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) 284
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 229
3rd New York City (United States) 228
4th Walnut Creek, California (United States) 220
5th Washington D.C. (United States) 205
6th San Jose, California (United States) 189
7th Oakland, California (United States) 189
8th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 188
9th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 188
10th Maui (United States) 187
11th Seattle, Washington (United States) 187
12th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 184
13th Los Angeles, California (United States) 182
14th Santa Cruz, California (United States) 177
15th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 174
16th San Diego, California (United States) 171
17th Portland, Oregon (United States) 167
18th Newark, New Jersey (United States) 166
19th Miami, Florida (United States) 164
20th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 163
21st Sacramento, California (United States) 163
22nd Toronto (Canada) 163
23rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 163
24th Vancouver (Canada) 162
25th Denver, Colorado (United States) 161
26th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 161
27th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 155
28th Burlington, Vermont (United States) 154
29th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 154
30th Charleston, South Carolina (United States) 149
31st Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 149
32nd Dallas, Texas (United States) 149
33rd Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 148
34th Calgary (Canada) 148
35th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 148
36th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 147
37th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 147
38th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 146
39th Mississauga (Canada) 146
40th Ottawa (Canada) 144
41st Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 143
42nd Victoria (Canada) 143
43rd Edmonton (Canada) 143
44th Austin, Texas (United States) 142
45th Baton Rouge, Louisiana (United States) 142
46th Orlando, Florida (United States) 142
47th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 141
48th Houston, Texas (United States) 141
49th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 141
50th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 141
51st Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 140
52nd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 138
53rd Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 137
54th Riverside, California (United States) 136
55th Reno, Nevada (United States) 136
56th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 135
57th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 135
58th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 134
59th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 134
60th Tampa, Florida (United States) 133
61st Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) 132
62nd Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 132
63rd Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 132
64th Winnipeg (Canada) 132
65th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 131
66th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 131
67th Fresno, California (United States) 131
68th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 131
69th Montreal (Canada) 130
70th Hamilton (Canada) 129
71st Jackson, Mississippi (United States) 129
72nd Des Moines, Iowa (United States) 129
73rd Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 129
74th Halifax (Canada) 129
75th Little Rock, Arkansas (United States) 127
76th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 127
77th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 126
78th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 126
79th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 126
80th Birmingham, Alabama (United States) 126
81st Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 125
82nd Quebec City (Canada) 125
83rd Spokane, Washington (United States) 123
84th Boise, Idaho (United States) 122
85th London, Ontario (Canada) 122
86th Wichita, Kansas (United States) 121
87th Tucson, Arizona (United States) 121
88th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 121
89th Rochester, New York (United States) 121
90th Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 121
91st Chattanooga, Tennessee (United States) 121
92nd Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 120
93rd Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 120
94th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 119
95th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 118
96th Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 118
97th Toledo, Ohio (United States) 116
98th Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 115
99th Fort Wayne, Indiana (United States) 113
100th Lexington, Kentucky (United States) 112

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 Columbus, Ohio.

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