Cost of living in United States

Map of Cost of Living in United States


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 Palo Alto, California 292
2 New York City 284
3 San Francisco, California 280
4 Mountain View, California 273
5 Washington D.C. 266
6 Walnut Creek, California 247
7 Honolulu, Hawaii 245
8 Maui 244
9 San Jose, California 233
10 Boston, Massachusetts 232
11 Los Angeles, California 225
12 Oakland, California 225
13 Jersey City, New Jersey 221
14 San Diego, California 216
15 Chicago, Illinois 216
16 Seattle, Washington 215
17 Boulder, Colorado 213
18 Santa Ana, California 209
19 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 208
20 Denver, Colorado 204
21 Miami, Florida 203
22 Portland, Oregon 202
23 Anchorage, Alaska 202
24 Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 199
25 Sacramento, California 196
26 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 195
27 Baltimore, Maryland 193
28 Hartford, Connecticut 192
29 Nashville, Tennessee 188
30 New Orleans, Louisiana 187
31 Austin, Texas 186
32 Atlanta, Georgia 186
33 Providence, Rhode Island 184
34 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 183
35 Houston, Texas 183
36 Scottsdale, Arizona 182
37 Roanoke, Virginia 182
38 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 181
39 Dallas, Texas 181
40 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 179
41 Virginia Beach, Virginia 178
42 Orlando, Florida 178
43 Ann Arbor, Michigan 177
44 Tyler, Texas 177
45 Fort Worth, Texas 176
46 Durham, North Carolina 175
47 Charlotte, North Carolina 175
48 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 175
49 Tampa, Florida 174
50 Las Vegas, Nevada 173
51 St. Louis, Missouri 173
52 Vancouver, Washington 172
53 Albany, New York 171
54 Cleveland, Ohio 171
55 Madison, Wisconsin 170
56 Riverside, California 169
57 Charlottesville, Virginia 169
58 Columbus, Ohio 168
59 Raleigh, North Carolina 167
60 Salt Lake City, Utah 167
61 Jacksonville, Florida 166
62 Tulsa, Oklahoma 166
63 Huntsville, Alabama 164
64 Fresno, California 164
65 Des Moines, Iowa 163
66 Buffalo, New York 163
67 Fort Collins, Colorado 163
68 Jackson, Mississippi 162
69 Lincoln, Nebraska 162
70 Colorado Springs, Colorado 160
71 Cincinnati, Ohio 160
72 Greenville, South Carolina 160
73 Phoenix, Arizona 160
74 Indianapolis, Indiana 160
75 Eugene, Oregon 159
76 Billings, Montana 159
77 Wichita, Kansas 159
78 Reno, Nevada 159
79 Omaha, Nebraska 158
80 Birmingham, Alabama 157
81 Detroit, Michigan 157
82 Kansas City, Missouri 156
83 Rochester, New York 155
84 Albuquerque, New Mexico 155
85 Flint, Michigan 154
86 Little Rock, Arkansas 154
87 Tucson, Arizona 154
88 Iowa City, Iowa 154
89 Knoxville, Tennessee 153
90 San Antonio, Texas 153
91 Louisville, Kentucky 151
92 Tallahassee, Florida 149
93 Greensboro, North Carolina 148
94 Memphis, Tennessee 146
95 Fort Wayne, Indiana 144
96 Chattanooga, Tennessee 143
97 Boise, Idaho 142
98 Cedar Falls, Iowa 121

List of all cities available in United States

Akron, Ohio Albany, New York Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amarillo, Texas Anchorage, Alaska Ann Arbor, Michigan
Arcata, California Arlington, Texas Asheville, North Carolina
Athens, Georgia Atlanta, 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
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
Columbus, Ohio Corpus Christi, Texas Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado Des Moines, Iowa Detroit, Michigan
Durham, North Carolina El Paso, Texas Erie, Pennsylvania
Eugene, Oregon Fargo Flint, Michigan
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
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
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 Madison, Wisconsin
Maui McAllen, Texas Memphis, Tennessee
Miami, Florida Midland, Texas Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota Moab, Utah Modesto, California
Montclair, New Jersey Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Mountain View, California
Naknek, Alaska Nashville, Tennessee 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
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
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. Wichita, Kansas Wilmington, Delaware
Youngstown, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Boston, Massachusetts costs $915 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Richmond, Virginia costs $20 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Richmond, Virginia costs $7 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Richmond, Virginia costs $13 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Boston, Massachusetts costs $2,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Chicago, Illinois costs $25 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Chicago, Illinois costs $40 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Chicago, Illinois costs $100 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Chicago, Illinois costs $90 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Chicago, Illinois costs $2,033 (about 18 hours ago)