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 $4.46
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.31
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.55
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 $1.87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.02
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,106
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,546
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 $1,570
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 $371
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) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $114
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,100
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.) $4.76
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.26
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) $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.) $5.61
iPod nano 16GB $150
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district $54
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 270
2nd Bridgeport, Connecticut 268
3rd New York City 262
4th San Francisco, California 255
5th Washington D.C. 247
6th Walnut Creek, California 244
7th Mountain View, California 244
8th Billings, Montana 241
9th San Jose, California 227
10th Berkeley, California 226
11th Honolulu, Hawaii 226
12th Boston, Massachusetts 213
13th Maui 209
14th Los Angeles, California 207
15th Jersey City, New Jersey 206
16th Seattle, Washington 202
17th Oakland, California 201
18th San Diego, California 199
19th Santa Ana, California 197
20th Chicago, Illinois 196
21st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 196
22nd Boulder, Colorado 195
23rd Sacramento, California 191
24th Miami, Florida 188
25th Portland, Oregon 187
26th Anchorage, Alaska 186
27th Denver, Colorado 185
28th Newark, New Jersey 179
29th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 177
30th Long Beach, California 176
31st Tyler, Texas 176
32nd Providence, Rhode Island 174
33rd Fort Lauderdale, Florida 174
34th Atlanta, Georgia 174
35th Hartford, Connecticut 173
36th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 172
37th Dallas, Texas 171
38th Burlington 171
39th Baltimore, Maryland 170
40th Nashville, Tennessee 170
41st Houston, Texas 169
42nd Arcata, California 169
43rd Austin, Texas 168
44th New Orleans, Louisiana 168
45th Tacoma, Washington 168
46th Charlotte, North Carolina 167
47th Savannah, Georgia 165
48th Albany, New York 164
49th Madison, Wisconsin 163
50th Virginia Beach, Virginia 162
51st Ann Arbor, Michigan 160
52nd Fort Worth, Texas 160
53rd Baton Rouge, Louisiana 160
54th Durham, North Carolina 160
55th Las Vegas, Nevada 159
56th Salt Lake City, Utah 158
57th Tampa, Florida 157
58th Reno, Nevada 157
59th Grand Rapids 157
60th Scottsdale, Arizona 155
61st Jacksonville, Florida 155
62nd Riverside, California 155
63rd St. Louis, Missouri 154
64th Cleveland, Ohio 154
65th Charlottesville, Virginia 154
66th Buffalo, New York 153
67th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 153
68th Richmond, Virginia 152
69th Asheville, North Carolina 152
70th Bakersfield, California 151
71st Orlando, Florida 151
72nd Fresno, California 151
73rd Colorado Springs, Colorado 150
74th Traverse City, Michigan 150
75th Jackson, Mississippi 150
76th Cincinnati, Ohio 150
77th Tulsa, Oklahoma 149
78th Tallahassee, Florida 149
79th Raleigh, North Carolina 148
80th Phoenix, Arizona 147
81st Fort Collins, Colorado 147
82nd Kansas City, Missouri 147
83rd Eugene, Oregon 147
84th Albuquerque, New Mexico 146
85th Wichita, Kansas 146
86th Rochester, New York 145
87th Indianapolis, Indiana 144
88th Spokane, Washington 144
89th Columbus, Ohio 143
90th San Antonio, Texas 143
91st Lincoln, Nebraska 143
92nd Birmingham, Alabama 142
93rd Little Rock, Arkansas 142
94th Omaha, Nebraska 142
95th Des Moines, Iowa 142
96th Gainesville, Florida 141
97th Greensboro, North Carolina 141
98th Greenville, South Carolina 141
99th Akron, Ohio 140
100th Memphis, Tennessee 139
101st Knoxville, Tennessee 139
102nd Tucson, Arizona 139
103rd Toledo, Ohio 137
104th Huntsville, Alabama 137
105th Louisville, Kentucky 134
106th Chattanooga, Tennessee 134
107th Flint, Michigan 133
108th Boise, Idaho 132
109th Detroit, Michigan 131
110th Iowa City, Iowa 129
111th Lexington, Kentucky 129
112th Fort Wayne, Indiana 129
113th El Paso, Texas 126
114th Cedar Falls, Iowa 114

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
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

  • 12 eggs, large in Des Moines, Iowa costs $1.60 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of whole fat milk in Des Moines, Iowa costs $0.63 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast in Des Moines, Iowa costs $4.40 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Des Moines, Iowa costs $6.00 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Des Moines, Iowa costs $12 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in New York City costs $13 (about 14 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in New York City costs $2.75 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Public transport in New York City costs $135 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Houston, Texas costs $65 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Ipod nano 16gb in San Antonio, California costs $150 (about 15 hours ago)

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