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) 293
2nd Mountain View, California (United States) 252
3rd Palo Alto, California (United States) 251
4th San Francisco, California (United States) 243
5th New York City (United States) 237
6th Washington D.C. (United States) 209
7th San Jose, California (United States) 208
8th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 204
9th Los Angeles, California (United States) 203
10th Oakland, California (United States) 201
11th Seattle, Washington (United States) 197
12th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 195
13th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 195
14th Santa Ana, California (United States) 194
15th Santa Cruz, California (United States) 193
16th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 189
17th Miami, Florida (United States) 186
18th Denver, Colorado (United States) 183
19th San Diego, California (United States) 180
20th Sacramento, California (United States) 177
21st Portland, Oregon (United States) 177
22nd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 176
23rd Eugene, Oregon (United States) 175
24th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 175
25th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 172
26th Newark, New Jersey (United States) 171
27th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 171
28th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 170
29th Toronto (Canada) 167
30th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 166
31st Vancouver (Canada) 166
32nd Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 164
33rd Bozeman, Montana (United States) 164
34th Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 164
35th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 163
36th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 163
37th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 162
38th Riverside, California (United States) 160
39th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 159
40th Dallas, Texas (United States) 158
41st Mississauga (Canada) 158
42nd San Luis Obispo, California (United States) 157
43rd New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 155
44th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 155
45th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 154
46th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 154
47th Austin, Texas (United States) 154
48th Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 153
49th Calgary (Canada) 153
50th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 152
51st Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 152
52nd Reno, Nevada (United States) 151
53rd Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 151
54th Orlando, Florida (United States) 151
55th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 151
56th Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) 150
57th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 150
58th Tempe, Arizona (United States) 150
59th Grand Rapids (United States) 150
60th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 147
61st Tampa, Florida (United States) 147
62nd Edmonton (Canada) 147
63rd St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 146
64th Victoria (Canada) 145
65th Houston, Texas (United States) 145
66th Ottawa (Canada) 145
67th Winnipeg (Canada) 145
68th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 144
69th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 143
70th Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 142
71st Buffalo, New York (United States) 141
72nd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 140
73rd Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 140
74th Kelowna (Canada) 140
75th Hamilton (Canada) 138
76th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 138
77th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 137
78th Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) 137
79th Halifax (Canada) 136
80th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 135
81st Saskatoon (Canada) 135
82nd Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 135
83rd Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 134
84th London, Ontario (Canada) 133
85th Montreal (Canada) 132
86th Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 131
87th Tucson, Arizona (United States) 130
88th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 129
89th Boise, Idaho (United States) 129
90th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 127
91st Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 126
92nd Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 125
93rd Quebec City (Canada) 125
94th Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 123
95th Fort Wayne, Indiana (United States) 123
96th Lexington, Kentucky (United States) 122
97th Springfield, Missouri (United States) 116

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 Seattle, Washington.

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