Expatistan's Cost of Living Map of North America

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This map shows only the top cities in the world. We also have 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.

Expatistan Cost of Living Index in North America

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Hamilton (Bermuda) 288
2nd Mountain View, California (United States) 245
3rd Palo Alto, California (United States) 244
4th San Francisco, California (United States) 236
5th New York City (United States) 233
6th San Jose, California (United States) 202
7th Washington D.C. (United States) 201
8th Los Angeles, California (United States) 201
9th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 198
10th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 197
11th Oakland, California (United States) 196
12th Seattle, Washington (United States) 193
13th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 190
14th Santa Cruz, California (United States) 189
15th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 188
16th Santa Ana, California (United States) 187
17th Miami, Florida (United States) 185
18th Denver, Colorado (United States) 180
19th San Diego, California (United States) 176
20th Sacramento, California (United States) 176
21st Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 174
22nd Portland, Oregon (United States) 173
23rd Eugene, Oregon (United States) 169
24th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 168
25th Newark, New Jersey (United States) 167
26th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 167
27th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 166
28th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 165
29th Toronto (Canada) 165
30th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 163
31st Vancouver (Canada) 162
32nd Bozeman, Montana (United States) 160
33rd Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 160
34th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 160
35th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 160
36th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 159
37th Providence, Rhode Island (United States) 157
38th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 156
39th Riverside, California (United States) 156
40th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 154
41st Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 154
42nd Dallas, Texas (United States) 154
43rd Mississauga (Canada) 153
44th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 153
45th Austin, Texas (United States) 152
46th Calgary (Canada) 150
47th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 149
48th St. John's, NL (Canada) 149
49th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 149
50th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 148
51st Orlando, Florida (United States) 148
52nd Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 148
53rd Reno, Nevada (United States) 147
54th Victoria (Canada) 147
55th Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) 147
56th Tempe, Arizona (United States) 147
57th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 146
58th Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 145
59th Edmonton (Canada) 145
60th Ottawa (Canada) 145
61st Houston, Texas (United States) 144
62nd Columbus, Ohio (United States) 144
63rd Winnipeg (Canada) 144
64th Tampa, Florida (United States) 143
65th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 141
66th Little Rock, Arkansas (United States) 141
67th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 140
68th Buffalo, New York (United States) 140
69th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 140
70th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 139
71st Halifax (Canada) 139
72nd Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 138
73rd Kelowna (Canada) 138
74th Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 138
75th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 136
76th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 136
77th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 136
78th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 134
79th Wichita, Kansas (United States) 133
80th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 133
81st Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 132
82nd London, Ontario (Canada) 131
83rd Montreal (Canada) 131
84th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 130
85th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 130
86th Birmingham, Alabama (United States) 129
87th Boise, Idaho (United States) 128
88th Tucson, Arizona (United States) 128
89th Quebec City (Canada) 125
90th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 124
91st Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 123
92nd Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 122
93rd Fort Wayne, Indiana (United States) 120
94th Springfield, Missouri (United States) 113

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.

What is Expatistan?

Expatistan is a cost of living calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between cities around the world. The comparisons allow you to get a better understanding of the cost of living of any city before you move there.

What makes us unique is that we collect the prices that we use to calculate our cost of living index from visitors like you. Naturally, the more data entered, the more accurate the index and the calculations will be.

That's why we need your help to keep prices accurate and up to date. You can help by entering the prices that you know in St. Louis, Missouri.

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