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 the markers corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
The size of the markers correspond with the population of each city.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of the city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each cities' Cost of Living 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 New York City (United States) 284
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 270
3rd Washington D.C. (United States) 259
4th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 235
5th San Jose, California (United States) 229
6th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 226
7th Los Angeles, California (United States) 218
8th Oakland, California (United States) 216
9th Seattle, Washington (United States) 211
10th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 209
11th San Diego, California (United States) 208
12th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 206
13th Miami, Florida (United States) 200
14th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 199
15th Denver, Colorado (United States) 198
16th Portland, Oregon (United States) 197
17th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 189
18th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 186
19th Toronto (Canada) 186
20th Sacramento, California (United States) 186
21st Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 186
22nd Austin, Texas (United States) 184
23rd Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 184
24th Houston, Texas (United States) 183
25th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 183
26th Vancouver (Canada) 181
27th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 181
28th Dallas, Texas (United States) 179
29th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 177
30th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 175
31st Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 173
32nd Orlando, Florida (United States) 172
33rd Calgary (Canada) 170
34th Tampa, Florida (United States) 170
35th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 168
36th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 167
37th Ottawa (Canada) 166
38th Edmonton (Canada) 165
39th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 164
40th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 162
41st Victoria (Canada) 162
42nd Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 160
43rd Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 158
44th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 156
45th Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 156
46th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 155
47th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 155
48th Halifax (Canada) 153
49th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 153
50th Montreal (Canada) 151
51st San Antonio, Texas (United States) 150
52nd Flint, Michigan (United States) 148
53rd Detroit, Michigan (United States) 146
54th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 145
55th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 145
56th London, Ontario (Canada) 139

Price Index:

To calculate each cities' Cost of Living 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 Aarau.

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