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 $4.41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.33
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.62
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.50
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.06
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,080
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,533
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $170
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,534
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,073
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $111
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $372
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $121
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 $116
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,021
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.64
Monthly ticket public transport $90
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) $108
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.76
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.23
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 $77
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.66
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.57
iPod nano 16GB $150
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.27
1 month of gym membership in business district $52
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 Bridgeport, Connecticut 262
2nd Palo Alto, California 255
3rd New York City 245
4th San Francisco, California 238
5th Walnut Creek, California 231
6th Mountain View, California 229
7th Washington D.C. 228
8th Berkeley, California 220
9th San Jose, California 212
10th Honolulu, Hawaii 208
11th Oakland, California 203
12th Boston, Massachusetts 201
13th Maui 199
14th Jersey City, New Jersey 195
15th Los Angeles, California 194
16th Seattle, Washington 192
17th San Diego, California 188
18th Billings, Montana 187
19th Santa Ana, California 186
20th Santa Cruz, California 186
21st Chicago, Illinois 185
22nd Boulder, Colorado 182
23rd Traverse City, Michigan 182
24th Sacramento, California 179
25th Portland, Oregon 177
26th Arcata, California 177
27th Newark, New Jersey 176
28th Anchorage, Alaska 175
29th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 175
30th Denver, Colorado 174
31st Miami, Florida 174
32nd Irvine, California 173
33rd San Luis Obispo, California 167
34th Long Beach, California 166
35th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 164
36th Baltimore, Maryland 164
37th Atlanta, Georgia 163
38th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 162
39th Providence, Rhode Island 162
40th Hartford, Connecticut 162
41st Dallas, Texas 161
42nd Burlington 158
43rd Tacoma, Washington 158
44th New Orleans, Louisiana 158
45th Austin, Texas 157
46th Salt Lake City, Utah 157
47th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 156
48th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 156
49th Charleston, South Carolina 156
50th Savannah, Georgia 156
51st Houston, Texas 155
52nd Nashville, Tennessee 154
53rd Madison, Wisconsin 152
54th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 151
55th Albany, New York 151
56th Virginia Beach, Virginia 151
57th Tempe, Arizona 150
58th Durham, North Carolina 150
59th Grand Rapids 149
60th Charlotte, North Carolina 149
61st Fort Worth, Texas 148
62nd Tampa, Florida 147
63rd Eugene, Oregon 147
64th Ann Arbor, Michigan 147
65th Wilmington, Delaware 147
66th Scottsdale, Arizona 146
67th Riverside, California 146
68th Reno, Nevada 146
69th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 146
70th St. Louis, Missouri 145
71st Charlottesville, Virginia 145
72nd Las Vegas, Nevada 145
73rd Fresno, California 144
74th Orlando, Florida 144
75th Allentown, Pennsylvania 143
76th Cleveland, Ohio 143
77th Bakersfield, California 142
78th Little Rock, Arkansas 142
79th Kansas City, Missouri 142
80th Jacksonville, Florida 142
81st Jackson, Mississippi 141
82nd Cincinnati, Ohio 141
83rd Asheville, North Carolina 140
84th Raleigh, North Carolina 140
85th Buffalo, New York 140
86th Phoenix, Arizona 139
87th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 138
88th Colorado Springs, Colorado 138
89th Fort Collins, Colorado 138
90th Tulsa, Oklahoma 137
91st Columbus, Ohio 137
92nd Richmond, Virginia 137
93rd Rochester, New York 136
94th Wichita, Kansas 136
95th Des Moines, Iowa 136
96th Tallahassee, Florida 136
97th Akron, Ohio 135
98th Birmingham, Alabama 134
99th Indianapolis, Indiana 134
100th Albuquerque, New Mexico 133
101st Greensboro, North Carolina 133
102nd Lincoln, Nebraska 133
103rd Springfield, Massachusetts 133
104th San Antonio, Texas 132
105th Gainesville, Florida 132
106th Spokane, Washington 132
107th Memphis, Tennessee 132
108th Greenville, South Carolina 131
109th Chattanooga, Tennessee 131
110th Omaha, Nebraska 130
111th Knoxville, Tennessee 130
112th Iowa City, Iowa 130
113th Toledo, Ohio 130
114th Louisville, Kentucky 129
115th Arlington, Texas 129
116th Huntsville, Alabama 128
117th Flint, Michigan 127
118th Lawrence, Kansas 126
119th Detroit, Michigan 126
120th El Paso, Texas 126
121st Boise, Idaho 124
122nd Tucson, Arizona 123
123rd Lexington, Kentucky 122
124th Fort Wayne, Indiana 121
125th McAllen, Texas 118
126th Cedar Falls, Iowa 108

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.

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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 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 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 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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