Cost of living in Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.95
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.93
12 eggs, large $4.50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.50
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.09
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.86
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.97
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,716
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,258
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $238
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $983
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $746
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $221
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen TV $330
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $101
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $17
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $48
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $45
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $88
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $87
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,777
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.62
Monthly ticket public transport $67
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $16
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $95
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.85
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.11
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.36
Tube of toothpaste $2.01
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $17
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $46
2 tickets to the movies $22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $173
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $80
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.09
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.84
iPod nano 16GB $143
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.14
1 month of gym membership in business district $35
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 364 prices entered by 32 different people.
Latest price update: March 23, 2017.

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