Expatistan Cost of Living Index in North America

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Hamilton (Bermuda) 285
2nd Mountain View, California (United States) 238
3rd San Francisco, California (United States) 236
4th Walnut Creek, California (United States) 229
5th New York City (United States) 228
6th Washington D.C. (United States) 210
7th Oakland, California (United States) 198
8th San Jose, California (United States) 194
9th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 193
10th Seattle, Washington (United States) 192
11th Los Angeles, California (United States) 191
12th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 191
13th Jersey City, New Jersey (United States) 189
14th Boulder, Colorado (United States) 186
15th Santa Cruz, California (United States) 184
16th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 183
17th Miami, Florida (United States) 180
18th San Diego, California (United States) 175
19th Denver, Colorado (United States) 173
20th Portland, Oregon (United States) 171
21st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 169
22nd Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 169
23rd Toronto (Canada) 168
24th Sacramento, California (United States) 168
25th Vancouver (Canada) 168
26th Tacoma, Washington (United States) 163
27th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 162
28th St. John's, NL (Canada) 160
29th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 159
30th Bozeman, Montana (United States) 159
31st Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 158
32nd Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 157
33rd Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 156
34th Mississauga (Canada) 156
35th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 156
36th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 156
37th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 155
38th Charleston, South Carolina (United States) 155
39th Riverside, California (United States) 154
40th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 153
41st San Luis Obispo, California (United States) 153
42nd Calgary (Canada) 152
43rd Dallas, Texas (United States) 151
44th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 150
45th Scottsdale, Arizona (United States) 150
46th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 149
47th Orlando, Florida (United States) 149
48th Reno, Nevada (United States) 147
49th Austin, Texas (United States) 147
50th Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 147
51st Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 147
52nd Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 147
53rd Albany, New York (United States) 147
54th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 147
55th Ottawa (Canada) 146
56th Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 146
57th Tempe, Arizona (United States) 146
58th Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) 146
59th Colorado Springs, Colorado (United States) 146
60th Victoria (Canada) 146
61st Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 145
62nd Eugene, Oregon (United States) 144
63rd Durham, North Carolina (United States) 144
64th Edmonton (Canada) 144
65th Virginia Beach, Virginia (United States) 143
66th Winnipeg (Canada) 143
67th Houston, Texas (United States) 143
68th Grand Rapids (United States) 142
69th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 140
70th St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 140
71st Richmond, Virginia (United States) 139
72nd Columbus, Ohio (United States) 139
73rd Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 138
74th Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 138
75th Hamilton (Canada) 137
76th Little Rock, Arkansas (United States) 137
77th Buffalo, New York (United States) 137
78th Halifax (Canada) 137
79th Des Moines, Iowa (United States) 137
80th Tampa, Florida (United States) 136
81st Fort Collins, Colorado (United States) 135
82nd San Antonio, Texas (United States) 135
83rd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 134
84th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 133
85th Montreal (Canada) 132
86th Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 132
87th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 130
88th Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 129
89th Quebec City (Canada) 127
90th Tucson, Arizona (United States) 127
91st London, Ontario (Canada) 127
92nd Spokane, Washington (United States) 127
93rd Detroit, Michigan (United States) 126
94th Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 126
95th Rochester, New York (United States) 125
96th Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 123
97th Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 123
98th Boise, Idaho (United States) 122
99th Akron, Ohio (United States) 122
100th Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 121
101st Greensboro, North Carolina (United States) 120
102nd Fort Wayne, Indiana (United States) 118
103rd Lexington, Kentucky (United States) 118
104th Springfield, Missouri (United States) 112

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.

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