Cost of living in Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Summary of cost of living in Madison, Wisconsin

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,234
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,331
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Madison, Wisconsin
Current as of Jun 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.07
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.01
12 eggs, large $2.56
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.35
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.06
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $2.17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.40
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $1,915
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,393
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $116
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,237
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $860
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $99
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $50
40” flat screen tv $263
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $127
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $10
Hourly rate for cleaning help $24
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $49
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $36
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $121
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,178
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.04
Monthly ticket public transport $65
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $26
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $11
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $159
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $5.46
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.94
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.15
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.82
Tube of toothpaste $1.70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $27
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $37
2 tickets to the movies $21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $194
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $82
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.28
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.91
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $428
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $43
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $9
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 183 prices entered by 21 different people.
Latest price update: June 30, 2022

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