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) 283
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 272
3rd Washington D.C. (United States) 262
4th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 248
5th San Jose, California (United States) 232
6th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 228
7th Los Angeles, California (United States) 221
8th Oakland, California (United States) 219
9th Seattle, Washington (United States) 215
10th San Diego, California (United States) 213
11th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 210
12th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 209
13th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 201
14th Portland, Oregon (United States) 201
15th Miami, Florida (United States) 198
16th Denver, Colorado (United States) 198
17th Sacramento, California (United States) 198
18th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 196
19th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 194
20th Toronto (Canada) 189
21st Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 189
22nd Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 186
23rd Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 186
24th Austin, Texas (United States) 186
25th Houston, Texas (United States) 185
26th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 181
27th Vancouver (Canada) 180
28th Dallas, Texas (United States) 179
29th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 177
30th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 176
31st Orlando, Florida (United States) 172
32nd Tampa, Florida (United States) 171
33rd Edmonton (Canada) 171
34th Calgary (Canada) 170
35th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 170
36th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 170
37th Ottawa (Canada) 169
38th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 168
39th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 167
40th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 167
41st Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 167
42nd St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 165
43rd Victoria (Canada) 163
44th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 160
45th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 159
46th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 159
47th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 158
48th Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 156
49th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 155
50th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 155
51st Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 155
52nd Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 154
53rd Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 154
54th Montreal (Canada) 153
55th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 153
56th Halifax (Canada) 152
57th Kelowna (Canada) 147
58th Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 147
59th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 145
60th Boise, Idaho (United States) 140

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 Erie, Pennsylvania.

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