Cost of living in New York City, United States

Summary of cost of living in New York City

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,841
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,216
  • New York City is the most expensive city in USA (1 out of 42)
  • New York City is the 2nd most expensive city in N. America (2 out of 53)
  • Cost of living in New York City is more expensive than in 98% of cities in the World (6 out of 200)

List of prices in New York City, United States. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.06
12 eggs, large $4.14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.90
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $4.43
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $17
2 liters of coca-cola $2.28
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $3.16
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $3,754
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,698
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $150
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,617
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,791
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $89
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $54
40” flat screen tv $311
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $243
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $13
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $59
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $39
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $113
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $29,858
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.82
Monthly ticket public transport $128
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $25
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $177
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.62
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $8
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.93
Tube of toothpaste $2.37
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $31
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $66
2 tickets to the movies $33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $424
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $133
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $398
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.48
1 month of gym membership in business district $98
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $15
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,300 prices entered by 295 different people.
Latest price update: February 24, 2021

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New York position in our World Ranking

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6th
out of 200
n. america
2nd
out of 53
usa
1st
out of 42

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