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 Mountain View, California (United States) 252
2nd New York City (United States) 247
3rd San Francisco, California (United States) 241
4th Washington D.C. (United States) 215
5th Oakland, California (United States) 215
6th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 206
7th Seattle, Washington (United States) 202
8th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 201
9th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 199
10th Los Angeles, California (United States) 198
11th San Jose, California (United States) 196
12th Miami, Florida (United States) 189
13th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 189
14th Denver, Colorado (United States) 185
15th Boulder, Colorado (United States) 183
16th San Diego, California (United States) 181
17th Portland, Oregon (United States) 179
18th Sacramento, California (United States) 178
19th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 177
20th Toronto (Canada) 173
21st Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 170
22nd Vancouver (Canada) 168
23rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 168
24th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 165
25th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 163
26th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 162
27th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 159
28th Austin, Texas (United States) 159
29th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 159
30th Burlington, Vermont (United States) 159
31st Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 158
32nd Charleston, South Carolina (United States) 158
33rd Dallas, Texas (United States) 158
34th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 157
35th Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 157
36th Providence, Rhode Island (United States) 156
37th Victoria (Canada) 156
38th Ottawa (Canada) 154
39th Orlando, Florida (United States) 152
40th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 151
41st New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 151
42nd Tampa, Florida (United States) 150
43rd Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 150
44th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 150
45th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 149
46th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 149
47th Houston, Texas (United States) 148
48th Riverside, California (United States) 147
49th Columbus, Ohio (United States) 147
50th Calgary (Canada) 146
51st Edmonton (Canada) 146
52nd St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 144
53rd Kelowna (Canada) 144
54th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 143
55th Spokane, Washington (United States) 142
56th Richmond, Virginia (United States) 142
57th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 142
58th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 141
59th Buffalo, New York (United States) 141
60th Halifax (Canada) 140
61st Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 140
62nd Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 139
63rd Winnipeg (Canada) 138
64th Boise, Idaho (United States) 138
65th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 137
66th Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 136
67th Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 136
68th Montreal (Canada) 135
69th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 134
70th Tucson, Arizona (United States) 133
71st London, Ontario (Canada) 133
72nd Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 133
73rd Wichita, Kansas (United States) 131
74th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 129
75th Quebec City (Canada) 128
76th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 128
77th Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 125

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 Vancouver.

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