Cost of living in Washington D.C., 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 $5.59
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.97
12 eggs, large $3.58
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.73
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.64
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.78
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.29
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.30
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,811
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,274
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $195
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $2,148
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,645
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $122
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $53
40” flat screen TV $420
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $168
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $50
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) $89
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $135
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,755
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.63
Monthly ticket public transport $164
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) $10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $12
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $130
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.39
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.29
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.13
Tube of toothpaste $1.58
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $33
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $51
2 tickets to the movies $26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $198
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $98
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.77
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
iPod nano 16GB $134
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.56
1 month of gym membership in business district $74
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,791 prices entered by 332 different people.
Latest price update: March 30, 2017.

DC position in our World Ranking

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