Canada vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

CanadaUnited States
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1701
$1951
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3908
$4413
🏠 One person rent
$965
$1209
🏘️ Family rent
$1586
$1976
🍽️ Food Expenses
$491
$505
🚐 Transport Expenses
$125
$95.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2973
$3912
💸 GDP per capita
$43242
$63544
😃 Human freedom index
8.66
8.52
❤️ Life expectancy
82
78.8
👮 Corruption perceptions index
77
67
🏙️ Population
37.9M
331M

The average cost of living in Canada ($1701) is 13% less expensive than in the United States ($1951). Canada ranked 21st 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 1.7 months in Canada compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 6th and 2nd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Canada vs the United States

CanadaUnited States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.9
$13.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$53.8
$55.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.71
$7.99
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.11
$4.96
☕ Cappuccino
$3.49
$4.41
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.79
$1.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$985
$1253
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$789
$989
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1643
$2083
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1346
$1670
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$81.7
$104
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$126
$160
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$55
$63.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.98%
3.86%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4804
$4731
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3706
$2660
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.58
$2.16
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$82.2
$64.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.8
$17.4
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.93
$0.71
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.93
$0.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.12
$2.65
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.62
$3.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.87
$2.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.5
$11.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$9.21
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.3
$13
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.24
$4.33
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.71
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.2
$3.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.56
$4.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.2
$2.39
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.06
$2.39
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.08
$1.21
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.9
$2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13
$12.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.48
$2.67
🚬 Cigarette pack
$11.5
$8.55
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.42
$8.35
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.02
$5.08
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.5
$3.61
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.03
$1.88
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$38.3
$41.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11
$12
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$69.1
$111
💇 Haircut, simple
$15.4
$16.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.9
$45.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$83.9
$79.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$841
$1011
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11705
$14855

Cities Comparison in Canada vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Canada

CityCost of livingPopulation
Toronto
$2194
2.73M
Montreal
$1592
1.83M
Calgary
$1682
1.24M
Ottawa
$1806
934K
Edmonton
$1661
933K
Mississauga
$2059
722K
Vancouver
$2022
631K
Winnipeg
$1538
705K
Surrey
$1889
518K
Brampton
$1944
594K
Quebec City
$1244
550K
Hamilton
$1731
537K
London
$1563
384K
Markham
$2141
329K
Halifax
$1620
403K
Laval
$1337
442K
Vaughan
$2133
306K
Burlington
$2076
176K
Gatineau
$1368
290K
Saskatoon
$1599
246K
Burnaby
$1930
233K
Longueuil
$1258
252K
Regina
$1450
215K
Kitchener
$1535
233K
Richmond Hill
$1993
195K
Oakville
$2212
183K
Barrie
$1456
197K
Sherbrooke
$1015
171K
Oshawa
$1441
159K
Coquitlam
$1890
139K

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