Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,611
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,601
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 77% of countries in the World (19 out of 77)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.25
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.88
12 eggs, large $2.94
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.11
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.31
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.67
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of coca-cola $1.99
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.05
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,210
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,545
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $178
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,525
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,113
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $111
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $50
40” flat screen tv $271
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $127
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $47
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $44
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $109
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,505
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.64
Monthly ticket public transport $75
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $16
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $112
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.45
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.93
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.64
Tube of toothpaste $1.82
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $22
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $46
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $205
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $79
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.03
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.80
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $420
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.51
1 month of gym membership in business district $50
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $8

Map of Cost of Living in United States


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 Babylon, New York 240
2nd Nantucket 239
3rd Mountain View, California 232
4th New York City 228
5th San Francisco, California 223
6th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 220
7th Walnut Creek, California 214
8th Jersey City, New Jersey 213
9th Berkeley, California 212
10th Oakland, California 208
11th Montclair, New Jersey 206
12th Washington D.C. 199
13th San Jose, California 190
14th Boston, Massachusetts 189
15th Los Angeles, California 189
16th Seattle, Washington 186
17th Honolulu, Hawaii 186
18th Chicago, Illinois 185
19th San Diego, California 185
20th Santa Barbara, California 183
21st Long Beach, California 181
22nd Miami, Florida 181
23rd Maui 180
24th Denver, Colorado 178
25th Irvine, California 178
26th Cocoa Beach, Florida 177
27th Boulder, Colorado 172
28th Portland, Oregon 170
29th Sacramento, California 169
30th Laguna Niguel, California 168
31st Anchorage, Alaska 166
32nd Newark, New Jersey 159
33rd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 157
34th Orlando, Florida 155
35th Austin, Texas 155
36th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 154
37th Baltimore, Maryland 153
38th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 153
39th Charlotte, North Carolina 152
40th Fort Worth, Texas 152
41st Salt Lake City, Utah 150
42nd Burlington, Vermont 149
43rd Atlanta, Georgia 149
44th Charleston, South Carolina 147
45th Kodiak, Alaska 147
46th Tampa, Florida 147
47th Dallas, Texas 147
48th Providence, Rhode Island 147
49th Santa Fe, New Mexico 146
50th Phoenix, Arizona 145
51st Nashville, Tennessee 144
52nd New Orleans, Louisiana 143
53rd Raleigh, North Carolina 143
54th Vancouver, Washington 142
55th Las Vegas, Nevada 142
56th Pensacola, Florida 142
57th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 142
58th Colorado Springs, Colorado 142
59th Provo, Utah 141
60th St. Louis, Missouri 141
61st Riverside, California 141
62nd Detroit, Michigan 140
63rd Cleveland, Ohio 140
64th Ithaca, New York 139
65th Houston, Texas 138
66th Spokane, Washington 137
67th Jacksonville, Florida 137
68th Kansas City, Missouri 135
69th Indianapolis, Indiana 135
70th Lubbock, Texas 134
71st Asheville, North Carolina 134
72nd Shreveport, Louisiana 133
73rd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 133
74th Charlottesville, Virginia 132
75th Rochester, New York 132
76th Modesto, California 132
77th Fargo 131
78th Tallahassee, Florida 131
79th Green Bay, Wisconsin 130
80th Athens, Georgia 130
81st Omaha, Nebraska 129
82nd Columbus, Ohio 127
83rd Cincinnati, Ohio 127
84th Tucson, Arizona 126
85th Louisville, Kentucky 126
86th Boise, Idaho 126
87th Lawrence, Kansas 125
88th San Antonio, Texas 125
89th Corpus Christi, Texas 124
90th Roanoke, Virginia 124
91st Albuquerque, New Mexico 123
92nd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 123
93rd Erie, Pennsylvania 122
94th Lincoln, Nebraska 120
95th Memphis, Tennessee 119
96th Huntsville, Alabama 118
97th Florence, Alabama 117
98th Greensboro, North Carolina 115
99th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 113
100th San Antonio, California 112
101st Springfield, Missouri 109
102nd Youngstown, Ohio 109

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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