Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,583
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,640
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 87% of countries in the World (13 out of 90)
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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 $0.88
12 eggs, large $3.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.06
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.74
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of coca-cola $1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.05
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,245
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,615
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 $1,143
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $113
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $47
40” flat screen tv $298
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $119
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) $44
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $113
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,928
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.77
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) $110
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.07
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.61
Tube of toothpaste $1.82
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) $224
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 $4.78
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.79
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $399
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district $53
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 287
2nd Nantucket 282
3rd Mountain View, California 282
4th New York City 277
5th San Francisco, California 269
6th Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 266
7th Walnut Creek, California 258
8th Beaverton, Oregon 251
9th Montclair, New Jersey 249
10th Berkeley, California 248
11th Washington D.C. 245
12th Oakland, California 240
13th San Bernardino, California 238
14th Jersey City, New Jersey 231
15th Boston, Massachusetts 228
16th Los Angeles, California 223
17th Seattle, Washington 222
18th Honolulu, Hawaii 222
19th San Jose, California 218
20th Santa Cruz, California 214
21st Irvine, California 214
22nd Chicago, Illinois 213
23rd Maui 213
24th Cocoa Beach, Florida 213
25th Long Beach, California 211
26th Denver, Colorado 210
27th Miami, Florida 209
28th Stamford, Connecticut 207
29th Santa Barbara, California 206
30th San Diego, California 206
31st Boulder, Colorado 206
32nd Sacramento, California 203
33rd Portland, Oregon 203
34th Laguna Niguel, California 202
35th Anchorage, Alaska 200
36th Newark, New Jersey 197
37th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 189
38th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 185
39th Fort Worth, Texas 182
40th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 181
41st Charlotte, North Carolina 181
42nd Baltimore, Maryland 181
43rd Austin, Texas 179
44th Atlanta, Georgia 178
45th Salt Lake City, Utah 178
46th Burlington, Vermont 178
47th Phoenix, Arizona 178
48th Charleston, South Carolina 175
49th Dallas, Texas 175
50th Orlando, Florida 175
51st Santa Fe, New Mexico 174
52nd Pensacola, Florida 174
53rd Tampa, Florida 174
54th Kodiak, Alaska 173
55th Providence, Rhode Island 173
56th Houston, Texas 173
57th Vancouver, Washington 171
58th Savannah, Georgia 171
59th Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 171
60th New Orleans, Louisiana 169
61st Las Vegas, Nevada 168
62nd Colorado Springs, Colorado 168
63rd Ithaca, New York 167
64th Cleveland, Ohio 167
65th Raleigh, North Carolina 166
66th Nashville, Tennessee 166
67th Albany, New York 166
68th Provo, Utah 165
69th Riverside, California 165
70th Shreveport, Louisiana 165
71st Spokane, Washington 163
72nd St. Louis, Missouri 162
73rd Fargo 161
74th Detroit, Michigan 159
75th Columbus, Ohio 159
76th Milwaukee, Wisconsin 159
77th Indianapolis, Indiana 158
78th Charlottesville, Virginia 158
79th Asheville, North Carolina 158
80th Jacksonville, Florida 157
81st Kansas City, Missouri 157
82nd Tallahassee, Florida 154
83rd Louisville, Kentucky 154
84th Boise, Idaho 154
85th San Antonio, Texas 153
86th Omaha, Nebraska 153
87th Cincinnati, Ohio 153
88th Corpus Christi, Texas 152
89th Lawrence, Kansas 152
90th Green Bay, Wisconsin 152
91st Rochester, New York 152
92nd Modesto, California 151
93rd Tucson, Arizona 151
94th Erie, Pennsylvania 150
95th Roanoke, Virginia 149
96th Wichita, Kansas 148
97th Flint, Michigan 146
98th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 146
99th Lincoln, Nebraska 145
100th Albuquerque, New Mexico 144
101st Huntsville, Alabama 143
102nd Lubbock, Texas 141
103rd Memphis, Tennessee 140
104th Greensboro, North Carolina 139
105th Florence, Alabama 137
106th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 135
107th San Antonio, California 133
108th Youngstown, Ohio 130
109th Springfield, Missouri 130

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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