Cost of living in United States

Summary of cost of living in United States

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,781
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,802
  • Cost of living in United States is more expensive than in 80% of countries in the World (14 out of 66)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.45
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.91
12 eggs, large $2.88
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.72
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.94
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of coca-cola $1.99
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.37
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,375
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,770
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $188
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,642
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,269
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $126
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $54
40” flat screen tv $275
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $130
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $48
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $43
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $88
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $111
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.79
Monthly ticket public transport $76
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $17
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $113
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.73
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.12
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.80
Tube of toothpaste $1.91
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $23
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $48
2 tickets to the movies $26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $180
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $78
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.86
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.92
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $442
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.18
1 month of gym membership in business district $50
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $8

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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 San Francisco, California 256
2nd New York City 249
3rd Oakland, California 218
4th Maui 217
5th Washington D.C. 216
6th Los Angeles, California 215
7th Jersey City, New Jersey 212
8th San Jose, California 210
9th Boston, Massachusetts 208
10th Honolulu, Hawaii 206
11th Seattle, Washington 205
12th San Diego, California 202
13th Miami, Florida 200
14th Chicago, Illinois 197
15th Irvine, California 192
16th Denver, Colorado 191
17th Portland, Oregon 190
18th Sacramento, California 185
19th Boulder, Colorado 183
20th Anchorage, Alaska 181
21st Newark, New Jersey 171
22nd Austin, Texas 169
23rd Charlotte, North Carolina 169
24th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota 169
25th Atlanta, Georgia 168
26th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 168
27th Dallas, Texas 168
28th Nantucket 168
29th Tampa, Florida 167
30th Salt Lake City, Utah 164
31st Orlando, Florida 163
32nd Providence, Rhode Island 163
33rd Baltimore, Maryland 163
34th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 161
35th Phoenix, Arizona 161
36th Nashville, Tennessee 160
37th Fort Worth, Texas 158
38th Albany, New York 158
39th Santa Fe, New Mexico 157
40th Raleigh, North Carolina 157
41st St. Louis, Missouri 156
42nd New Orleans, Louisiana 155
43rd Houston, Texas 154
44th Cleveland, Ohio 153
45th Detroit, Michigan 153
46th Las Vegas, Nevada 151
47th Jacksonville, Florida 150
48th Asheville, North Carolina 148
49th Spokane, Washington 146
50th Indianapolis, Indiana 146
51st Milwaukee, Wisconsin 146
52nd Boise, Idaho 144
53rd Modesto, California 143
54th Kansas City, Missouri 143
55th Tallahassee, Florida 143
56th Omaha, Nebraska 142
57th Cincinnati, Ohio 141
58th San Antonio, Texas 140
59th Pensacola, Florida 138
60th Albuquerque, New Mexico 137
61st Tucson, Arizona 137
62nd Columbus, Ohio 137
63rd Louisville, Kentucky 136
64th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 131
65th Green Bay, Wisconsin 131
66th Montclair, New Jersey 130
67th Memphis, Tennessee 129
68th Provo, Utah 124
69th Lawrence, Kansas 122
70th Cedar Rapids, Iowa 121
71st Youngstown, Ohio 121
72nd San Antonio, California 119
73rd Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 102
74th Florence, Alabama 92

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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