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) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.52
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.19
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.99
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 $3.63
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,046
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,576
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $176
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,586
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,129
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $119
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $328
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $120
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $23
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) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $115
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,381
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.78
Monthly ticket public transport $85
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) $111
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.) $5.13
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.47
Tube of toothpaste $1.87
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $45
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $174
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $79
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.89
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.95
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $422
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.36
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 Nantucket 253
2nd Babylon, New York 246
3rd Mountain View, California 245
4th Palo Alto, California 244
5th San Francisco, California 236
6th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 236
7th Walnut Creek, California 233
8th New York City 233
9th Waterbury, Connecticut 229
10th Montclair, New Jersey 217
11th Berkeley, California 215
12th San Jose, California 202
13th Washington D.C. 201
14th Los Angeles, California 201
15th Honolulu, Hawaii 198
16th Boston, Massachusetts 197
17th Oakland, California 196
18th Seattle, Washington 193
19th Maui 192
20th Jersey City, New Jersey 190
21st Santa Cruz, California 189
22nd Chicago, Illinois 188
23rd Santa Ana, California 187
24th Cocoa Beach, Florida 187
25th Boulder, Colorado 186
26th Miami, Florida 185
27th Denver, Colorado 180
28th Irvine, California 179
29th San Diego, California 176
30th Sacramento, California 176
31st Anchorage, Alaska 174
32nd Portland, Oregon 173
33rd Eugene, Oregon 169
34th Asheville, North Carolina 169
35th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 167
36th Newark, New Jersey 167
37th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 167
38th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 166
39th Tacoma, Washington 165
40th Atlanta, Georgia 163
41st Pensacola, Florida 162
42nd Palm Springs, California 161
43rd Burlington, Vermont 161
44th Bozeman, Montana 160
45th Nashville, Tennessee 160
46th Hartford, Connecticut 160
47th Salt Lake City, Utah 160
48th Fort Worth, Texas 159
49th Charleston, South Carolina 159
50th Providence, Rhode Island 157
51st Baton Rouge, Louisiana 156
52nd Baltimore, Maryland 156
53rd Riverside, California 156
54th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 155
55th Charlotte, North Carolina 154
56th San Luis Obispo, California 154
57th Long Beach, California 154
58th Dallas, Texas 154
59th Kodiak, Alaska 154
60th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 154
61st Santa Fe, New Mexico 153
62nd New Orleans, Louisiana 153
63rd Austin, Texas 152
64th Scottsdale, Arizona 152
65th Vancouver, Washington 152
66th Las Vegas, Nevada 149
67th Phoenix, Arizona 149
68th Madison, Wisconsin 148
69th Fresno, California 148
70th Orlando, Florida 148
71st Raleigh, North Carolina 148
72nd St. Petersburg, Florida 147
73rd Savannah, Georgia 147
74th Reno, Nevada 147
75th Colorado Springs, Colorado 147
76th Ann Arbor, Michigan 147
77th Tempe, Arizona 146
78th Grand Rapids 146
79th Cleveland, Ohio 146
80th Virginia Beach, Virginia 146
81st Ithaca, New York 145
82nd Shreveport, Louisiana 145
83rd Albany, New York 145
84th Houston, Texas 145
85th Columbus, Ohio 144
86th Durham, North Carolina 144
87th Tampa, Florida 143
88th Kansas City, Missouri 141
89th Little Rock, Arkansas 141
90th Richmond, Virginia 140
91st Des Moines, Iowa 140
92nd St. Louis, Missouri 140
93rd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 139
94th Buffalo, New York 138
95th Cincinnati, Ohio 138
96th Tulsa, Oklahoma 138
97th Provo, Utah 137
98th Charlottesville, Virginia 137
99th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 136
100th Indianapolis, Indiana 136
101st San Antonio, Texas 135
102nd Modesto, California 135
103rd Bakersfield, California 135
104th Tallahassee, Florida 135
105th Fort Collins, Colorado 134
106th Jackson, Mississippi 134
107th Louisville, Kentucky 134
108th Wichita, Kansas 134
109th Roanoke, Virginia 133
110th Jacksonville, Florida 133
111th Erie, Pennsylvania 132
112th Omaha, Nebraska 132
113th Knoxville, Tennessee 131
114th Greenville, South Carolina 130
115th Chattanooga, Tennessee 130
116th Florence, Alabama 130
117th Birmingham, Alabama 129
118th Lincoln, Nebraska 129
119th Gainesville, Florida 128
120th Flint, Michigan 128
121st Boise, Idaho 128
122nd Green Bay, Wisconsin 128
123rd Memphis, Tennessee 128
124th Detroit, Michigan 128
125th Columbia, South Carolina 128
126th Tucson, Arizona 128
127th Arlington, Texas 127
128th Spokane, Washington 127
129th Rochester, New York 127
130th Lynchburg, Virginia 125
131st Mobile, Alabama 125
132nd Huntsville, Alabama 125
133rd Akron, Ohio 124
134th Albuquerque, New Mexico 124
135th Greensboro, North Carolina 123
136th Toledo, Ohio 122
137th El Paso, Texas 120
138th Fort Wayne, Indiana 120
139th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 119
140th McAllen, Texas 118
141st Lexington, Kentucky 117
142nd Youngstown, Ohio 115
143rd Springfield, Missouri 113

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
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 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
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 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 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

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