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) 297
2nd San Francisco, California (United States) 243
3rd Walnut Creek, California (United States) 236
4th New York City (United States) 233
5th Berkeley, California (United States) 221
6th Washington D.C. (United States) 221
7th San Jose, California (United States) 204
8th Oakland, California (United States) 201
9th Seattle, Washington (United States) 200
10th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 198
11th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 197
12th Los Angeles, California (United States) 196
13th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 194
14th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 191
15th Boulder, Colorado (United States) 191
16th Santa Cruz, California (United States) 188
17th San Diego, California (United States) 183
18th Miami, Florida (United States) 180
19th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 178
20th Newark, New Jersey (United States) 176
21st Portland, Oregon (United States) 176
22nd Denver, Colorado (United States) 173
23rd Sacramento, California (United States) 173
24th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 172
25th Toronto (Canada) 171
26th Vancouver (Canada) 170
27th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 166
28th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 166
29th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 165
30th Bozeman, Montana (United States) 164
31st Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 164
32nd Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 162
33rd Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 161
34th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 161
35th Riverside, California (United States) 160
36th Orlando, Florida (United States) 160
37th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 159
38th Charleston, South Carolina (United States) 159
39th San Luis Obispo, California (United States) 159
40th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 159
41st New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 158
42nd Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 158
43rd Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 158
44th Mississauga (Canada) 157
45th Dallas, Texas (United States) 156
46th Calgary (Canada) 154
47th Scottsdale, Arizona (United States) 153
48th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 152
49th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 152
50th Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 152
51st Austin, Texas (United States) 151
52nd Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) 151
53rd Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 151
54th Albany, New York (United States) 150
55th Eugene, Oregon (United States) 150
56th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 149
57th Ottawa (Canada) 149
58th Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 149
59th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 149
60th Houston, Texas (United States) 148
61st Edmonton (Canada) 147
62nd Reno, Nevada (United States) 147
63rd Victoria (Canada) 146
64th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 146
65th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 146
66th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 145
67th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 144
68th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 143
69th Little Rock, Arkansas (United States) 143
70th Fresno, California (United States) 143
71st Des Moines, Iowa (United States) 143
72nd Buffalo, New York (United States) 142
73rd Winnipeg (Canada) 141
74th Tampa, Florida (United States) 140
75th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 140
76th Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) 140
77th Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 139
78th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 139
79th Halifax (Canada) 138
80th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 137
81st Columbus, Ohio (United States) 137
82nd Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 136
83rd Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 135
84th Hamilton (Canada) 135
85th Birmingham, Alabama (United States) 134
86th Montreal (Canada) 134
87th Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 130
88th Spokane, Washington (United States) 130
89th Rochester, New York (United States) 129
90th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 129
91st Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 129
92nd Quebec City (Canada) 128
93rd London, Ontario (Canada) 127
94th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 127
95th Akron, Ohio (United States) 126
96th Tucson, Arizona (United States) 125
97th Toledo, Ohio (United States) 125
98th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 125
99th Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 125
100th Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 124
101st Boise, Idaho (United States) 123
102nd Fort Wayne, Indiana (United States) 122
103rd Lexington, Kentucky (United States) 122
104th Springfield, Missouri (United States) 117

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 Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Prices Added

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  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in New York City costs $60 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Amman costs Dinar 700 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Salt Lake City, Utah costs $1,525 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 48,000 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Seattle, Washington costs $25 (about 3 hours ago)