Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,801
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,430
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 90% of countries in the World (7 out of 63)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.44
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.05
12 eggs, large $4.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.43
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.07
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $2.91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.63
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,888
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,218
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $215
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,028
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,524
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $143
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $62
40” flat screen tv $285
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $143
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $15
Hourly rate for cleaning help $29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $56
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $54
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $98
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $133
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $28,530
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.98
Monthly ticket public transport $74
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $21
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $134
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.85
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.81
Tube of toothpaste $2.34
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $28
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $59
2 tickets to the movies $29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $204
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $98
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.62
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $514
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.40
1 month of gym membership in business district $64
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $10

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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:
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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 New York City 223
2nd Maui 215
3rd Babylon, New York 208
4th San Francisco, California 208
5th Washington D.C. 202
6th Boston, Massachusetts 202
7th Miami, Florida 201
8th Mountain View, California 199
9th San Jose, California 192
10th Jersey City, New Jersey 189
11th Charlottesville, Virginia 187
12th Oakland, California 186
13th Berkeley, California 186
14th San Diego, California 184
15th Denver, Colorado 182
16th Chicago, Illinois 174
17th Seattle, Washington 173
18th Atlanta, Georgia 171
19th Portland, Oregon 167
20th Los Angeles, California 165
21st Dallas, Texas 164
22nd Sacramento, California 159
23rd Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 157
24th Irvine, California 157
25th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 156
26th Austin, Texas 154
27th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 154
28th Orlando, Florida 154
29th Phoenix, Arizona 150
30th Cocoa Beach, Florida 149
31st Houston, Texas 148
32nd Tacoma, Washington 148
33rd Salt Lake City, Utah 147
34th Walnut Creek, California 147
35th Boise, Idaho 146
36th Virginia Beach, Virginia 145
37th Charlotte, North Carolina 144
38th Tampa, Florida 144
39th St. Petersburg, Florida 140
40th New Haven, Connecticut 140
41st Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 139
42nd Long Beach, California 138
43rd Raleigh, North Carolina 138
44th Baltimore, Maryland 137
45th Jacksonville, Florida 137
46th Newark, New Jersey 135
47th Reno, Nevada 135
48th Eugene, Oregon 134
49th Spokane, Washington 133
50th Cleveland, Ohio 131
51st Asheville, North Carolina 131
52nd Providence, Rhode Island 131
53rd Richmond, Virginia 130
54th Cincinnati, Ohio 130
55th Burlington, Vermont 128
56th Kansas City, Missouri 128
57th Indianapolis, Indiana 127
58th Wilmington, Delaware 127
59th Madison, Wisconsin 127
60th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 126
61st New Orleans, Louisiana 126
62nd Santa Fe, New Mexico 125
63rd Modesto, California 124
64th Detroit, Michigan 123
65th Birmingham, Alabama 122
66th Pensacola, Florida 120
67th San Antonio, Texas 120
68th Green Bay, Wisconsin 119
69th Amarillo, Texas 119
70th Billings, Montana 115
71st Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 115
72nd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 114
73rd Tallahassee, Florida 112
74th Louisville, Kentucky 110
75th Tucson, Arizona 108
76th Lawrence, Kansas 106
77th Provo, Utah 104
78th Lafayette, Louisiana 104
79th Iowa City, Iowa 102
80th Memphis, Tennessee 101
81st Youngstown, Ohio 97
82nd Springfield, Missouri 97
83rd Shreveport, Louisiana 96
84th Corpus Christi, Texas 96
85th Lincoln, Nebraska 95
86th San Antonio, California 94
87th Roanoke, Virginia 93
88th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 91

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.

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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 Centro, California 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 Rockford, Illinois 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 Barbara, 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 Stamford, Connecticut 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

  • 2 tickets to the movies in New York City costs $4.00 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Miami, Florida costs $20 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Miami, Florida costs $100 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Miami, Florida costs $50 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Miami, Florida costs $130 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Albuquerque, New Mexico costs $9 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Jersey City, New Jersey costs $25 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Atlanta, Georgia costs $12 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Fresno, California costs $80 (1 day ago)
  • 16 oz beer in neighbourhood pub in Fresno, California costs $21 (1 day ago)

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