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 $4.56
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.18
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.04
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.59
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.37
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 $2,036
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,571
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $177
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,574
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,121
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $122
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $335
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $118
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 $115
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,271
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.77
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) $19
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $111
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.51
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.09
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.45
Tube of toothpaste $1.85
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) $173
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 $4.87
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.88
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $427
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.34
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 258
2nd Mountain View, California 252
3rd Babylon, New York 251
4th Palo Alto, California 251
5th San Francisco, California 242
6th Walnut Creek, California 237
7th New York City 237
8th Waterbury, Connecticut 235
9th Montclair, New Jersey 222
10th Berkeley, California 221
11th Washington D.C. 212
12th San Jose, California 208
13th Los Angeles, California 203
14th Oakland, California 203
15th Honolulu, Hawaii 202
16th Jersey City, New Jersey 200
17th Seattle, Washington 198
18th Boston, Massachusetts 196
19th Santa Ana, California 194
20th Boulder, Colorado 194
21st Santa Cruz, California 193
22nd Cocoa Beach, Florida 193
23rd Chicago, Illinois 189
24th Miami, Florida 187
25th Denver, Colorado 183
26th Irvine, California 181
27th San Diego, California 181
28th Sacramento, California 177
29th Portland, Oregon 177
30th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 176
31st Anchorage, Alaska 175
32nd Eugene, Oregon 174
33rd Asheville, North Carolina 174
34th Tacoma, Washington 172
35th Newark, New Jersey 171
36th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 171
37th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 169
38th Hartford, Connecticut 167
39th Palm Springs, California 166
40th Pensacola, Florida 166
41st Atlanta, Georgia 166
42nd Bozeman, Montana 165
43rd Nashville, Tennessee 164
44th Burlington, Vermont 164
45th Charleston, South Carolina 163
46th Baltimore, Maryland 163
47th Fort Worth, Texas 162
48th Salt Lake City, Utah 162
49th Kodiak, Alaska 161
50th Riverside, California 161
51st Baton Rouge, Louisiana 160
52nd Long Beach, California 159
53rd Providence, Rhode Island 159
54th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 159
55th Dallas, Texas 159
56th San Luis Obispo, California 158
57th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 158
58th Santa Fe, New Mexico 157
59th Vancouver, Washington 156
60th New Haven, Connecticut 156
61st New Orleans, Louisiana 155
62nd Scottsdale, Arizona 155
63rd Austin, Texas 154
64th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 154
65th Madison, Wisconsin 154
66th Orlando, Florida 153
67th Phoenix, Arizona 153
68th Charlotte, North Carolina 152
69th Las Vegas, Nevada 152
70th Fresno, California 152
71st Virginia Beach, Virginia 152
72nd Colorado Springs, Colorado 151
73rd Reno, Nevada 151
74th Savannah, Georgia 151
75th Raleigh, North Carolina 151
76th Ann Arbor, Michigan 151
77th Cleveland, Ohio 150
78th Tempe, Arizona 150
79th Grand Rapids 149
80th Albany, New York 148
81st Tampa, Florida 147
82nd Durham, North Carolina 147
83rd Shreveport, Louisiana 147
84th St. Louis, Missouri 146
85th Houston, Texas 146
86th Columbus, Ohio 145
87th Little Rock, Arkansas 144
88th Kansas City, Missouri 144
89th Ithaca, New York 144
90th Richmond, Virginia 144
91st Des Moines, Iowa 143
92nd Cincinnati, Ohio 142
93rd Buffalo, New York 142
94th Charlottesville, Virginia 141
95th Tallahassee, Florida 140
96th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 140
97th Provo, Utah 140
98th Allentown, Pennsylvania 140
99th Jackson, Mississippi 140
100th Tulsa, Oklahoma 139
101st Modesto, California 139
102nd San Antonio, Texas 139
103rd St. Petersburg, Florida 139
104th Bakersfield, California 138
105th Wichita, Kansas 138
106th Roanoke, Virginia 138
107th Fort Collins, Colorado 137
108th Indianapolis, Indiana 137
109th Louisville, Kentucky 136
110th Augusta, Georgia 135
111th Jacksonville, Florida 135
112th Erie, Pennsylvania 135
113th Mobile, Alabama 134
114th Gainesville, Florida 133
115th Florence, Alabama 133
116th Birmingham, Alabama 133
117th Omaha, Nebraska 133
118th Chattanooga, Tennessee 132
119th Lincoln, Nebraska 132
120th Green Bay, Wisconsin 132
121st Knoxville, Tennessee 131
122nd Flint, Michigan 131
123rd Spokane, Washington 131
124th Arlington, Texas 131
125th Tucson, Arizona 131
126th Columbia, South Carolina 131
127th Memphis, Tennessee 130
128th Detroit, Michigan 129
129th Rochester, New York 129
130th Huntsville, Alabama 128
131st Boise, Idaho 128
132nd Greenville, South Carolina 127
133rd Akron, Ohio 127
134th Albuquerque, New Mexico 126
135th Greensboro, North Carolina 125
136th Toledo, Ohio 124
137th El Paso, Texas 123
138th Fort Wayne, Indiana 123
139th Lexington, Kentucky 123
140th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 122
141st McAllen, Texas 120
142nd Springfield, Missouri 117
143rd Youngstown, Ohio 117

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
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 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

Recent Prices Added

  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $10 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $10 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $1,017 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania costs $1,525 (about 13 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Houston, Texas costs $1.25 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in San Jose, California costs $260 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Boston, Massachusetts costs $100 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 480 sqft in Boston, Massachusetts costs $81 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in normal area in Boston, Massachusetts costs $1,715 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in expensive area in Boston, Massachusetts costs $2,523 (about 19 hours ago)

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