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 $4.59
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.91
12 eggs, large $3.22
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.08
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.70
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.78
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.15
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,048
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,581
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $172
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,583
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,107
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $118
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $350
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $120
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) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $118
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,072
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.70
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) $109
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.54
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.89
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.30
Tube of toothpaste $1.78
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $169
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 $4.79
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.71
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.58
1 month of gym membership in business district $53
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 San Francisco, California 227
2nd New York City 226
3rd Palo Alto, California 225
4th Walnut Creek, California 218
5th Berkeley, California 206
6th Mountain View, California 205
7th Washington D.C. 204
8th Waterbury, Connecticut 190
9th San Jose, California 188
10th Oakland, California 187
11th Honolulu, Hawaii 186
12th Boston, Massachusetts 186
13th Maui 186
14th Seattle, Washington 185
15th Jersey City, New Jersey 183
16th Los Angeles, California 180
17th Cocoa Beach, Florida 180
18th Santa Cruz, California 175
19th Santa Ana, California 175
20th Chicago, Illinois 173
21st Boulder, Colorado 173
22nd Nantucket 170
23rd Irvine, California 170
24th San Diego, California 168
25th Portland, Oregon 165
26th Newark, New Jersey 165
27th Miami, Florida 163
28th Sacramento, California 162
29th Anchorage, Alaska 162
30th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 161
31st Denver, Colorado 160
32nd Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 159
33rd Pensacola, Florida 159
34th Baltimore, Maryland 153
35th Burlington, Vermont 153
36th Tacoma, Washington 153
37th Bozeman, Montana 152
38th San Luis Obispo, California 150
39th Charleston, South Carolina 148
40th Dallas, Texas 148
41st Nashville, Tennessee 148
42nd Atlanta, Georgia 147
43rd Fort Lauderdale, Florida 147
44th Traverse City, Michigan 147
45th New Orleans, Louisiana 146
46th Hartford, Connecticut 146
47th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 145
48th Santa Fe, New Mexico 143
49th Long Beach, California 143
50th Providence, Rhode Island 143
51st Fort Worth, Texas 142
52nd Ann Arbor, Michigan 142
53rd Vancouver, Washington 142
54th Austin, Texas 141
55th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 141
56th Orlando, Florida 141
57th Kodiak, Alaska 141
58th Colorado Springs, Colorado 140
59th Madison, Wisconsin 140
60th Houston, Texas 140
61st Durham, North Carolina 140
62nd Charlotte, North Carolina 140
63rd Savannah, Georgia 139
64th Wilmington, Delaware 139
65th Eugene, Oregon 138
66th Albany, New York 138
67th Las Vegas, Nevada 138
68th Tempe, Arizona 137
69th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 136
70th Salt Lake City, Utah 135
71st Riverside, California 135
72nd New Haven, Connecticut 135
73rd Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 135
74th Reno, Nevada 135
75th Kansas City, Missouri 134
76th Richmond, Virginia 134
77th Allentown, Pennsylvania 134
78th Raleigh, North Carolina 133
79th Scottsdale, Arizona 133
80th Buffalo, New York 133
81st Milwaukee, Wisconsin 132
82nd Asheville, North Carolina 132
83rd Tampa, Florida 132
84th Provo, Utah 131
85th Fort Collins, Colorado 131
86th Cincinnati, Ohio 131
87th Virginia Beach, Virginia 131
88th Shreveport, Louisiana 131
89th Phoenix, Arizona 130
90th Cleveland, Ohio 130
91st Fresno, California 130
92nd St. Louis, Missouri 130
93rd Bakersfield, California 129
94th Des Moines, Iowa 128
95th Jackson, Mississippi 128
96th Louisville, Kentucky 128
97th Little Rock, Arkansas 127
98th Indianapolis, Indiana 126
99th Jacksonville, Florida 125
100th Columbus, Ohio 125
101st San Antonio, Texas 125
102nd Birmingham, Alabama 125
103rd Tulsa, Oklahoma 124
104th Lincoln, Nebraska 123
105th Spokane, Washington 122
106th Boise, Idaho 121
107th Wichita, Kansas 121
108th Tucson, Arizona 120
109th Albuquerque, New Mexico 120
110th Rochester, New York 120
111th Knoxville, Tennessee 120
112th Chattanooga, Tennessee 120
113th Gainesville, Florida 119
114th Iowa City, Iowa 119
115th Memphis, Tennessee 119
116th Huntsville, Alabama 119
117th Arlington, Texas 118
118th Flint, Michigan 118
119th Greenville, South Carolina 118
120th Detroit, Michigan 117
121st Greensboro, North Carolina 117
122nd Springfield, Illinois 116
123rd Akron, Ohio 116
124th Springfield, Missouri 116
125th Toledo, Ohio 115
126th Green Bay, Wisconsin 115
127th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 114
128th Omaha, Nebraska 114
129th Lawrence, Kansas 113
130th Augusta, Georgia 113
131st Fort Wayne, Indiana 112
132nd El Paso, Texas 112
133rd Lexington, Kentucky 111
134th McAllen, Texas 109
135th Cedar Falls, Iowa 100

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.

Get your own salary calculation

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
Columbia, South Carolina 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 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 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 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

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