
61st Austin, Texas 151
62nd Scottsdale, Arizona 151
63rd Savannah, Georgia 151
64th Ann Arbor, Michigan 151
65th Madison, Wisconsin 150
66th Eugene, Oregon 150
67th Albany, New York 150
68th Las Vegas, Nevada 150
69th Houston, Texas 149
70th Colorado Springs, Colorado 149
71st Durham, North Carolina 149
72nd Virginia Beach, Virginia 148
73rd Phoenix, Arizona 148
74th Richmond, Virginia 148
75th Kodiak, Alaska 147
76th Reno, Nevada 147
77th Tempe, Arizona 147
78th Kansas City, Missouri 146
79th Shreveport, Louisiana 145
80th Raleigh, North Carolina 145
81st Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 145
82nd Grand Rapids 144
83rd Cleveland, Ohio 144
84th St. Louis, Missouri 144
85th Ithaca, New York 143
86th Tampa, Florida 143
87th Little Rock, Arkansas 143
88th Fresno, California 142
89th Louisville, Kentucky 142
90th Des Moines, Iowa 142
91st Provo, Utah 142
92nd Buffalo, New York 141
93rd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 140
94th Allentown, Pennsylvania 140
95th Tallahassee, Florida 140
96th Jackson, Mississippi 139
97th Cincinnati, Ohio 139
98th San Antonio, Texas 139
99th Bakersfield, California 138
100th Fort Collins, Colorado 138
101st Jacksonville, Florida 137
102nd Tulsa, Oklahoma 136
103rd Indianapolis, Indiana 135
104th Erie, Pennsylvania 135
105th Wichita, Kansas 134
106th Birmingham, Alabama 134
107th Columbus, Ohio 133
108th Lincoln, Nebraska 133
109th Green Bay, Wisconsin 131
110th Tucson, Arizona 131
111th Boise, Idaho 130
112th Flint, Michigan 130
113th Arlington, Texas 130
114th Knoxville, Tennessee 130
115th Lawrence, Kansas 130
116th Spokane, Washington 129
117th Chattanooga, Tennessee 129
118th Huntsville, Alabama 129
119th Memphis, Tennessee 129
120th Rochester, New York 129
121st Detroit, Michigan 128
122nd Gainesville, Florida 128
123rd Omaha, Nebraska 127
124th Springfield, Illinois 127
125th Albuquerque, New Mexico 127
126th Iowa City, Iowa 127
127th Akron, Ohio 126
128th Mobile, Alabama 126
129th Greensboro, North Carolina 125
130th Greenville, South Carolina 125
131st Toledo, Ohio 125
132nd Lynchburg, Virginia 124
133rd El Paso, Texas 122
134th Fort Wayne, Indiana 122
135th Augusta, Georgia 122
136th Lexington, Kentucky 121
137th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 121
138th Springfield, Missouri 120
139th McAllen, Texas 118
140th Cedar Falls, Iowa 108

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
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 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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in New York City costs $2.75 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in New York City costs $14 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in New York City costs $14 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in New York City costs $6.00 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in New York City costs $20 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in New York City costs $150 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in New York City costs $30 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in New York City costs $30 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in New York City costs $60 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in New York City costs $60 (about 11 hours ago)