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 $4.44
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.33
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.61
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 $2.10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,074
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,547
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 $1,543
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,081
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $112
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
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 $21
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $47
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $46
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 $21,848
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.65
Monthly ticket public transport $90
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) $107
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.49
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.75
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.25
Tube of toothpaste $1.78
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) $159
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 $4.69
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.61
iPad Air 2, 64GB $458
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.27
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 252
3rd New York City 241
4th Walnut Creek, California 235
5th San Francisco, California 235
6th Washington D.C. 227
7th Mountain View, California 222
8th Berkeley, California 217
9th San Jose, California 208
10th Honolulu, Hawaii 206
11th Oakland, California 200
12th Boston, Massachusetts 197
13th Maui 195
14th Jersey City, New Jersey 192
15th Los Angeles, California 190
16th Seattle, Washington 189
17th San Diego, California 184
18th Santa Ana, California 183
19th Santa Cruz, California 183
20th Chicago, Illinois 180
21st Newark, New Jersey 179
22nd Traverse City, Michigan 177
23rd Boulder, Colorado 176
24th Arcata, California 174
25th Irvine, California 173
26th Portland, Oregon 172
27th Billings, Montana 172
28th Sacramento, California 172
29th Miami, Florida 172
30th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 171
31st Anchorage, Alaska 171
32nd Denver, Colorado 170
33rd San Luis Obispo, California 164
34th Long Beach, California 163
35th Baltimore, Maryland 162
36th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 161
37th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 161
38th Atlanta, Georgia 160
39th Hartford, Connecticut 159
40th Austin, Texas 158
41st Charleston, South Carolina 155
42nd Tacoma, Washington 155
43rd Savannah, Georgia 155
44th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 155
45th Tempe, Arizona 155
46th Dallas, Texas 154
47th New Orleans, Louisiana 154
48th Burlington, Vermont 154
49th Nashville, Tennessee 154
50th Houston, Texas 152
51st Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 151
52nd Providence, Rhode Island 150
53rd Salt Lake City, Utah 149
54th Fort Worth, Texas 148
55th Madison, Wisconsin 148
56th Ann Arbor, Michigan 147
57th Albany, New York 147
58th Durham, North Carolina 146
59th Grand Rapids 145
60th Riverside, California 145
61st Scottsdale, Arizona 144
62nd Wilmington, Delaware 144
63rd Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 143
64th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 143
65th Reno, Nevada 143
66th Eugene, Oregon 143
67th Charlotte, North Carolina 143
68th Tampa, Florida 142
69th St. Louis, Missouri 142
70th Orlando, Florida 142
71st Fresno, California 142
72nd Las Vegas, Nevada 142
73rd Charlottesville, Virginia 141
74th Cincinnati, Ohio 141
75th Virginia Beach, Virginia 141
76th Jacksonville, Florida 140
77th Bakersfield, California 140
78th Asheville, North Carolina 140
79th Cleveland, Ohio 139
80th Allentown, Pennsylvania 138
81st Fort Collins, Colorado 138
82nd Buffalo, New York 138
83rd Jackson, Mississippi 138
84th Little Rock, Arkansas 137
85th Phoenix, Arizona 137
86th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 136
87th Kansas City, Missouri 135
88th Colorado Springs, Colorado 135
89th Columbus, Ohio 134
90th Tulsa, Oklahoma 134
91st Tallahassee, Florida 134
92nd Des Moines, Iowa 134
93rd Rochester, New York 133
94th Lincoln, Nebraska 133
95th Richmond, Virginia 133
96th Wichita, Kansas 133
97th Springfield, Massachusetts 133
98th Raleigh, North Carolina 132
99th Springfield, Illinois 132
100th Birmingham, Alabama 132
101st San Antonio, Texas 131
102nd Albuquerque, New Mexico 131
103rd Greensboro, North Carolina 131
104th Indianapolis, Indiana 131
105th Knoxville, Tennessee 129
106th Memphis, Tennessee 129
107th Chattanooga, Tennessee 129
108th Louisville, Kentucky 129
109th Gainesville, Florida 128
110th Spokane, Washington 128
111th Arlington, Texas 127
112th Akron, Ohio 127
113th Greenville, South Carolina 127
114th Huntsville, Alabama 127
115th Iowa City, Iowa 126
116th Flint, Michigan 126
117th Toledo, Ohio 125
118th Omaha, Nebraska 124
119th Lawrence, Kansas 124
120th El Paso, Texas 123
121st Boise, Idaho 123
122nd Detroit, Michigan 123
123rd Lexington, Kentucky 120
124th Tucson, Arizona 120
125th Fort Wayne, Indiana 119
126th McAllen, Texas 115
127th 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
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
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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