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) 291
2nd Mountain View, California (United States) 244
3rd San Francisco, California (United States) 241
4th Walnut Creek, California (United States) 235
5th New York City (United States) 234
6th Washington D.C. (United States) 213
7th Los Angeles, California (United States) 201
8th Oakland, California (United States) 200
9th San Jose, California (United States) 199
10th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 198
11th Seattle, Washington (United States) 196
12th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 196
13th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 196
14th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 188
15th Santa Cruz, California (United States) 188
16th Miami, Florida (United States) 184
17th San Diego, California (United States) 181
18th Denver, Colorado (United States) 179
19th Sacramento, California (United States) 175
20th Portland, Oregon (United States) 175
21st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 174
22nd Toronto (Canada) 173
23rd Eugene, Oregon (United States) 173
24th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 173
25th Vancouver (Canada) 169
26th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 168
27th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 168
28th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 168
29th Bozeman, Montana (United States) 163
30th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 162
31st Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 161
32nd Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 161
33rd Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 160
34th Charleston, South Carolina (United States) 160
35th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 160
36th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 159
37th Riverside, California (United States) 159
38th Mississauga (Canada) 159
39th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 157
40th San Luis Obispo, California (United States) 156
41st Dallas, Texas (United States) 156
42nd Calgary (Canada) 155
43rd Scottsdale, Arizona (United States) 154
44th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 153
45th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 152
46th Orlando, Florida (United States) 152
47th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 152
48th Austin, Texas (United States) 152
49th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 151
50th Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 151
51st Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 151
52nd Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 150
53rd Reno, Nevada (United States) 150
54th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 150
55th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 149
56th Albany, New York (United States) 149
57th Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) 149
58th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 149
59th Tempe, Arizona (United States) 148
60th Houston, Texas (United States) 148
61st Grand Rapids (United States) 148
62nd Winnipeg (Canada) 147
63rd Edmonton (Canada) 147
64th Ottawa (Canada) 147
65th Durham, North Carolina (United States) 147
66th Victoria (Canada) 146
67th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 144
68th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 143
69th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 143
70th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 143
71st Little Rock, Arkansas (United States) 143
72nd Tampa, Florida (United States) 142
73rd Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 142
74th Des Moines, Iowa (United States) 141
75th Buffalo, New York (United States) 140
76th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 140
77th Hamilton (Canada) 139
78th Halifax (Canada) 139
79th Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) 138
80th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 137
81st Kelowna (Canada) 137
82nd Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 136
83rd Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 136
84th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 136
85th Montreal (Canada) 134
86th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 133
87th Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 132
88th London, Ontario (Canada) 131
89th Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 130
90th Spokane, Washington (United States) 130
91st Detroit, Michigan (United States) 130
92nd Tucson, Arizona (United States) 129
93rd Quebec City (Canada) 129
94th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 126
95th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 126
96th Boise, Idaho (United States) 126
97th Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 125
98th Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 124
99th Fort Wayne, Indiana (United States) 122
100th Lexington, Kentucky (United States) 121
101st Springfield, Missouri (United States) 115

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 Madison, Wisconsin.

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