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 San Francisco, California (United States) 255
2nd New York City (United States) 248
3rd Washington D.C. (United States) 215
4th Los Angeles, California (United States) 214
5th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 211
6th San Jose, California (United States) 210
7th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 208
8th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 206
9th Seattle, Washington (United States) 204
10th Miami, Florida (United States) 200
11th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 196
12th Denver, Colorado (United States) 190
13th Portland, Oregon (United States) 189
14th Vancouver (Canada) 182
15th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 180
16th Toronto (Canada) 177
17th Austin, Texas (United States) 169
18th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 169
19th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 168
20th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 168
21st Dallas, Texas (United States) 168
22nd Tampa, Florida (United States) 167
23rd Orlando, Florida (United States) 163
24th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 162
25th Ottawa (Canada) 162
26th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 161
27th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 160
28th Calgary (Canada) 160
29th Edmonton (Canada) 154
30th Houston, Texas (United States) 154
31st Detroit, Michigan (United States) 153
32nd Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 149
33rd Montreal (Canada) 148
34th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 145
35th Boise, Idaho (United States) 144
36th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 142
37th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 140
38th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 137
39th 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 Halifax.

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