Cost of living in Traverse City, Michigan, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.68
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.93
12 eggs, large $1.95
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.62
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese -
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.96
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.32
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.80
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.75
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.55
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,663
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,492
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $537
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $404
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $807
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $151
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $58
40” flat screen TV $254
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $300
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $43
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) $92
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $150
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,090
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.51
Monthly ticket public transport -
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.62
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $59
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $3.50
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.55
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.22
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.71
Tube of toothpaste $1.69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $17
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $35
2 tickets to the movies $20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $85
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.00
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.28
iPod nano 16GB $110
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $48
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $8
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 93 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: April 13, 2017.

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