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 $4.50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.88
12 eggs, large $3.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.60
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.69
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.16
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,049
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,553
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 $1,532
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,101
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $119
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $323
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $119
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $47
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $44
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $113
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,308
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.78
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) $18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $111
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.44
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.13
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.49
Tube of toothpaste $1.86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $45
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $171
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $78
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.91
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.90
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $421
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.29
1 month of gym membership in business district $52
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:
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 262
2nd Nantucket 260
3rd Mountain View, California 252
4th Palo Alto, California 248
5th San Bernardino, California 248
6th San Francisco, California 240
7th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 240
8th Walnut Creek, California 237
9th New York City 236
10th Waterbury, Connecticut 233
11th Montclair, New Jersey 221
12th Berkeley, California 221
13th Beaverton, Oregon 218
14th San Jose, California 210
15th Oakland, California 208
16th Washington D.C. 206
17th Los Angeles, California 204
18th Boston, Massachusetts 203
19th Honolulu, Hawaii 201
20th Seattle, Washington 197
21st Miami, Florida 196
22nd Jersey City, New Jersey 196
23rd Maui 195
24th Santa Cruz, California 193
25th Cocoa Beach, Florida 191
26th Chicago, Illinois 191
27th Santa Ana, California 190
28th Irvine, California 189
29th Boulder, Colorado 187
30th Denver, Colorado 185
31st Sacramento, California 180
32nd Portland, Oregon 178
33rd San Diego, California 178
34th Long Beach, California 176
35th Anchorage, Alaska 175
36th West Lafayette, Indiana 174
37th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 173
38th Asheville, North Carolina 172
39th Eugene, Oregon 172
40th Newark, New Jersey 171
41st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 170
42nd Atlanta, Georgia 168
43rd Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 167
44th Tacoma, Washington 166
45th Salt Lake City, Utah 165
46th Burlington, Vermont 165
47th Charleston, South Carolina 164
48th Bozeman, Montana 164
49th Hartford, Connecticut 163
50th Palm Springs, California 163
51st Fort Worth, Texas 163
52nd Nashville, Tennessee 162
53rd Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 162
54th Providence, Rhode Island 161
55th San Luis Obispo, California 160
56th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 160
57th Baltimore, Maryland 159
58th Riverside, California 159
59th Scottsdale, Arizona 159
60th Santa Fe, New Mexico 158
61st Dallas, Texas 158
62nd New Orleans, Louisiana 157
63rd Kodiak, Alaska 157
64th Austin, Texas 156
65th Charlotte, North Carolina 156
66th Pensacola, Florida 156
67th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 155
68th Phoenix, Arizona 154
69th Colorado Springs, Colorado 153
70th Vancouver, Washington 153
71st Ann Arbor, Michigan 153
72nd Las Vegas, Nevada 152
73rd St. Petersburg, Florida 151
74th Raleigh, North Carolina 150
75th Tempe, Arizona 150
76th Durham, North Carolina 150
77th Reno, Nevada 150
78th Savannah, Georgia 150
79th Grand Rapids 150
80th Albany, New York 149
81st Madison, Wisconsin 149
82nd Cleveland, Ohio 149
83rd Columbus, Ohio 148
84th Ithaca, New York 148
85th Fresno, California 148
86th Shreveport, Louisiana 148
87th St. Louis, Missouri 147
88th Orlando, Florida 147
89th Tampa, Florida 146
90th Houston, Texas 146
91st Virginia Beach, Virginia 145
92nd Buffalo, New York 144
93rd Richmond, Virginia 144
94th Provo, Utah 143
95th Little Rock, Arkansas 143
96th Des Moines, Iowa 143
97th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 142
98th Cincinnati, Ohio 141
99th Tulsa, Oklahoma 141
100th Kansas City, Missouri 140
101st Charlottesville, Virginia 140
102nd Bakersfield, California 139
103rd Tallahassee, Florida 139
104th Fort Collins, Colorado 138
105th Louisville, Kentucky 138
106th Jacksonville, Florida 137
107th Modesto, California 137
108th Omaha, Nebraska 137
109th Jackson, Mississippi 137
110th San Antonio, Texas 137
111th Indianapolis, Indiana 137
112th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 136
113th Green Bay, Wisconsin 135
114th Columbia, South Carolina 135
115th Roanoke, Virginia 135
116th Greenville, South Carolina 134
117th Erie, Pennsylvania 134
118th Rochester, New York 134
119th Knoxville, Tennessee 133
120th Tucson, Arizona 133
121st Chattanooga, Tennessee 133
122nd Boise, Idaho 132
123rd Wichita, Kansas 132
124th Detroit, Michigan 132
125th Gainesville, Florida 132
126th Spokane, Washington 131
127th Birmingham, Alabama 131
128th Flint, Michigan 131
129th Arlington, Texas 131
130th Memphis, Tennessee 131
131st Lincoln, Nebraska 131
132nd Albuquerque, New Mexico 128
133rd Huntsville, Alabama 128
134th Lynchburg, Virginia 128
135th Akron, Ohio 128
136th Mobile, Alabama 128
137th Greensboro, North Carolina 126
138th Toledo, Ohio 125
139th Florence, Alabama 125
140th El Paso, Texas 124
141st Lexington, Kentucky 123
142nd Fort Wayne, Indiana 122
143rd Cedar Rapids, Iowa 122
144th McAllen, Texas 120
145th Youngstown, Ohio 117
146th Springfield, Missouri 116

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.

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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 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 Bernardino, California 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

Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in New York City costs $1,220 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Miami, Florida costs $20 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of whole fat milk in Miami, Florida costs $0.84 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast in Miami, Florida costs $4.68 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Miami, Florida costs $9 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Miami, Florida costs $3,558 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Dallas, Texas costs $55 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Dallas, Texas costs $20 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Dallas, Texas costs $0.63 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Dallas, Texas costs $65 (about 8 hours ago)