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 $4.50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.65
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
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 $2,047
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 $170
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,542
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,079
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $115
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $355
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $121
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) $46
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $117
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,980
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.69
Monthly ticket public transport $86
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) $107
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.55
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.80
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.30
Tube of toothpaste $1.79
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 $24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $160
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 $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.76
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.64
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.54
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.

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 Palo Alto, California 229
2nd Walnut Creek, California 226
3rd New York City 226
4th San Francisco, California 225
5th Washington D.C. 212
6th Mountain View, California 205
7th Berkeley, California 198
8th Honolulu, Hawaii 195
9th San Jose, California 191
10th Oakland, California 188
11th Boston, Massachusetts 187
12th Maui 184
13th Seattle, Washington 183
14th Los Angeles, California 183
15th Jersey City, New Jersey 181
16th Santa Cruz, California 178
17th San Diego, California 173
18th Santa Ana, California 173
19th Chicago, Illinois 172
20th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 172
21st Miami, Florida 171
22nd Irvine, California 168
23rd Boulder, Colorado 168
24th Portland, Oregon 168
25th Anchorage, Alaska 166
26th Newark, New Jersey 164
27th Arcata, California 162
28th Denver, Colorado 161
29th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 161
30th Sacramento, California 159
31st Charleston, South Carolina 158
32nd Baltimore, Maryland 156
33rd San Luis Obispo, California 153
34th Hartford, Connecticut 150
35th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 150
36th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 149
37th Atlanta, Georgia 148
38th Tacoma, Washington 148
39th New Orleans, Louisiana 147
40th Orlando, Florida 147
41st Traverse City, Michigan 146
42nd Fort Worth, Texas 145
43rd Long Beach, California 145
44th Santa Fe, New Mexico 144
45th Austin, Texas 144
46th Burlington, Vermont 144
47th Colorado Springs, Colorado 144
48th Nashville, Tennessee 144
49th Dallas, Texas 144
50th Salt Lake City, Utah 143
51st Tempe, Arizona 143
52nd Ann Arbor, Michigan 143
53rd Savannah, Georgia 143
54th Grand Rapids 143
55th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 143
56th Shreveport, Louisiana 142
57th Providence, Rhode Island 141
58th Albany, New York 141
59th Madison, Wisconsin 140
60th Las Vegas, Nevada 139
61st Little Rock, Arkansas 139
62nd Houston, Texas 139
63rd Durham, North Carolina 139
64th Bozeman, Montana 137
65th Scottsdale, Arizona 137
66th Des Moines, Iowa 137
67th Riverside, California 136
68th Allentown, Pennsylvania 135
69th Tampa, Florida 134
70th Charlotte, North Carolina 134
71st Kansas City, Missouri 134
72nd Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 134
73rd Cleveland, Ohio 134
74th Provo, Utah 133
75th Reno, Nevada 133
76th Wilmington, Delaware 132
77th Jackson, Mississippi 132
78th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 132
79th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 132
80th Tulsa, Oklahoma 132
81st St. Louis, Missouri 132
82nd Asheville, North Carolina 131
83rd Raleigh, North Carolina 131
84th Cincinnati, Ohio 131
85th Fresno, California 131
86th Bakersfield, California 130
87th Fort Collins, Colorado 130
88th Virginia Beach, Virginia 129
89th Louisville, Kentucky 129
90th Phoenix, Arizona 128
91st Buffalo, New York 128
92nd Rochester, New York 128
93rd Lincoln, Nebraska 127
94th Columbus, Ohio 127
95th Richmond, Virginia 127
96th Jacksonville, Florida 126
97th San Antonio, Texas 126
98th Birmingham, Alabama 126
99th Wichita, Kansas 124
100th Indianapolis, Indiana 124
101st Albuquerque, New Mexico 124
102nd Tucson, Arizona 123
103rd Chattanooga, Tennessee 123
104th Knoxville, Tennessee 123
105th Spokane, Washington 122
106th Flint, Michigan 121
107th Memphis, Tennessee 121
108th Huntsville, Alabama 121
109th Gainesville, Florida 120
110th Detroit, Michigan 120
111th Arlington, Texas 120
112th Akron, Ohio 119
113th Green Bay, Wisconsin 119
114th Greensboro, North Carolina 119
115th Toledo, Ohio 118
116th Iowa City, Iowa 118
117th Greenville, South Carolina 116
118th Springfield, Illinois 116
119th Boise, Idaho 116
120th El Paso, Texas 115
121st Omaha, Nebraska 115
122nd Fort Wayne, Indiana 115
123rd Springfield, Missouri 114
124th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 113
125th Lawrence, Kansas 113
126th McAllen, Texas 113
127th Lexington, Kentucky 110
128th Augusta, Georgia 108
129th Kodiak, Alaska 106
130th Cedar Falls, Iowa 101

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
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
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 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 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 Wichita, Kansas Wilmington, Delaware
Youngstown, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio

Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Denver, Colorado costs $1,321 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Jacksonville, Florida costs $100 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 100 oz. in Jacksonville, Florida costs $10 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Jacksonville, Florida costs $50 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 900 sqft in Jacksonville, Florida costs $407 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Jacksonville, Florida costs $1,423 (about 12 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Las Vegas, Nevada costs $2.50 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Weekly rent - 2 bedroom (85m2) furnished accommodation in expensive area in Denver, Colorado costs $3,870 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Tempe, Arizona costs $45 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Tempe, Arizona costs $0.73 (about 19 hours ago)