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) 297
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 239
3rd Walnut Creek, California (United States) 235
4th New York City (United States) 233
5th Berkeley, California (United States) 222
6th Washington D.C. (United States) 219
7th Oakland, California (United States) 211
8th San Jose, California (United States) 204
9th Seattle, Washington (United States) 199
10th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 199
11th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 198
12th Maui (United States) 197
13th Los Angeles, California (United States) 193
14th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 192
15th Boulder, Colorado (United States) 190
16th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 189
17th Santa Cruz, California (United States) 188
18th San Diego, California (United States) 184
19th Miami, Florida (United States) 178
20th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 176
21st Portland, Oregon (United States) 176
22nd Newark, New Jersey (United States) 176
23rd Sacramento, California (United States) 171
24th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 171
25th Denver, Colorado (United States) 170
26th Toronto (Canada) 170
27th Vancouver (Canada) 168
28th Bozeman, Montana (United States) 167
29th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 164
30th Burlington, Vermont (United States) 163
31st Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 162
32nd Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 162
33rd Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 160
34th Orlando, Florida (United States) 159
35th Charleston, South Carolina (United States) 159
36th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 158
37th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 158
38th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 158
39th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 158
40th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 157
41st Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 156
42nd Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 156
43rd Dallas, Texas (United States) 156
44th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 156
45th Mississauga (Canada) 156
46th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 152
47th Calgary (Canada) 152
48th Austin, Texas (United States) 151
49th Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) 151
50th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 150
51st Albany, New York (United States) 150
52nd Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 150
53rd Houston, Texas (United States) 149
54th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 149
55th Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 148
56th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 148
57th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 148
58th Ottawa (Canada) 147
59th Reno, Nevada (United States) 147
60th Edmonton (Canada) 146
61st Victoria (Canada) 146
62nd Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 146
63rd Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 145
64th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 144
65th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 144
66th Tampa, Florida (United States) 143
67th Little Rock, Arkansas (United States) 143
68th Fresno, California (United States) 142
69th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 142
70th Des Moines, Iowa (United States) 142
71st Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 140
72nd Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 139
73rd San Antonio, Texas (United States) 139
74th Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) 138
75th Winnipeg (Canada) 138
76th Halifax (Canada) 138
77th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 137
78th Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 136
79th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 135
80th Birmingham, Alabama (United States) 134
81st Hamilton (Canada) 133
82nd Columbus, Ohio (United States) 133
83rd Montreal (Canada) 133
84th Tucson, Arizona (United States) 131
85th Boise, Idaho (United States) 130
86th Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 130
87th Spokane, Washington (United States) 129
88th Chattanooga, Tennessee (United States) 129
89th Rochester, New York (United States) 129
90th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 128
91st Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 127
92nd London, Ontario (Canada) 127
93rd Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 127
94th Quebec City (Canada) 127
95th Akron, Ohio (United States) 126
96th Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 125
97th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 125
98th Toledo, Ohio (United States) 125
99th Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 123
100th Fort Wayne, Indiana (United States) 122
101st Lexington, Kentucky (United States) 121
102nd Springfield, Missouri (United States) 120

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 Los Angeles, California.

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