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 $4.60
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.92
12 eggs, large $3.23
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.07
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.71
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.95
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.15
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,047
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,583
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $172
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,587
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,111
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $117
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $350
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $120
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) $45
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $118
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,129
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.70
Monthly ticket public transport $86
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) $109
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.54
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.92
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.33
Tube of toothpaste $1.79
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $169
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 $4.79
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.70
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.56
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 Babylon, New York 231
2nd San Francisco, California 230
3rd New York City 229
4th Palo Alto, California 228
5th Walnut Creek, California 221
6th Berkeley, California 209
7th Mountain View, California 208
8th Washington D.C. 207
9th Waterbury, Connecticut 193
10th San Jose, California 191
11th Oakland, California 190
12th Honolulu, Hawaii 190
13th Boston, Massachusetts 189
14th Maui 188
15th Seattle, Washington 188
16th Jersey City, New Jersey 185
17th Los Angeles, California 184
18th Cocoa Beach, Florida 182
19th Santa Cruz, California 178
20th Santa Ana, California 177
21st Boulder, Colorado 176
22nd Chicago, Illinois 175
23rd Irvine, California 173
24th Nantucket 173
25th San Diego, California 172
26th Portland, Oregon 168
27th Newark, New Jersey 167
28th Miami, Florida 165
29th Anchorage, Alaska 164
30th Sacramento, California 164
31st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 164
32nd Denver, Colorado 162
33rd Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 161
34th Pensacola, Florida 161
35th Baltimore, Maryland 156
36th Burlington, Vermont 155
37th Tacoma, Washington 155
38th Bozeman, Montana 154
39th San Luis Obispo, California 152
40th Charleston, South Carolina 150
41st Dallas, Texas 150
42nd Nashville, Tennessee 150
43rd Atlanta, Georgia 149
44th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 148
45th New Orleans, Louisiana 148
46th Traverse City, Michigan 148
47th Hartford, Connecticut 148
48th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 147
49th Santa Fe, New Mexico 145
50th Long Beach, California 145
51st Providence, Rhode Island 144
52nd Vancouver, Washington 144
53rd Fort Worth, Texas 144
54th Ann Arbor, Michigan 144
55th Austin, Texas 143
56th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 143
57th Orlando, Florida 143
58th Kodiak, Alaska 143
59th Colorado Springs, Colorado 142
60th Houston, Texas 142
61st Madison, Wisconsin 142
62nd Durham, North Carolina 142
63rd Charlotte, North Carolina 141
64th Savannah, Georgia 141
65th Las Vegas, Nevada 141
66th Wilmington, Delaware 140
67th Eugene, Oregon 140
68th Albany, New York 140
69th Tempe, Arizona 139
70th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 138
71st Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 138
72nd Salt Lake City, Utah 137
73rd Riverside, California 137
74th Richmond, Virginia 137
75th Reno, Nevada 136
76th New Haven, Connecticut 136
77th Allentown, Pennsylvania 136
78th Kansas City, Missouri 135
79th Buffalo, New York 135
80th Scottsdale, Arizona 135
81st Milwaukee, Wisconsin 135
82nd Grand Rapids 134
83rd Raleigh, North Carolina 134
84th Cincinnati, Ohio 134
85th Asheville, North Carolina 134
86th Tampa, Florida 134
87th Fort Collins, Colorado 133
88th Provo, Utah 133
89th Virginia Beach, Virginia 133
90th Shreveport, Louisiana 133
91st Phoenix, Arizona 132
92nd Cleveland, Ohio 132
93rd Fresno, California 132
94th St. Louis, Missouri 131
95th Bakersfield, California 131
96th Jackson, Mississippi 130
97th Des Moines, Iowa 130
98th Louisville, Kentucky 130
99th Little Rock, Arkansas 128
100th Indianapolis, Indiana 127
101st Jacksonville, Florida 127
102nd Columbus, Ohio 127
103rd San Antonio, Texas 126
104th Birmingham, Alabama 126
105th Tulsa, Oklahoma 126
106th Lincoln, Nebraska 124
107th Spokane, Washington 123
108th Boise, Idaho 123
109th Wichita, Kansas 122
110th Tucson, Arizona 122
111th Albuquerque, New Mexico 122
112th Rochester, New York 122
113th Knoxville, Tennessee 121
114th Chattanooga, Tennessee 121
115th Gainesville, Florida 121
116th Iowa City, Iowa 121
117th Memphis, Tennessee 121
118th Huntsville, Alabama 120
119th Arlington, Texas 120
120th Flint, Michigan 120
121st Greenville, South Carolina 119
122nd Detroit, Michigan 119
123rd Greensboro, North Carolina 119
124th Springfield, Illinois 118
125th Akron, Ohio 117
126th Springfield, Missouri 117
127th Toledo, Ohio 116
128th Green Bay, Wisconsin 116
129th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 116
130th Omaha, Nebraska 116
131st Lawrence, Kansas 115
132nd Augusta, Georgia 114
133rd Fort Wayne, Indiana 114
134th El Paso, Texas 113
135th Lexington, Kentucky 112
136th McAllen, Texas 111
137th Cedar Falls, Iowa 102

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
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
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 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 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.
Waterbury, Connecticut Wichita, Kansas Wilmington, Delaware
Youngstown, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio

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