Cost of living in United States

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 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 268
2 San Francisco, California 263
3 New York City 255
4 Washington D.C. 244
5 Jersey City, New Jersey 213
6 San Jose, California 211
7 Boston, Massachusetts 209
8 Oakland, California 209
9 Honolulu, Hawaii 206
10 Los Angeles, California 203
11 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 203
12 Chicago, Illinois 200
13 Seattle, Washington 194
14 Miami, Florida 192
15 Santa Ana, California 184
16 Anchorage, Alaska 184
17 San Diego, California 184
18 Denver, Colorado 183
19 Portland, Oregon 181
20 Hartford, Connecticut 179
21 Sacramento, California 177
22 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 177
23 Providence, Rhode Island 177
24 Baltimore, Maryland 175
25 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 175
26 Austin, Texas 173
27 Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 172
28 Dallas, Texas 170
29 Vancouver, Washington 170
30 Atlanta, Georgia 170
31 Charleston, South Carolina 170
32 New Orleans, Louisiana 166
33 Orlando, Florida 165
34 Fort Worth, Texas 165
35 Roanoke, Virginia 164
36 Nashville, Tennessee 163
37 Virginia Beach, Virginia 163
38 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 162
39 Scottsdale, Arizona 161
40 Durham, North Carolina 161
41 Charlotte, North Carolina 160
42 Houston, Texas 160
43 Cleveland, Ohio 160
44 Madison, Wisconsin 159
45 Albany, New York 159
46 Detroit, Michigan 158
47 Columbus, Ohio 156
48 Riverside, California 156
49 Tampa, Florida 155
50 Las Vegas, Nevada 154
51 St. Louis, Missouri 153
52 Buffalo, New York 152
53 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 152
54 Jacksonville, Florida 152
55 Reno, Nevada 150
56 Raleigh, North Carolina 149
57 Salt Lake City, Utah 149
58 Des Moines, Iowa 148
59 Lincoln, Nebraska 148
60 Birmingham, Alabama 148
61 Phoenix, Arizona 147
62 Jackson, Mississippi 147
63 Cincinnati, Ohio 146
64 Indianapolis, Indiana 145
65 Omaha, Nebraska 144
66 Rochester, New York 144
67 Greenville, South Carolina 143
68 Little Rock, Arkansas 143
69 Fresno, California 142
70 Kansas City, Missouri 142
71 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 141
72 Louisville, Kentucky 138
73 Knoxville, Tennessee 137
74 Albuquerque, New Mexico 136
75 Tulsa, Oklahoma 135
76 San Antonio, Texas 134
77 Memphis, Tennessee 133
78 Tucson, Arizona 132
79 Boise, Idaho 131
80 Flint, Michigan 109

List of all cities available in United States

Akron, Ohio Albany, New York Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amarillo, Texas Anchorage, Alaska Arlington, Texas
Athens, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Austin, Texas
Babylon, New York Bakersfield, California Baltimore, Maryland
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Billings, Montana Birmingham, Alabama
Bismarck, North Dakota Boise, Idaho Boston, Massachusetts
Boulder, Colorado Bozeman, Montana Bridgeport, Connecticut
Buffalo, New York Butte, Montana Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Charleston, South Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina
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
Fargo Flint, Michigan Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Worth, Texas
Fresno, California Gainesville, Florida Green Bay, Wisconsin
Greensboro, North Carolina Greenville, South Carolina Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Hartford, Connecticut Honolulu, Hawaii Houston, Texas
Huntsville, Alabama Indianapolis, Indiana Ithaca, New York
Jackson, Mississippi Jacksonville, Florida Jersey City, New Jersey
Kansas City, Missouri Knoxville, Tennessee Lafayette, Louisiana
Laguna Niguel, California Las Vegas, Nevada Lexington, Kentucky
Lincoln, Nebraska Little Rock, Arkansas Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky Lubbock, Texas Madison, Wisconsin
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
Niagara Falls, New York Oakland, California Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Omaha, Nebraska Orlando, 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
St. Louis, Missouri Staunton, Virginia Stockton, California
Tampa, Florida Tempe, Arizona Toledo, Ohio
Tucson, Arizona Tulsa, Oklahoma Tyler, Texas
Vancouver, Washington Virginia Beach, Virginia Walnut Creek, California
Washington D.C. Wichita, Kansas Youngstown, Ohio
Zanesville, Ohio

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Miami, Florida costs $1,423 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Washington D.C. costs $1,118 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Los Angeles, California costs $1.00 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Houston, Texas costs $16 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Houston, Texas costs $0.71 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Houston, Texas costs $6.00 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Houston, Texas costs $23 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Public transport in El Paso, Texas costs $48 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Internet 8mb, 1 month in El Paso, Texas costs $30 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Weekly rent - 2 bedroom (85m2) furnished accommodation in expensive area in New York City costs $6,880 (about 8 hours ago)