Cost of living in New York City, United States

Summary of cost of living in New York City

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $7,596
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $5,073
  • New York City is the most expensive city in USA (1 out of 43)
  • New York City is the 2nd most expensive city in N. America (2 out of 57)
  • New York City is the 3rd most expensive city in the World (3 out of 271)
What salary will you need in New York City?
Find out with your own Salary Calculation.

List of prices in New York City
Current as of May 2022.

Change the currency:
Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.23
12 eggs, large $4.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.74
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $4.25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $22
2 liters of coca-cola $2.63
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.96
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $4,971
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $3,121
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $133
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $3,397
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $2,127
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $116
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen tv $323
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $190
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $13
Hourly rate for cleaning help $31
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $53
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $42
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $92
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $123
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,801
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.99
Monthly ticket public transport $127
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $30
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $163
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $8
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.81
Tube of toothpaste $2.11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $30
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $61
2 tickets to the movies $32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $397
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $101
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.89
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $418
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.51
1 month of gym membership in business district $98
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $14
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 613 prices entered by 149 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

Moving to New York City with your children?

International Schools in New York City

New York position in our World Ranking

the world
3rd
out of 271
n. america
2nd
out of 57
usa
1st
out of 43

Cheapest and most expensive products in New York compared to other cities:

the world
1st
the world
1st
the world
2nd
the world
3rd
the world
3rd
the world
3rd

Do you live in New York City? We need your help!

What is the price of

Public transport

in New York City?

monthly ticket
$

Are you moving to New York City? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in New York City of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

Get a Salary Calculation for New York City

International Cost of Living Index

loading...

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Madison, Wisconsin costs $7 (5 minutes ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Tucson, Arizona costs $15 (13 minutes ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Cleveland, Ohio costs $1.87 (19 minutes ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Karachi costs ₨450 (27 minutes ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 100 (38 minutes ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Arlington, Texas costs $8 (about 1 hour ago)

Make a different comparison:

Compare cost of living between cities:
vs