Expatistan's Cost of Living Map of North America

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This map shows only the top cities in the world. We also have a 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.

Expatistan Cost of Living Index in North America

Ranking City Price Index: *
1st Hamilton (Bermuda) 289
2nd New York City (United States) 271
3rd San Francisco, California (United States) 254
4th Maui (United States) 237
5th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 226
6th Los Angeles, California (United States) 225
7th Washington D.C. (United States) 220
8th Seattle, Washington (United States) 207
9th Denver, Colorado (United States) 207
10th San Diego, California (United States) 206
11th Portland, Oregon (United States) 204
12th Sacramento, California (United States) 202
13th Vancouver (Canada) 200
14th Chicago, Illinois (United States) 197
15th Irvine, California (United States) 194
16th Toronto (Canada) 193
17th Cocoa Beach, Florida (United States) 189
18th Boulder, Colorado (United States) 187
19th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 177
20th Austin, Texas (United States) 176
21st Newark, New Jersey (United States) 174
22nd Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 172
23rd Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 170
24th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 170
25th Victoria (Canada) 170
26th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 168
27th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 166
28th Ottawa (Canada) 165
29th Orlando, Florida (United States) 165
30th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 164
31st Edmonton (Canada) 163
32nd Providence, Rhode Island (United States) 161
33rd St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 160
34th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 160
35th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 159
36th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 158
37th Santa Fe, New Mexico (United States) 157
38th Houston, Texas (United States) 155
39th Barrie (Canada) 153
40th Kelowna (Canada) 152
41st Tallahassee, Florida (United States) 149
42nd Winnipeg (Canada) 147
43rd London, Ontario (Canada) 146
44th Modesto, California (United States) 145
45th Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 141
46th Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Canada) 140
47th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 140
48th Guelph (Canada) 138
49th Abbotsford (Canada) 138
50th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 138
51st Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 138
52nd Tucson, Arizona (United States) 137
53rd Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 130
54th Quebec City (Canada) 129
55th Youngstown, Ohio (United States) 126
56th Cedar Rapids, Iowa (United States) 122
57th San Antonio, California (United States) 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.

What is Expatistan?

Expatistan is a cost of living calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between cities around the world. The comparisons allow you to get a better understanding of the cost of living of any city before you move there.

What makes us unique is that we collect the prices that we use to calculate our cost of living index from visitors like you. Naturally, the more data entered, the more accurate the index and the calculations will be.

That's why we need your help to keep prices accurate and up to date. You can help by entering the prices that you know in New York City.

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  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Chicago, Illinois costs $10 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Dhaka costs Taka 600 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Tijuana costs Mex$ 20,000 (about 3 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Arica costs CH$900 (about 3 hours ago)

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