Cost of living in Washington D.C., United States

Summary of cost of living in Washington D.C.

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,476
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,134
  • Cost of living in Washington D.C. is more expensive than in 88% of cities in USA (6 out of 43)
  • Cost of living in Washington D.C. is more expensive than in 89% of cities in N. America (7 out of 57)
  • Cost of living in Washington D.C. is more expensive than in 96% of cities in the World (12 out of 272)
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List of prices in Washington D.C.
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.98
12 eggs, large $3.47
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.47
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.80
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.43
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of coca-cola $2.20
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.88
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $3,702
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,829
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $223
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,031
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,713
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $127
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $64
40” flat screen tv $326
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $125
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $56
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $86
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $92
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $116
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,410
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.95
Monthly ticket public transport $96
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $12
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $108
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.37
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.32
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.82
Tube of toothpaste $2.46
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $29
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $59
2 tickets to the movies $28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $278
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $93
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.48
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $416
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district $79
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 269 prices entered by 38 different people.
Latest price update: May 18, 2022

DC position in our World Ranking

the world
12th
out of 272
n. america
7th
out of 57
usa
6th
out of 43

Cheapest and most expensive products in DC compared to other cities:

the world
3rd
n. america
2nd
usa
1st
usa
3rd
usa
3rd
usa
3rd

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