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 $4.52
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.36
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.65
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 $1.92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,070
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,560
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $171
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,533
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,079
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $113
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $359
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) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $117
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,760
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.67
Monthly ticket public transport $88
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, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.82
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.30
Tube of toothpaste $1.79
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) $156
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 $4.69
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.64
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $430
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district $51
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 Palo Alto, California 241
2nd New York City 239
3rd Walnut Creek, California 236
4th San Francisco, California 233
5th Washington D.C. 222
6th Mountain View, California 221
7th San Jose, California 202
8th Honolulu, Hawaii 202
9th Oakland, California 200
10th Maui 195
11th Jersey City, New Jersey 193
12th Boston, Massachusetts 193
13th Seattle, Washington 190
14th Los Angeles, California 188
15th Santa Cruz, California 186
16th Chicago, Illinois 183
17th San Diego, California 182
18th Santa Ana, California 178
19th Boulder, Colorado 177
20th Irvine, California 173
21st Portland, Oregon 173
22nd Newark, New Jersey 172
23rd Miami, Florida 172
24th Anchorage, Alaska 172
25th Billings, Montana 171
26th Arcata, California 171
27th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 169
28th Denver, Colorado 167
29th San Luis Obispo, California 165
30th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 165
31st Sacramento, California 165
32nd Baltimore, Maryland 165
33rd Hartford, Connecticut 160
34th Atlanta, Georgia 157
35th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 157
36th Long Beach, California 156
37th Traverse City, Michigan 154
38th Austin, Texas 153
39th Tacoma, Washington 153
40th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 153
41st New Orleans, Louisiana 152
42nd Santa Fe, New Mexico 152
43rd Burlington, Vermont 151
44th Charleston, South Carolina 151
45th Nashville, Tennessee 150
46th Dallas, Texas 150
47th Albany, New York 149
48th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 149
49th Providence, Rhode Island 149
50th Savannah, Georgia 148
51st Salt Lake City, Utah 148
52nd Fort Worth, Texas 148
53rd Houston, Texas 147
54th Grand Rapids 146
55th Madison, Wisconsin 146
56th Tempe, Arizona 145
57th Durham, North Carolina 145
58th Shreveport, Louisiana 144
59th Wilmington, Delaware 144
60th Ann Arbor, Michigan 144
61st Riverside, California 143
62nd Scottsdale, Arizona 143
63rd Charlotte, North Carolina 142
64th Eugene, Oregon 141
65th Las Vegas, Nevada 141
66th Tampa, Florida 141
67th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 141
68th Reno, Nevada 140
69th Little Rock, Arkansas 140
70th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 140
71st Fresno, California 139
72nd St. Louis, Missouri 139
73rd Cleveland, Ohio 139
74th Bakersfield, California 138
75th Virginia Beach, Virginia 138
76th Jackson, Mississippi 138
77th Colorado Springs, Colorado 138
78th Charlottesville, Virginia 138
79th Cincinnati, Ohio 137
80th Orlando, Florida 137
81st Asheville, North Carolina 137
82nd Fort Collins, Colorado 137
83rd Kansas City, Missouri 137
84th Allentown, Pennsylvania 136
85th Des Moines, Iowa 136
86th Jacksonville, Florida 135
87th Phoenix, Arizona 135
88th Buffalo, New York 135
89th Raleigh, North Carolina 134
90th Springfield, Massachusetts 133
91st Columbus, Ohio 133
92nd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 132
93rd Rochester, New York 132
94th Louisville, Kentucky 132
95th Richmond, Virginia 132
96th Tulsa, Oklahoma 132
97th Lincoln, Nebraska 131
98th San Antonio, Texas 130
99th Provo, Utah 130
100th Indianapolis, Indiana 130
101st Birmingham, Alabama 130
102nd Spokane, Washington 129
103rd Wichita, Kansas 129
104th Albuquerque, New Mexico 128
105th Memphis, Tennessee 128
106th Knoxville, Tennessee 127
107th Greensboro, North Carolina 127
108th Chattanooga, Tennessee 127
109th Gainesville, Florida 126
110th Arlington, Texas 126
111th Toledo, Ohio 125
112th Iowa City, Iowa 125
113th Huntsville, Alabama 124
114th Akron, Ohio 124
115th Flint, Michigan 124
116th Greenville, South Carolina 122
117th Springfield, Illinois 121
118th El Paso, Texas 121
119th Detroit, Michigan 121
120th Boise, Idaho 121
121st Lawrence, Kansas 120
122nd Cedar Rapids, Iowa 119
123rd Tucson, Arizona 119
124th Omaha, Nebraska 119
125th Lexington, Kentucky 117
126th Fort Wayne, Indiana 117
127th McAllen, Texas 115
128th Augusta, Georgia 114
129th Cedar Falls, Iowa 106

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

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