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 Mountain View, California (United States) 264
2nd Palo Alto, California (United States) 262
3rd New York City (United States) 256
4th San Francisco, California (United States) 241
5th Oakland, California (United States) 218
6th San Jose, California (United States) 213
7th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 211
8th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 211
9th Washington D.C. (United States) 209
10th Los Angeles, California (United States) 206
11th Seattle, Washington (United States) 205
12th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 203
13th Denver, Colorado (United States) 198
14th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 195
15th Miami, Florida (United States) 192
16th Boulder, Colorado (United States) 191
17th Sacramento, California (United States) 187
18th San Diego, California (United States) 186
19th Portland, Oregon (United States) 185
20th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 178
21st Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 176
22nd Vancouver (Canada) 176
23rd Toronto (Canada) 175
24th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 175
25th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 174
26th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 174
27th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 168
28th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 167
29th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 165
30th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 164
31st Charleston, South Carolina (United States) 164
32nd Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 164
33rd Dallas, Texas (United States) 163
34th Burlington, Vermont (United States) 163
35th Austin, Texas (United States) 162
36th Providence, Rhode Island (United States) 161
37th Scottsdale, Arizona (United States) 161
38th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 160
39th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 160
40th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 160
41st Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 159
42nd Mississauga (Canada) 159
43rd Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 158
44th St. John's, NL (Canada) 157
45th Tampa, Florida (United States) 157
46th Victoria (Canada) 156
47th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 156
48th Orlando, Florida (United States) 155
49th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 155
50th Riverside, California (United States) 155
51st Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 154
52nd Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 154
53rd Ottawa (Canada) 153
54th Calgary (Canada) 153
55th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 152
56th Edmonton (Canada) 150
57th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 150
58th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 150
59th Houston, Texas (United States) 149
60th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 149
61st Spokane, Washington (United States) 148
62nd Kelowna (Canada) 147
63rd Richmond, Virginia (United States) 147
64th Buffalo, New York (United States) 146
65th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 144
66th Hamilton (Canada) 144
67th Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 144
68th Saskatoon (Canada) 143
69th Halifax (Canada) 143
70th Winnipeg (Canada) 142
71st Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 142
72nd Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 141
73rd Boise, Idaho (United States) 141
74th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 141
75th Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 140
76th Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 140
77th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 139
78th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 139
79th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 139
80th London, Ontario (Canada) 138
81st Tucson, Arizona (United States) 138
82nd Montreal (Canada) 137
83rd Wichita, Kansas (United States) 135
84th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 135
85th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 132
86th Birmingham, Alabama (United States) 132
87th Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 131
88th Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 128
89th Quebec City (Canada) 128

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 Austin, Texas.

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