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 $4.42
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.89
12 eggs, large $3.26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.58
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 $1.89
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.04
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,093
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,548
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 $1,563
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,086
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $115
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $368
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) $48
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $47
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $114
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,064
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.64
Monthly ticket public transport $92
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) $107
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.75
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.27
Tube of toothpaste $1.77
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $43
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 $78
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.66
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.64
iPod nano 16GB $151
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.29
1 month of gym membership in business district $53
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7

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 272
2nd Bridgeport, Connecticut 269
3rd New York City 264
4th San Francisco, California 254
5th Walnut Creek, California 247
6th Mountain View, California 242
7th Washington D.C. 242
8th Berkeley, California 235
9th Honolulu, Hawaii 230
10th San Jose, California 224
11th Boston, Massachusetts 215
12th Maui 211
13th Los Angeles, California 209
14th Jersey City, New Jersey 208
15th Oakland, California 203
16th Seattle, Washington 202
17th San Diego, California 201
18th Santa Ana, California 200
19th Billings, Montana 200
20th Chicago, Illinois 199
21st Boulder, Colorado 197
22nd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 194
23rd Sacramento, California 191
24th Miami, Florida 189
25th Portland, Oregon 188
26th Anchorage, Alaska 186
27th Denver, Colorado 185
28th Irvine, California 183
29th San Luis Obispo, California 180
30th Newark, New Jersey 179
31st Tyler, Texas 178
32nd Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 177
33rd Baltimore, Maryland 176
34th Atlanta, Georgia 176
35th Long Beach, California 175
36th Providence, Rhode Island 174
37th Hartford, Connecticut 173
38th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 173
39th Tacoma, Washington 173
40th Burlington 172
41st Fort Lauderdale, Florida 172
42nd Dallas, Texas 171
43rd Austin, Texas 171
44th Houston, Texas 170
45th Arcata, California 170
46th Charleston, South Carolina 169
47th Charlotte, North Carolina 168
48th Baton Rouge, Louisiana 167
49th Savannah, Georgia 167
50th New Orleans, Louisiana 167
51st Nashville, Tennessee 166
52nd Grand Rapids 164
53rd Madison, Wisconsin 164
54th Virginia Beach, Virginia 163
55th Salt Lake City, Utah 163
56th Fort Worth, Texas 162
57th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 162
58th Albany, New York 161
59th Durham, North Carolina 160
60th Las Vegas, Nevada 159
61st Scottsdale, Arizona 157
62nd Tampa, Florida 157
63rd Riverside, California 157
64th St. Louis, Missouri 156
65th Reno, Nevada 156
66th Ann Arbor, Michigan 156
67th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 156
68th Cleveland, Ohio 155
69th Jacksonville, Florida 155
70th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 154
71st Richmond, Virginia 154
72nd Charlottesville, Virginia 154
73rd Orlando, Florida 152
74th Asheville, North Carolina 152
75th Bakersfield, California 152
76th Jackson, Mississippi 152
77th Buffalo, New York 151
78th Traverse City, Michigan 151
79th Fresno, California 150
80th Cincinnati, Ohio 150
81st Colorado Springs, Colorado 149
82nd Tulsa, Oklahoma 149
83rd Raleigh, North Carolina 148
84th Kansas City, Missouri 148
85th Fort Collins, Colorado 148
86th Albuquerque, New Mexico 148
87th Omaha, Nebraska 147
88th Wichita, Kansas 147
89th Eugene, Oregon 147
90th Columbus, Ohio 147
91st Phoenix, Arizona 146
92nd Rochester, New York 146
93rd Des Moines, Iowa 146
94th Birmingham, Alabama 145
95th Indianapolis, Indiana 145
96th Akron, Ohio 145
97th Tallahassee, Florida 145
98th Little Rock, Arkansas 144
99th Spokane, Washington 143
100th Lincoln, Nebraska 142
101st Greensboro, North Carolina 142
102nd Greenville, South Carolina 142
103rd San Antonio, Texas 141
104th Wilmington, Delaware 141
105th Gainesville, Florida 141
106th Memphis, Tennessee 140
107th Toledo, Ohio 139
108th Huntsville, Alabama 138
109th Knoxville, Tennessee 138
110th Louisville, Kentucky 137
111th Chattanooga, Tennessee 135
112th Flint, Michigan 134
113th El Paso, Texas 133
114th Boise, Idaho 133
115th Tucson, Arizona 132
116th Detroit, Michigan 132
117th Lexington, Kentucky 131
118th Fort Wayne, Indiana 130
119th Iowa City, Iowa 127
120th Cedar Falls, Iowa 114

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
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
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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Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Boston, Massachusetts costs $85 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $10 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $4.50 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $75 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $150 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $22 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $0.90 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 16 oz of bread in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $2.20 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Honolulu, Hawaii costs $16 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Washington D.C. costs $75 (about 20 hours ago)

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