Cost of living in Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.67
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.91
12 eggs, large $2.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.54
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.81
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.40
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,182
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $870
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $113
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $888
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $623
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $78
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $42
40” flat screen TV $349
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $134
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $10
Hourly rate for cleaning help $15
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $39
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $44
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $74
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $79
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,171
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.57
Monthly ticket public transport $48
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $12
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $13
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $99
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $5.23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.87
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.36
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.66
Tube of toothpaste $2.02
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $16
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $36
2 tickets to the movies $21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $153
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $58
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.42
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.08
iPod nano 16GB $125
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.86
1 month of gym membership in business district $43
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 233 prices entered by 32 different people.
Latest price update: July 25, 2017.

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