Cost of living in Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Summary of cost of living in Madison, Wisconsin

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $3,924
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,129
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List of prices in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. Current as of Jan 2020.

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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 $4.88
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.67
12 eggs, large $1.74
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.27
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.44
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.93
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of coca-cola $1.72
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.89
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $1,785
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,219
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $125
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,175
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $772
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $75
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $56
40” flat screen tv $355
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $112
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $29
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $46
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $33
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $79
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $108
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $20,442
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.70
Monthly ticket public transport $63
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $29
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $10
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $183
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $5.40
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.59
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.54
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.04
Tube of toothpaste $1.83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $36
2 tickets to the movies $22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $134
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $56
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $3.92
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.17
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $428
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.15
1 month of gym membership in business district $45
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 158 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2020

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