Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,601
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,654
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 84% of countries in the World (15 out of 85)
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Food
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 $4.32
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.87
12 eggs, large $2.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.78
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of coca-cola $1.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.03
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,267
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,623
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $176
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,605
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,152
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $107
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen tv $299
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $117
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $49
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $45
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $111
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,140
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.74
Monthly ticket public transport $80
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $20
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $109
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.60
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.20
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.62
Tube of toothpaste $1.86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $45
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $220
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $75
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.83
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.79
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $392
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district $52
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $8

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 Babylon, New York 265
2nd Mountain View, California 260
3rd Nantucket 260
4th New York City 257
5th San Francisco, California 249
6th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 245
7th Walnut Creek, California 239
8th Jersey City, New Jersey 233
9th Beaverton, Oregon 231
10th Montclair, New Jersey 230
11th Berkeley, California 228
12th Washington D.C. 224
13th Oakland, California 221
14th San Bernardino, California 219
15th Boston, Massachusetts 213
16th Los Angeles, California 208
17th Seattle, Washington 203
18th Honolulu, Hawaii 202
19th Miami, Florida 200
20th Irvine, California 198
21st Maui 198
22nd Chicago, Illinois 197
23rd San Jose, California 196
24th Cocoa Beach, Florida 196
25th Long Beach, California 195
26th Santa Barbara, California 193
27th Denver, Colorado 193
28th Stamford, Connecticut 191
29th Boulder, Colorado 189
30th Portland, Oregon 188
31st San Diego, California 186
32nd Sacramento, California 186
33rd Laguna Niguel, California 185
34th Anchorage, Alaska 184
35th Newark, New Jersey 181
36th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 178
37th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 170
38th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 169
39th Austin, Texas 169
40th Orlando, Florida 167
41st Charlotte, North Carolina 167
42nd Salt Lake City, Utah 166
43rd Fort Worth, Texas 166
44th Phoenix, Arizona 165
45th Burlington, Vermont 165
46th Baltimore, Maryland 162
47th Charleston, South Carolina 162
48th Tampa, Florida 162
49th Atlanta, Georgia 161
50th Dallas, Texas 161
51st Santa Fe, New Mexico 160
52nd Kodiak, Alaska 160
53rd Providence, Rhode Island 160
54th Pensacola, Florida 159
55th Las Vegas, Nevada 159
56th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 158
57th Vancouver, Washington 157
58th Savannah, Georgia 157
59th Nashville, Tennessee 156
60th New Orleans, Louisiana 155
61st Riverside, California 155
62nd Colorado Springs, Colorado 154
63rd Cleveland, Ohio 154
64th Ithaca, New York 154
65th Provo, Utah 153
66th Raleigh, North Carolina 153
67th St. Louis, Missouri 151
68th Shreveport, Louisiana 151
69th Houston, Texas 150
70th Indianapolis, Indiana 150
71st Spokane, Washington 150
72nd Detroit, Michigan 149
73rd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 148
74th Fargo 148
75th Charlottesville, Virginia 146
76th Kansas City, Missouri 145
77th Jacksonville, Florida 145
78th Asheville, North Carolina 144
79th Modesto, California 144
80th Tallahassee, Florida 144
81st San Antonio, Texas 143
82nd Tucson, Arizona 143
83rd Louisville, Kentucky 141
84th Omaha, Nebraska 141
85th Boise, Idaho 141
86th Green Bay, Wisconsin 140
87th Corpus Christi, Texas 140
88th Rochester, New York 140
89th Lawrence, Kansas 139
90th Cincinnati, Ohio 139
91st Erie, Pennsylvania 138
92nd Roanoke, Virginia 137
93rd Lincoln, Nebraska 134
94th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 133
95th Albuquerque, New Mexico 132
96th Lubbock, Texas 130
97th Huntsville, Alabama 130
98th Memphis, Tennessee 129
99th Greensboro, North Carolina 127
100th Florence, Alabama 127
101st Cedar Rapids, Iowa 124
102nd San Antonio, California 123
103rd Youngstown, Ohio 120
104th Springfield, Missouri 120

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 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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