Cost of living in Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Summary of cost of living in Iowa City, Iowa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $4,020
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,102
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Iowa City, Iowa
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.70
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.93
12 eggs, large $2.33
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes -
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese -
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples -
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.59
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.69
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of coca-cola $1.84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.26
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $1,810
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,036
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $122
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,075
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $753
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $127
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $48
40” flat screen tv $444
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $84
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $25
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) -
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $96
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $110
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.78
Monthly ticket public transport -
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $17
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.01
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper -
Tube of toothpaste -
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $23
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $40
2 tickets to the movies $20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $110
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $92
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.01
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.44
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $378
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $51
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $7
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 40 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: September 28, 2022

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