Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,522
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,586
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 76% of countries in the World (20 out of 79)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.28
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.88
12 eggs, large $2.89
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.45
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.76
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.06
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of coca-cola $1.98
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,192
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,572
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $178
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 $1,133
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $113
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $52
40” flat screen tv $270
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $127
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) $42
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $108
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,611
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.68
Monthly ticket public transport $73
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) $112
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.87
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.63
Tube of toothpaste $1.80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $22
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $47
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $202
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 $4.93
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.63
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $422
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district $49
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $8

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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 Babylon, New York 243
2nd Mountain View, California 235
3rd New York City 233
4th Nantucket 232
5th San Francisco, California 229
6th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 226
7th Berkeley, California 219
8th Walnut Creek, California 219
9th Oakland, California 212
10th Montclair, New Jersey 210
11th Jersey City, New Jersey 204
12th Washington D.C. 204
13th San Jose, California 203
14th Los Angeles, California 198
15th Honolulu, Hawaii 197
16th Boston, Massachusetts 194
17th San Diego, California 194
18th Seattle, Washington 193
19th Chicago, Illinois 190
20th Miami, Florida 188
21st Santa Barbara, California 187
22nd Long Beach, California 187
23rd Maui 184
24th Denver, Colorado 183
25th Irvine, California 181
26th Cocoa Beach, Florida 181
27th Boulder, Colorado 177
28th Portland, Oregon 175
29th Sacramento, California 173
30th Laguna Niguel, California 173
31st Anchorage, Alaska 171
32nd Charlotte, North Carolina 163
33rd Newark, New Jersey 162
34th Austin, Texas 162
35th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 162
36th Orlando, Florida 157
37th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 157
38th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 157
39th Atlanta, Georgia 155
40th Tampa, Florida 155
41st Baltimore, Maryland 155
42nd Salt Lake City, Utah 154
43rd Dallas, Texas 153
44th Providence, Rhode Island 152
45th Fort Worth, Texas 152
46th Burlington, Vermont 152
47th Charleston, South Carolina 152
48th Kodiak, Alaska 149
49th Albany, New York 149
50th Santa Fe, New Mexico 149
51st Phoenix, Arizona 148
52nd New Orleans, Louisiana 148
53rd Nashville, Tennessee 148
54th Raleigh, North Carolina 147
55th Las Vegas, Nevada 146
56th St. Louis, Missouri 145
57th Vancouver, Washington 145
58th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 145
59th Pensacola, Florida 145
60th Colorado Springs, Colorado 144
61st Riverside, California 144
62nd Provo, Utah 144
63rd Detroit, Michigan 143
64th Houston, Texas 143
65th Ithaca, New York 142
66th Cleveland, Ohio 142
67th Jacksonville, Florida 141
68th Asheville, North Carolina 140
69th Spokane, Washington 139
70th Indianapolis, Indiana 139
71st Milwaukee, Wisconsin 138
72nd Lubbock, Texas 137
73rd Modesto, California 136
74th Shreveport, Louisiana 136
75th Kansas City, Missouri 136
76th Omaha, Nebraska 135
77th Charlottesville, Virginia 135
78th Tallahassee, Florida 135
79th Fargo 134
80th Athens, Georgia 134
81st Rochester, New York 133
82nd Green Bay, Wisconsin 132
83rd Cincinnati, Ohio 131
84th Boise, Idaho 130
85th Columbus, Ohio 130
86th San Antonio, Texas 130
87th Albuquerque, New Mexico 130
88th Tucson, Arizona 129
89th Louisville, Kentucky 128
90th Lawrence, Kansas 128
91st Roanoke, Virginia 127
92nd Corpus Christi, Texas 127
93rd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 127
94th Erie, Pennsylvania 125
95th Huntsville, Alabama 123
96th Lincoln, Nebraska 122
97th Memphis, Tennessee 122
98th Florence, Alabama 119
99th Greensboro, North Carolina 118
100th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 115
101st San Antonio, California 114
102nd Youngstown, Ohio 113
103rd Springfield, Missouri 110

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

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Austin, Texas costs $26,613 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Austin, Texas costs $44 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 900 sqft in Las Vegas, Nevada costs $1,423 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Washington D.C. costs $4,066 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Boston, Massachusetts costs $20,000 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Boston, Massachusetts costs $80 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Boston, Massachusetts costs $100 (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Boston, Massachusetts costs $18 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 480 sqft in Boston, Massachusetts costs $101 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in normal area in Boston, Massachusetts costs $2,018 (1 day ago)

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