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 $4.48
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.27
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.11
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.65
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 $1.92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,065
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,551
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $170
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,533
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,082
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 $361
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $122
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) $46
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $116
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,746
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.67
Monthly ticket public transport $89
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.) $3.48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.82
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.30
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) $156
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 $4.68
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.63
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.24
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 Palo Alto, California 242
2nd New York City 238
3rd Walnut Creek, California 237
4th San Francisco, California 233
5th Washington D.C. 227
6th Mountain View, California 221
7th Berkeley, California 213
8th Bridgeport, Connecticut 213
9th San Jose, California 203
10th Honolulu, Hawaii 202
11th Oakland, California 200
12th Maui 196
13th Boston, Massachusetts 193
14th Jersey City, New Jersey 192
15th Seattle, Washington 190
16th Los Angeles, California 188
17th Santa Cruz, California 185
18th San Diego, California 182
19th Chicago, Illinois 180
20th Santa Ana, California 178
21st Boulder, Colorado 176
22nd Newark, New Jersey 173
23rd Irvine, California 173
24th Anchorage, Alaska 173
25th Arcata, California 172
26th Billings, Montana 170
27th Miami, Florida 170
28th Portland, Oregon 169
29th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 169
30th Sacramento, California 169
31st San Luis Obispo, California 168
32nd Denver, Colorado 165
33rd Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 164
34th Baltimore, Maryland 164
35th Long Beach, California 160
36th Hartford, Connecticut 158
37th Atlanta, Georgia 157
38th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 157
39th Tacoma, Washington 154
40th Austin, Texas 154
41st Traverse City, Michigan 154
42nd Baton Rouge, Louisiana 153
43rd Charleston, South Carolina 153
44th New Orleans, Louisiana 152
45th Santa Fe, New Mexico 152
46th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 152
47th Burlington, Vermont 151
48th Dallas, Texas 151
49th Nashville, Tennessee 150
50th Savannah, Georgia 150
51st Houston, Texas 149
52nd Providence, Rhode Island 149
53rd Albany, New York 149
54th Fort Worth, Texas 148
55th Grand Rapids 147
56th Madison, Wisconsin 146
57th Tempe, Arizona 146
58th Durham, North Carolina 146
59th Salt Lake City, Utah 146
60th Wilmington, Delaware 144
61st Shreveport, Louisiana 144
62nd Scottsdale, Arizona 143
63rd Riverside, California 142
64th Reno, Nevada 141
65th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 141
66th Las Vegas, Nevada 141
67th Ann Arbor, Michigan 141
68th Tampa, Florida 141
69th Eugene, Oregon 141
70th Charlotte, North Carolina 141
71st Milwaukee, Wisconsin 141
72nd Fresno, California 140
73rd Little Rock, Arkansas 140
74th Charlottesville, Virginia 140
75th St. Louis, Missouri 140
76th Virginia Beach, Virginia 139
77th Bakersfield, California 139
78th Cincinnati, Ohio 138
79th Asheville, North Carolina 138
80th Cleveland, Ohio 138
81st Jackson, Mississippi 138
82nd Jacksonville, Florida 138
83rd Fort Collins, Colorado 137
84th Kansas City, Missouri 137
85th Colorado Springs, Colorado 137
86th Orlando, Florida 136
87th Allentown, Pennsylvania 136
88th Phoenix, Arizona 136
89th Buffalo, New York 135
90th Des Moines, Iowa 134
91st Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 133
92nd Springfield, Massachusetts 133
93rd Tallahassee, Florida 132
94th Rochester, New York 132
95th Columbus, Ohio 132
96th Tulsa, Oklahoma 132
97th Louisville, Kentucky 132
98th Richmond, Virginia 132
99th Lincoln, Nebraska 132
100th Raleigh, North Carolina 132
101st Provo, Utah 130
102nd Indianapolis, Indiana 130
103rd Birmingham, Alabama 130
104th Wichita, Kansas 129
105th San Antonio, Texas 129
106th Greensboro, North Carolina 129
107th Spokane, Washington 129
108th Albuquerque, New Mexico 129
109th Memphis, Tennessee 128
110th Gainesville, Florida 127
111th Chattanooga, Tennessee 127
112th Knoxville, Tennessee 126
113th Arlington, Texas 126
114th Iowa City, Iowa 126
115th Huntsville, Alabama 125
116th Flint, Michigan 125
117th Toledo, Ohio 125
118th Akron, Ohio 125
119th Greenville, South Carolina 122
120th El Paso, Texas 122
121st Detroit, Michigan 122
122nd Springfield, Illinois 122
123rd Omaha, Nebraska 121
124th Boise, Idaho 121
125th Lawrence, Kansas 120
126th Tucson, Arizona 119
127th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 118
128th Fort Wayne, Indiana 117
129th Lexington, Kentucky 117
130th McAllen, Texas 116
131st Augusta, Georgia 113
132nd 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
Durango, Colorado 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 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 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 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. Wichita, Kansas Wilmington, Delaware
Youngstown, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio

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Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Boston, Massachusetts costs $2.35 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Boston, Massachusetts costs $120 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Boston, Massachusetts costs $50 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Boston, Massachusetts costs $45 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania costs $1,500 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 900 sqft in New York City costs $203 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 900 sqft in New York City costs $3,050 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in New York City costs $3,354 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in New York City costs $3,354 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in New York City costs $15 (about 16 hours ago)