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 the markers corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
The size of the markers correspond with the population of each city.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of the city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each cities' Cost of Living 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) 290
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 276
3rd Washington D.C. (United States) 270
4th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 244
5th San Jose, California (United States) 237
6th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 233
7th Los Angeles, California (United States) 225
8th Oakland, California (United States) 222
9th Seattle, Washington (United States) 218
10th San Diego, California (United States) 218
11th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 216
12th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 214
13th Miami, Florida (United States) 206
14th Denver, Colorado (United States) 205
15th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 205
16th Portland, Oregon (United States) 204
17th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 202
18th Toronto (Canada) 195
19th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 193
20th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 192
21st Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 192
22nd Sacramento, California (United States) 191
23rd Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 191
24th Houston, Texas (United States) 190
25th Vancouver (Canada) 189
26th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 188
27th Austin, Texas (United States) 188
28th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 183
29th Dallas, Texas (United States) 183
30th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 182
31st Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 179
32nd Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 178
33rd Orlando, Florida (United States) 178
34th Calgary (Canada) 176
35th Edmonton (Canada) 175
36th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 174
37th Ottawa (Canada) 174
38th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 172
39th Tampa, Florida (United States) 171
40th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 171
41st Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 169
42nd Victoria (Canada) 169
43rd Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 165
44th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 165
45th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 163
46th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 162
47th Halifax (Canada) 162
48th Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 161
49th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 160
50th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 159
51st Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 158
52nd Montreal (Canada) 158
53rd Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 156
54th Flint, Michigan (United States) 156
55th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 155
56th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 152
57th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 151
58th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 147
59th London, Ontario (Canada) 146

Price Index:

To calculate each cities' Cost of Living 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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