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 $4.48
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.35
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.63
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.49
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,065
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,549
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $171
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,540
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,084
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $112
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen TV $365
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) $45
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $116
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,793
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.66
Monthly ticket public transport $89
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $17
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $108
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.77
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.27
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) $158
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 $4.71
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.62
iPad Air 2, 64GB $462
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.26
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 Bridgeport, Connecticut 256
2nd Palo Alto, California 247
3rd New York City 241
4th San Francisco, California 237
5th Walnut Creek, California 233
6th Washington D.C. 227
7th Mountain View, California 221
8th Berkeley, California 217
9th San Jose, California 209
10th Honolulu, Hawaii 205
11th Oakland, California 200
12th Boston, Massachusetts 198
13th Maui 194
14th Jersey City, New Jersey 193
15th Los Angeles, California 190
16th Seattle, Washington 189
17th Santa Cruz, California 186
18th San Diego, California 183
19th Santa Ana, California 181
20th Newark, New Jersey 179
21st Chicago, Illinois 179
22nd Traverse City, Michigan 179
23rd Boulder, Colorado 176
24th Irvine, California 175
25th Arcata, California 174
26th Miami, Florida 173
27th Billings, Montana 172
28th Portland, Oregon 172
29th Anchorage, Alaska 172
30th Sacramento, California 171
31st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 171
32nd Denver, Colorado 169
33rd San Luis Obispo, California 164
34th Long Beach, California 162
35th Baltimore, Maryland 162
36th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 161
37th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 160
38th Hartford, Connecticut 159
39th Atlanta, Georgia 157
40th Austin, Texas 156
41st Charleston, South Carolina 155
42nd Savannah, Georgia 155
43rd Tacoma, Washington 155
44th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 154
45th New Orleans, Louisiana 154
46th Burlington, Vermont 154
47th Dallas, Texas 153
48th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 153
49th Nashville, Tennessee 152
50th Houston, Texas 151
51st Providence, Rhode Island 150
52nd Tempe, Arizona 149
53rd Fort Worth, Texas 148
54th Salt Lake City, Utah 148
55th Madison, Wisconsin 148
56th Durham, North Carolina 147
57th Ann Arbor, Michigan 147
58th Albany, New York 147
59th Riverside, California 145
60th Grand Rapids 145
61st Scottsdale, Arizona 144
62nd Wilmington, Delaware 144
63rd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 143
64th Charlotte, North Carolina 143
65th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 143
66th Fresno, California 143
67th Reno, Nevada 143
68th Eugene, Oregon 143
69th Tampa, Florida 142
70th St. Louis, Missouri 142
71st Charlottesville, Virginia 141
72nd Las Vegas, Nevada 141
73rd Virginia Beach, Virginia 141
74th Cincinnati, Ohio 140
75th Bakersfield, California 140
76th Asheville, North Carolina 140
77th Cleveland, Ohio 139
78th Little Rock, Arkansas 139
79th Jacksonville, Florida 139
80th Jackson, Mississippi 139
81st Fort Collins, Colorado 138
82nd Kansas City, Missouri 138
83rd Allentown, Pennsylvania 138
84th Phoenix, Arizona 137
85th Orlando, Florida 137
86th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 136
87th Buffalo, New York 136
88th Colorado Springs, Colorado 134
89th Columbus, Ohio 134
90th Tallahassee, Florida 134
91st Tulsa, Oklahoma 134
92nd Des Moines, Iowa 133
93rd Rochester, New York 133
94th Richmond, Virginia 133
95th Lincoln, Nebraska 133
96th Raleigh, North Carolina 133
97th Springfield, Massachusetts 133
98th Birmingham, Alabama 131
99th Indianapolis, Indiana 131
100th Albuquerque, New Mexico 131
101st Greensboro, North Carolina 131
102nd Springfield, Illinois 130
103rd Wichita, Kansas 130
104th San Antonio, Texas 130
105th Memphis, Tennessee 129
106th Knoxville, Tennessee 129
107th Chattanooga, Tennessee 129
108th Gainesville, Florida 128
109th Louisville, Kentucky 128
110th El Paso, Texas 128
111th Spokane, Washington 128
112th Arlington, Texas 127
113th Akron, Ohio 127
114th Huntsville, Alabama 126
115th Greenville, South Carolina 126
116th Iowa City, Iowa 126
117th Flint, Michigan 125
118th Toledo, Ohio 125
119th Boise, Idaho 123
120th Omaha, Nebraska 123
121st Lawrence, Kansas 122
122nd Detroit, Michigan 122
123rd Lexington, Kentucky 120
124th Tucson, Arizona 120
125th Fort Wayne, Indiana 119
126th McAllen, Texas 115
127th Augusta, Georgia 114
128th Cedar Falls, Iowa 106

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?

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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 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 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 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

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  • 16 oz beer in neighbourhood pub in Atlanta, Georgia costs $5.28 (about 22 hours ago)
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  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Atlanta, Georgia costs $6.00 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Atlanta, Georgia costs $8 (about 22 hours ago)
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  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Atlanta, Georgia costs $60 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Atlanta, Georgia costs $30 (about 22 hours ago)
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