Australia vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

AustraliaUnited States
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1944
$1951
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4489
$4413
🏠 One person rent
$1109
$1209
🏘️ Family rent
$1776
$1976
🍽️ Food Expenses
$491
$505
🚐 Transport Expenses
$213
$95.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3736
$3912
💸 GDP per capita
$51812
$63544
😃 Human freedom index
8.7
8.52
❤️ Life expectancy
82.9
78.8
👮 Corruption perceptions index
77
67
🏙️ Population
24.5M
331M

The average cost of living in Australia ($1944) is 0.3% less expensive than in the United States ($1951). Australia ranked 11th vs 10th for the United States in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.9 months in Australia compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 9th and 2nd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Australia vs the United States

AustraliaUnited States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.5
$13.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$56.6
$55.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.12
$7.99
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.21
$4.96
☕ Cappuccino
$3.3
$4.41
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.41
$1.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1186
$1253
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$896
$989
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2119
$2083
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1427
$1670
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$104
$104
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$159
$160
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$50.9
$63.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.32%
3.86%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6684
$4731
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4707
$2660
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.08
$2.16
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$97.2
$64.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.6
$17.4
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.04
$0.71
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.15
$0.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.94
$2.65
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$3.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.69
$2.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.15
$11.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.42
$9.21
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$13
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.37
$4.33
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.56
$1.71
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.68
$3.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.66
$4.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.43
$2.39
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.91
$2.39
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.12
$1.21
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.5
$12.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.95
$2.67
🚬 Cigarette pack
$24.9
$8.55
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.46
$8.35
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.2
$5.08
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.53
$3.61
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.77
$1.88
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$47.3
$41.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.5
$12
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$52.8
$111
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.4
$16.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$74.4
$45.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$102
$79.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1498
$1011
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$12538
$14855

Cities Comparison in Australia vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

CityCost of livingPopulation
Sydney
$2352
4.84M
Melbourne
$1953
4.53M
Brisbane
$1968
2.36M
Perth
$1789
2.04M
Adelaide
$1624
1.3M
Gold Coast
$1848
638K
Canberra
$1929
381K
Sunshine Coast
$1743
297K
Wollongong
$1626
262K
Hobart
$1786
222K
Newcastle
$1701
153K
Geelong
$1679
191K
Darwin
$1735
137K
Rockhampton
$1261
78.6K
Townsville
$1281
179K
Toowoomba
$1312
136K
Cairns
$1570
147K
Ipswich
$1818
163K
Ballarat
$1704
98.5K
Launceston
$1358
106K
Bendigo
$1479
95.6K
Wagga Wagga
$1551
67.4K
Melton
$1633
72.2K
Bunbury
$1390
71.1K
Hervey Bay
$1702
54.7K
Kellyville
$2044
28K
Berwick
$1634
47.7K
South Yarra
$2332
25.1K
Kalgoorlie
$1606
30.8K
Pakenham
$1628
46.4K

In the United States

CityCost of livingPopulation
New York City
$3271
8.4M
Los Angeles
$2674
3.98M
Chicago
$2241
2.72M
Houston
$1848
2.2M
San Diego
$2541
1.39M
San Jose
$2754
1.03M
San Francisco
$3293
882K
Dallas
$1909
1.2M
Phoenix
$1856
1.63M
Philadelphia
$1950
1.58M
San Antonio
$1637
1.44M
Austin
$2006
913K
Seattle
$2524
745K
Charlotte
$1929
810K
Columbus
$1648
914K
Washington
$2619
706K
Jacksonville
$1706
881K
Boston
$2757
693K
Indianapolis
$1604
863K
Denver
$2096
683K
Hempstead
$2890
760K
Fort Worth
$1795
812K
Baltimore
$1860
622K
Portland
$2151
653K
Nashville
$1896
668K
Louisville
$1553
760K
Atlanta
$1919
486K
Detroit
$1829
680K
Las Vegas
$1674
648K
Oakland
$3126
423K