Cost of living in Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.77
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.01
12 eggs, large $3.02
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.84
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.83
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.44
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.62
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.81
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,699
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,016
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $128
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,169
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $761
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $86
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $46
40” flat screen TV $358
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $153
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $10
Hourly rate for cleaning help $16
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $45
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $54
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $98
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $139
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $20,067
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.59
Monthly ticket public transport $53
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $14
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $25
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $160
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.26
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.01
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.20
Tube of toothpaste $2.32
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $19
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $34
2 tickets to the movies $23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $167
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $71
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.06
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.74
iPod nano 16GB $153
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district $41
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $4.77
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 182 prices entered by 20 different people.
Latest price update: August 18, 2017.

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