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

Summary of cost of living in Washington D.C.

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $7,059
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,241
  • 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 Washington D.C.
Current as of Jun 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.25
12 eggs, large $5.55
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.85
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.67
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $7
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $2.57
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.98
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $3,401
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,949
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $199
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,635
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $2,130
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $130
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $55
40” flat screen tv $279
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $136
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $38
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $60
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $75
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $113
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $154
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $27,932
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.94
Monthly ticket public transport $153
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $23
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $15
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $117
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.79
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.99
Tube of toothpaste $2.56
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $37
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $73
2 tickets to the movies $31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $331
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $137
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.59
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $525
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.18
1 month of gym membership in business district $97
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $12
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 294 prices entered by 48 different people.
Latest price update: June 12, 2024

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