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) 263
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 256
3rd Washington D.C. (United States) 248
4th San Jose, California (United States) 228
5th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 226
6th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 214
7th Los Angeles, California (United States) 209
8th Seattle, Washington (United States) 202
9th Oakland, California (United States) 202
10th San Diego, California (United States) 199
11th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 195
12th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 195
13th Sacramento, California (United States) 192
14th Miami, Florida (United States) 189
15th Portland, Oregon (United States) 188
16th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 186
17th Denver, Colorado (United States) 186
18th Burlington (United States) 179
19th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 178
20th Providence, Rhode Island (United States) 174
21st Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 174
22nd Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 174
23rd Toronto (Canada) 174
24th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 174
25th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 173
26th Dallas, Texas (United States) 172
27th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 171
28th Houston, Texas (United States) 170
29th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 170
30th Austin, Texas (United States) 170
31st Tacoma, Washington (United States) 170
32nd Vancouver (Canada) 169
33rd Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 167
34th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 161
35th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 160
36th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 159
37th Calgary (Canada) 159
38th Mississauga (Canada) 158
39th Ottawa (Canada) 158
40th Tampa, Florida (United States) 158
41st Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 157
42nd Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 156
43rd Riverside, California (United States) 155
44th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 155
45th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 155
46th Edmonton (Canada) 153
47th Orlando, Florida (United States) 152
48th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 151
49th Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 150
50th Victoria (Canada) 149
51st Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 148
52nd Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 147
53rd Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 147
54th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 145
55th Halifax (Canada) 145
56th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 144
57th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 143
58th Montreal (Canada) 138
59th Kelowna (Canada) 138
60th Quebec City (Canada) 136
61st Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 135
62nd Flint, Michigan (United States) 133
63rd Detroit, Michigan (United States) 133
64th Boise, Idaho (United States) 132

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 Sydney.

Recent Prices Added

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