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 New York City (United States) 242
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 237
3rd Washington D.C. (United States) 230
4th Mountain View, California (United States) 221
5th San Jose, California (United States) 207
6th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 206
7th Oakland, California (United States) 204
8th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 198
9th Maui (United States) 194
10th Los Angeles, California (United States) 190
11th Seattle, Washington (United States) 190
12th San Diego, California (United States) 184
13th Newark, New Jersey (United States) 179
14th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 179
15th Boulder, Colorado (United States) 176
16th Miami, Florida (United States) 173
17th Portland, Oregon (United States) 173
18th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 172
19th Vancouver (Canada) 172
20th Toronto (Canada) 172
21st Sacramento, California (United States) 172
22nd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 171
23rd Denver, Colorado (United States) 169
24th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 162
25th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 162
26th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 159
27th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 159
28th Mississauga (Canada) 159
29th Calgary (Canada) 158
30th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 157
31st Austin, Texas (United States) 156
32nd Edmonton (Canada) 155
33rd Tacoma, Washington (United States) 155
34th Ottawa (Canada) 155
35th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 154
36th Burlington, Vermont (United States) 154
37th Dallas, Texas (United States) 154
38th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 153
39th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 152
40th Houston, Texas (United States) 152
41st Victoria (Canada) 151
42nd Providence, Rhode Island (United States) 151
43rd Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 148
44th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 148
45th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 148
46th Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) 147
47th Riverside, California (United States) 146
48th Grand Rapids (United States) 145
49th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 143
50th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 143
51st Fresno, California (United States) 143
52nd Reno, Nevada (United States) 143
53rd Eugene, Oregon (United States) 143
54th Tampa, Florida (United States) 143
55th Montreal (Canada) 142
56th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 142
57th Winnipeg (Canada) 142
58th Halifax (Canada) 141
59th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 141
60th Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 141
61st Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 141
62nd Asheville, North Carolina (United States) 140
63rd Kelowna (Canada) 140
64th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 139
65th Little Rock, Arkansas (United States) 139
66th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 139
67th Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) 139
68th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 138
69th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 138
70th Orlando, Florida (United States) 138
71st Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 136
72nd Buffalo, New York (United States) 136
73rd Quebec City (Canada) 135
74th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 135
75th Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 134
76th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 134
77th Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 134
78th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 133
79th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 133
80th Birmingham, Alabama (United States) 132
81st Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 131
82nd Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 131
83rd Wichita, Kansas (United States) 131
84th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 130
85th Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 130
86th Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 129
87th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 128
88th El Paso, Texas (United States) 128
89th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 126
90th Boise, Idaho (United States) 124
91st Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 123
92nd Detroit, Michigan (United States) 122
93rd Tucson, Arizona (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 Boston, Massachusetts.

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