Cost of living in Washington D.C., United States

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Food [Edit]
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 $5.65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.97
12 eggs, large $3.39
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.61
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.55
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.64
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $17
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.99
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.45
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,813
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,285
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $177
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $2,144
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,609
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $127
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $57
40” flat screen TV $370
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $114
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $14
Hourly rate for cleaning help $31
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $47
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $48
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $134
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,423
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.65
Monthly ticket public transport $179
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $25
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $12
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $127
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.90
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.09
Tube of toothpaste $1.44
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $30
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $50
2 tickets to the movies $27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $169
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $106
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.71
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $431
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.36
1 month of gym membership in business district $75
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,864 prices entered by 355 different people.
Latest price update: November 20, 2017.

DC position in our World Ranking

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