Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,136
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,948
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 92% of countries in the World (7 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.33
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.05
12 eggs, large $3.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.46
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.82
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.86
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.45
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $2.44
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.36
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,452
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,848
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $203
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,756
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,290
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $134
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $55
40” flat screen tv $297
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $127
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $13
Hourly rate for cleaning help $28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $51
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) $97
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $118
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $26,811
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.17
Monthly ticket public transport $74
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $18
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $126
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.43
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.46
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.27
Tube of toothpaste $2.14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $52
2 tickets to the movies $27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $202
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $90
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.51
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $491
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district $54
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $10

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Map of Cost of Living in United States

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This map shows only the top cities in United States. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in United States

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st New York City 264
2nd San Francisco, California 254
3rd Jersey City, New Jersey 242
4th Maui 232
5th Miami, Florida 229
6th Boston, Massachusetts 228
7th Oakland, California 224
8th Los Angeles, California 223
9th Washington D.C. 219
10th Berkeley, California 217
11th Seattle, Washington 214
12th San Diego, California 214
13th San Jose, California 213
14th Portland, Oregon 212
15th Denver, Colorado 210
16th Boulder, Colorado 205
17th Honolulu, Hawaii 203
18th Irvine, California 193
19th Chicago, Illinois 193
20th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 190
21st Tacoma, Washington 188
22nd Sacramento, California 188
23rd Cocoa Beach, Florida 186
24th Walnut Creek, California 185
25th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 181
26th Anchorage, Alaska 179
27th Newark, New Jersey 176
28th Austin, Texas 176
29th Long Beach, California 175
30th Eugene, Oregon 174
31st St. Petersburg, Florida 173
32nd Spokane, Washington 172
33rd Nashville, Tennessee 172
34th Baltimore, Maryland 171
35th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 171
36th Charlotte, North Carolina 171
37th Salt Lake City, Utah 170
38th Orlando, Florida 166
39th Fort Worth, Texas 165
40th Colorado Springs, Colorado 165
41st Burlington, Vermont 164
42nd Jacksonville, Florida 162
43rd Cleveland, Ohio 161
44th St. Louis, Missouri 161
45th Indianapolis, Indiana 161
46th Providence, Rhode Island 160
47th Kansas City, Missouri 159
48th New Orleans, Louisiana 159
49th Houston, Texas 158
50th Cincinnati, Ohio 156
51st Santa Fe, New Mexico 156
52nd Raleigh, North Carolina 156
53rd Madison, Wisconsin 155
54th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 155
55th Riverside, California 153
56th Pensacola, Florida 152
57th Tucson, Arizona 150
58th Buffalo, New York 149
59th Asheville, North Carolina 149
60th Des Moines, Iowa 149
61st Tallahassee, Florida 148
62nd Green Bay, Wisconsin 148
63rd Rochester, New York 146
64th Amarillo, Texas 146
65th Modesto, California 144
66th Louisville, Kentucky 143
67th Albuquerque, New Mexico 142
68th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 140
69th Tulsa, Oklahoma 139
70th San Antonio, Texas 139
71st Omaha, Nebraska 138
72nd Provo, Utah 133
73rd Memphis, Tennessee 132
74th Youngstown, Ohio 125
75th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 121
76th San Antonio, California 119
77th Lawrence, Kansas 119

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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List of all cities available in United States

Akron, Ohio Albany, New York Albuquerque, New Mexico
Allentown, Pennsylvania Amarillo, Texas Anchorage, Alaska
Ann Arbor, Michigan Arcata, California Arlington, Texas
Asheville, North Carolina Athens, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia Austin, Texas Babylon, New York
Bakersfield, California Baltimore, Maryland Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Beaverton, Oregon Berkeley, California Billings, Montana
Birmingham, Alabama Bismarck, North Dakota Boise, Idaho
Boston, Massachusetts Boulder, Colorado Bozeman, Montana
Bridgeport, Connecticut Buffalo, New York Burlington, Massachusetts
Burlington, Vermont Butte, Montana Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Charleston, South Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlottesville, Virginia Chattanooga, Tennessee Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Cocoa Beach, Florida
Colorado Springs, Colorado Columbia, South Carolina Columbus, Ohio
Corpus Christi, Texas Dallas, Texas Denver, Colorado
Des Moines, Iowa Detroit, Michigan Durango, Colorado
Durham, North Carolina El Centro, California El Paso, Texas
Erie, Pennsylvania Eugene, Oregon Fargo
Flint, Michigan Florence, Alabama Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Worth, Texas
Fresno, California Gainesville, Florida Grand Rapids
Green Bay, Wisconsin Greensboro, North Carolina Greenville, South Carolina
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Hartford, Connecticut Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Honolulu, Hawaii Houston, Texas Huntsville, Alabama
Indianapolis, Indiana Iowa City, Iowa Irvine, California
Ithaca, New York Jackson, Mississippi Jacksonville, Florida
Jersey City, New Jersey Kansas City, Missouri Knoxville, Tennessee
Kodiak, Alaska Lafayette, Louisiana Laguna Niguel, California
Las Vegas, Nevada Lawrence, Kansas Lexington, Kentucky
Lincoln, Nebraska Little Rock, Arkansas Long Beach, California
Los Angeles, California Louisville, Kentucky Lubbock, Texas
Lynchburg, Virginia Madison, Wisconsin Maui
McAllen, Texas Memphis, Tennessee Miami, Florida
Midland, Texas Milwaukee, Wisconsin Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota
Moab, Utah Mobile, Alabama Modesto, California
Montclair, New Jersey Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Mountain View, California
Naknek, Alaska Nantucket Nashville, Tennessee
New Haven, Connecticut New Orleans, Louisiana New York City
Newark, New Jersey Niagara Falls, New York Oakland, California
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Omaha, Nebraska Orlando, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida Palm Springs, California Palo Alto, California
Pensacola, Florida Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Portland, Oregon Providence, Rhode Island
Provo, Utah Raleigh, North Carolina Reno, Nevada
Richmond, Virginia Riverside, California Roanoke, Virginia
Rochester, New York Rockford, Illinois Sacramento, California
Salt Lake City, Utah San Antonio, California San Antonio, Texas
San Bernardino, California San Diego, California San Francisco, California
San Jose, California San Luis Obispo, California Santa Ana, California
Santa Barbara, California Santa Cruz, California Santa Fe, New Mexico
Savannah, Georgia Scottsdale, Arizona Seattle, Washington
Shreveport, Louisiana Spokane, Washington Springfield, Illinois
Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Missouri St. Louis, Missouri
St. Petersburg, Florida Stamford, Connecticut Staunton, Virginia
Stockton, California Tacoma, Washington Tallahassee, Florida
Tampa, Florida Tempe, Arizona Toledo, Ohio
Traverse City, Michigan Tucson, Arizona Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tyler, Texas Vancouver, Washington Virginia Beach, Virginia
Walnut Creek, California Washington D.C. Waterbury, Connecticut
West Lafayette, Indiana Wichita, Kansas Wilmington, Delaware
Youngstown, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio

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  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Salt Lake City, Utah costs $1.19 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 32 oz of rice in Dallas, Texas costs $1.76 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 16 oz of bread in Dallas, Texas costs $1.24 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Dallas, Texas costs $3.00 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Dallas, Texas costs $15 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 12 oz domestic beer in the supermarket in Dallas, Texas costs $2.11 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 5 lb bag of potatoes in Dallas, Texas costs $1.32 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 1 lb of local cheese in Dallas, Texas costs $3.31 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 2 lbs of tomatoes in Dallas, Texas costs $2.20 (about 10 hours ago)

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