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 $4.45
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.55
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 $1.87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.03
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,104
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 $173
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,568
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,094
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $116
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen TV $370
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $123
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) $47
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $114
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,131
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.64
Monthly ticket public transport $93
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, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.74
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.24
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 $77
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.67
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.62
iPod nano 16GB $150
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district $53
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7

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 273
2nd Bridgeport, Connecticut 271
3rd New York City 264
4th San Francisco, California 258
5th Washington D.C. 249
6th Walnut Creek, California 246
7th Mountain View, California 243
8th Billings, Montana 243
9th Berkeley, California 237
10th Honolulu, Hawaii 227
11th San Jose, California 227
12th Boston, Massachusetts 215
13th Maui 211
14th Los Angeles, California 209
15th Jersey City, New Jersey 208
16th Seattle, Washington 204
17th Oakland, California 203
18th San Diego, California 200
19th Santa Ana, California 200
20th Chicago, Illinois 198
21st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 197
22nd Boulder, Colorado 197
23rd Sacramento, California 193
24th Miami, Florida 189
25th Portland, Oregon 189
26th Anchorage, Alaska 188
27th Denver, Colorado 187
28th Newark, New Jersey 181
29th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 179
30th Long Beach, California 178
31st Tyler, Texas 178
32nd Providence, Rhode Island 175
33rd Atlanta, Georgia 175
34th Hartford, Connecticut 175
35th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 175
36th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 174
37th Dallas, Texas 173
38th Burlington 173
39th Baltimore, Maryland 172
40th Nashville, Tennessee 172
41st Charleston, South Carolina 171
42nd Arcata, California 171
43rd Houston, Texas 171
44th New Orleans, Louisiana 170
45th Austin, Texas 170
46th Tacoma, Washington 169
47th Charlotte, North Carolina 168
48th Savannah, Georgia 167
49th Albany, New York 166
50th Madison, Wisconsin 165
51st Virginia Beach, Virginia 163
52nd Ann Arbor, Michigan 162
53rd Fort Worth, Texas 162
54th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 161
55th Durham, North Carolina 161
56th Las Vegas, Nevada 160
57th Salt Lake City, Utah 160
58th Tampa, Florida 159
59th Reno, Nevada 159
60th Grand Rapids 159
61st Scottsdale, Arizona 157
62nd Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 157
63rd Jacksonville, Florida 157
64th Riverside, California 157
65th St. Louis, Missouri 156
66th Cleveland, Ohio 156
67th Charlottesville, Virginia 155
68th Buffalo, New York 155
69th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 155
70th Richmond, Virginia 154
71st Asheville, North Carolina 153
72nd Bakersfield, California 153
73rd Orlando, Florida 153
74th Fresno, California 152
75th Colorado Springs, Colorado 152
76th Cincinnati, Ohio 152
77th Traverse City, Michigan 152
78th Jackson, Mississippi 151
79th Tallahassee, Florida 151
80th Tulsa, Oklahoma 149
81st Raleigh, North Carolina 149
82nd Fort Collins, Colorado 148
83rd Kansas City, Missouri 148
84th Eugene, Oregon 148
85th Phoenix, Arizona 147
86th Albuquerque, New Mexico 147
87th Wichita, Kansas 147
88th Indianapolis, Indiana 146
89th Spokane, Washington 146
90th Columbus, Ohio 145
91st Rochester, New York 144
92nd San Antonio, Texas 144
93rd Lincoln, Nebraska 144
94th Birmingham, Alabama 144
95th Little Rock, Arkansas 144
96th Omaha, Nebraska 143
97th Gainesville, Florida 143
98th Des Moines, Iowa 143
99th Greenville, South Carolina 142
100th Greensboro, North Carolina 142
101st Akron, Ohio 141
102nd Knoxville, Tennessee 141
103rd Memphis, Tennessee 141
104th Tucson, Arizona 139
105th Toledo, Ohio 138
106th Huntsville, Alabama 138
107th Chattanooga, Tennessee 136
108th Louisville, Kentucky 136
109th Flint, Michigan 134
110th Detroit, Michigan 134
111th Boise, Idaho 133
112th Lexington, Kentucky 131
113th Fort Wayne, Indiana 130
114th Iowa City, Iowa 130
115th El Paso, Texas 128
116th Cedar Falls, Iowa 115

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.

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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
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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