Cost of living in Iowa City, Iowa, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.86
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.76
12 eggs, large $2.18
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.08
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.02
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.55
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $10
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.87
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,512
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $933
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $114
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $930
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $681
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $139
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $43
40” flat screen TV $456
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $81
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $10
Hourly rate for cleaning help $19
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $62
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $38
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $107
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $19,814
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.64
Monthly ticket public transport $34
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $15
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $30
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $93
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.69
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.57
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.00
Tube of toothpaste $1.63
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $33
2 tickets to the movies $19
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $100
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $69
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $6
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.00
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.33
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $428
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $41
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 127 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: June 20, 2018.

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