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 $4.61
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.91
12 eggs, large $3.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.66
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.93
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,026
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,559
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $174
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,566
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,107
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $120
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $346
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $121
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $23
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 $22,031
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.72
Monthly ticket public transport $87
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) $110
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.) $5.08
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.38
Tube of toothpaste $1.84
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 $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $168
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 $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.78
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.72
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.28
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 250
2nd Palo Alto, California 242
3rd San Francisco, California 239
4th Walnut Creek, California 236
5th New York City 233
6th Mountain View, California 226
7th Berkeley, California 222
8th Washington D.C. 220
9th Oakland, California 207
10th San Jose, California 204
11th Honolulu, Hawaii 199
12th Seattle, Washington 199
13th Boston, Massachusetts 198
14th Waterbury, Connecticut 197
15th Maui 197
16th Los Angeles, California 194
17th Cocoa Beach, Florida 193
18th Santa Ana, California 193
19th Jersey City, New Jersey 193
20th Boulder, Colorado 190
21st Chicago, Illinois 190
22nd Santa Cruz, California 188
23rd San Diego, California 185
24th Irvine, California 181
25th Nantucket 179
26th Miami, Florida 179
27th Anchorage, Alaska 177
28th Newark, New Jersey 177
29th Portland, Oregon 176
30th Asheville, North Carolina 174
31st Pensacola, Florida 174
32nd Denver, Colorado 172
33rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 171
34th Sacramento, California 170
35th Bozeman, Montana 167
36th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 164
37th Tacoma, Washington 164
38th Burlington, Vermont 164
39th Baltimore, Maryland 162
40th Nashville, Tennessee 160
41st Charleston, South Carolina 160
42nd San Luis Obispo, California 159
43rd Orlando, Florida 159
44th Salt Lake City, Utah 159
45th New Haven, Connecticut 159
46th New Orleans, Louisiana 158
47th Atlanta, Georgia 158
48th Hartford, Connecticut 158
49th Long Beach, California 158
50th Riverside, California 157
51st Fort Lauderdale, Florida 157
52nd Charlotte, North Carolina 157
53rd Providence, Rhode Island 157
54th Vancouver, Washington 157
55th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 156
56th Dallas, Texas 156
57th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 156
58th Fort Worth, Texas 156
59th Santa Fe, New Mexico 154
60th Austin, Texas 152
61st Milwaukee, Wisconsin 152
62nd Scottsdale, Arizona 151
63rd Savannah, Georgia 151
64th Ann Arbor, Michigan 151
65th Eugene, Oregon 150
66th Albany, New York 150
67th Madison, Wisconsin 150
68th Houston, Texas 150
69th Colorado Springs, Colorado 149
70th Virginia Beach, Virginia 148
71st Durham, North Carolina 148
72nd Las Vegas, Nevada 148
73rd Richmond, Virginia 148
74th Kodiak, Alaska 147
75th Tempe, Arizona 147
76th Reno, Nevada 147
77th Phoenix, Arizona 146
78th Shreveport, Louisiana 146
79th Kansas City, Missouri 145
80th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 145
81st Grand Rapids 145
82nd Cleveland, Ohio 144
83rd St. Louis, Missouri 144
84th Ithaca, New York 144
85th Little Rock, Arkansas 143
86th Fresno, California 143
87th Tampa, Florida 143
88th Louisville, Kentucky 143
89th Raleigh, North Carolina 143
90th Des Moines, Iowa 142
91st Provo, Utah 142
92nd Buffalo, New York 142
93rd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 141
94th Allentown, Pennsylvania 140
95th Tallahassee, Florida 140
96th San Antonio, Texas 139
97th Cincinnati, Ohio 139
98th Bakersfield, California 139
99th Jackson, Mississippi 139
100th Fort Collins, Colorado 139
101st Jacksonville, Florida 137
102nd Tulsa, Oklahoma 136
103rd Wichita, Kansas 136
104th Indianapolis, Indiana 135
105th Erie, Pennsylvania 135
106th Birmingham, Alabama 134
107th Columbus, Ohio 134
108th Lincoln, Nebraska 133
109th Green Bay, Wisconsin 131
110th Tucson, Arizona 131
111th Boise, Idaho 131
112th Arlington, Texas 130
113th Knoxville, Tennessee 130
114th Lawrence, Kansas 130
115th Spokane, Washington 130
116th Chattanooga, Tennessee 130
117th Huntsville, Alabama 129
118th Memphis, Tennessee 129
119th Rochester, New York 129
120th Flint, Michigan 129
121st Detroit, Michigan 129
122nd Gainesville, Florida 128
123rd Albuquerque, New Mexico 127
124th Iowa City, Iowa 127
125th Akron, Ohio 126
126th Springfield, Illinois 126
127th Mobile, Alabama 126
128th Greensboro, North Carolina 125
129th Greenville, South Carolina 125
130th Omaha, Nebraska 125
131st Toledo, Ohio 125
132nd Lynchburg, Virginia 124
133rd El Paso, Texas 123
134th Fort Wayne, Indiana 122
135th Augusta, Georgia 122
136th Lexington, Kentucky 122
137th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 122
138th Springfield, Missouri 120
139th McAllen, Texas 118
140th 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.

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

Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Wichita, Kansas costs $661 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Orlando, Florida costs $42 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 16 oz beer in neighbourhood pub in Orlando, Florida costs $8 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Orlando, Florida costs $6.00 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Orlando, Florida costs $9 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Orlando, Florida costs $65 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Orlando, Florida costs $225 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Orlando, Florida costs $21 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Orlando, Florida costs $36 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Orlando, Florida costs $225 (about 21 hours ago)

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