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 $4.43
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.27
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.31
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.61
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.48
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.05
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,088
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,548
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 $1,549
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,083
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $113
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen TV $374
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $121
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $48
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $47
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $117
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,999
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.64
Monthly ticket public transport $91
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) $108
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.46
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.73
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.25
Tube of toothpaste $1.79
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) $160
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 $4.66
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.62
iPod nano 16GB $150
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.29
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 266
2nd Palo Alto, California 256
3rd New York City 248
4th San Francisco, California 240
5th Walnut Creek, California 234
6th Mountain View, California 232
7th Washington D.C. 231
8th Berkeley, California 219
9th Honolulu, Hawaii 215
10th San Jose, California 210
11th Boston, Massachusetts 205
12th Jersey City, New Jersey 200
13th Maui 200
14th Oakland, California 197
15th Los Angeles, California 195
16th Seattle, Washington 192
17th Santa Cruz, California 191
18th San Diego, California 190
19th Santa Ana, California 189
20th Billings, Montana 189
21st Chicago, Illinois 187
22nd Boulder, Colorado 185
23rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 184
24th Sacramento, California 180
25th Portland, Oregon 178
26th Arcata, California 177
27th Newark, New Jersey 177
28th Anchorage, Alaska 175
29th Irvine, California 174
30th Denver, Colorado 174
31st Miami, Florida 173
32nd Tyler, Texas 169
33rd San Luis Obispo, California 168
34th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 167
35th Baltimore, Maryland 167
36th Long Beach, California 166
37th Atlanta, Georgia 165
38th Hartford, Connecticut 165
39th Providence, Rhode Island 164
40th Tacoma, Washington 163
41st Fort Lauderdale, Florida 162
42nd Burlington 161
43rd Dallas, Texas 161
44th Austin, Texas 161
45th Salt Lake City, Utah 159
46th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 159
47th Nashville, Tennessee 158
48th Savannah, Georgia 158
49th Houston, Texas 158
50th Charleston, South Carolina 157
51st Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 157
52nd Virginia Beach, Virginia 155
53rd Madison, Wisconsin 154
54th New Orleans, Louisiana 154
55th Grand Rapids 153
56th Albany, New York 153
57th Tempe, Arizona 152
58th Fort Worth, Texas 151
59th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 151
60th Charlotte, North Carolina 151
61st Durham, North Carolina 151
62nd Scottsdale, Arizona 149
63rd Tampa, Florida 148
64th Reno, Nevada 148
65th Las Vegas, Nevada 148
66th Ann Arbor, Michigan 148
67th Wilmington, Delaware 148
68th Riverside, California 148
69th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 147
70th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 147
71st St. Louis, Missouri 147
72nd Orlando, Florida 146
73rd Little Rock, Arkansas 144
74th Cleveland, Ohio 144
75th Bakersfield, California 144
76th Traverse City, Michigan 144
77th Jackson, Mississippi 143
78th Charlottesville, Virginia 143
79th Buffalo, New York 143
80th Asheville, North Carolina 143
81st Fresno, California 143
82nd Jacksonville, Florida 143
83rd Cincinnati, Ohio 141
84th Colorado Springs, Colorado 141
85th Raleigh, North Carolina 141
86th Kansas City, Missouri 141
87th Tulsa, Oklahoma 140
88th Eugene, Oregon 140
89th Phoenix, Arizona 140
90th Rochester, New York 139
91st Richmond, Virginia 139
92nd Des Moines, Iowa 139
93rd Columbus, Ohio 138
94th Akron, Ohio 138
95th Wichita, Kansas 138
96th Omaha, Nebraska 137
97th Fort Collins, Colorado 137
98th Tallahassee, Florida 136
99th Lincoln, Nebraska 135
100th Indianapolis, Indiana 135
101st Birmingham, Alabama 135
102nd Albuquerque, New Mexico 135
103rd Greensboro, North Carolina 134
104th Greenville, South Carolina 134
105th Spokane, Washington 134
106th Gainesville, Florida 133
107th San Antonio, Texas 133
108th Chattanooga, Tennessee 133
109th Memphis, Tennessee 132
110th Knoxville, Tennessee 131
111th Toledo, Ohio 131
112th Iowa City, Iowa 131
113th Huntsville, Alabama 131
114th Louisville, Kentucky 130
115th Arlington, Texas 129
116th Flint, Michigan 127
117th Detroit, Michigan 127
118th El Paso, Texas 126
119th Boise, Idaho 125
120th Lexington, Kentucky 123
121st Tucson, Arizona 123
122nd Fort Wayne, Indiana 121
123rd McAllen, Texas 119
124th Cedar Falls, Iowa 108

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 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 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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pt. beer in neighbourhood pub in Washington D.C. costs $9 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Washington D.C. costs $4.00 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Washington D.C. costs $14 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Washington D.C. costs $150 (about 1 hour ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Washington D.C. costs $200 (about 1 hour ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Washington D.C. costs $24 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Washington D.C. costs $45 (about 1 hour ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Washington D.C. costs $4.95 (about 1 hour ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Washington D.C. costs $7 (about 1 hour ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Washington D.C. costs $2.00 (about 1 hour ago)