Canada vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

CanadaUnited States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1702
$1951
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3911
$4414
🏠 One person rent
$966
$1209
🏘️ Family rent
$1588
$1976
🍽️ Food expenses
$491
$505
🚐 Transport expenses
$125
$95.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2983
$3904
💸 GDP per capita
$43242
$63544
😃 Human freedom index
8.66
8.52
❤️ Life expectancy
82
78.8
👮 Corruption perceptions index
77
67
🌐 English speaking %
82.1%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
99
100
😀 Quality of life
83
76
🏙️ Population
37.9M
331M

The average cost of living in Canada ($1702) 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 1.8 months in Canada compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 7th and 20th 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
$53.9
$55.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.72
$7.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.12
$4.96
 Cappuccino
$3.49
$4.4
🥤 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
$984
$1252
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$790
$989
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1648
$2084
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1347
$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
$63.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.98%
3.86%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4810
$4724
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3712
$2661
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.58
$2.16
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$82.2
$64.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.9
$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
$2.66
🍚 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
$11.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$9.22
🥩 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
$3.54
$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
$11.6
$8.55
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.4
$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
$38.4
$41.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11
$12
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$69.2
$111
💇 Haircut, simple
$15.4
$16.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$52
$45.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$83.9
$79.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$841
$1012
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11701
$14850

Cities Comparison in Canada vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Canada

CityCost of livingPopulation
Toronto
$2197
2.73M
Montreal
$1596
1.83M
Calgary
$1685
1.24M
Ottawa
$1808
934K
Edmonton
$1669
933K
Mississauga
$2062
722K
Vancouver
$2034
631K
Winnipeg
$1540
705K
Surrey
$1880
518K
Brampton
$1935
594K
Quebec City
$1244
550K
Hamilton
$1722
537K
London
$1564
384K
Markham
$2152
329K
Halifax
$1624
403K
Laval
$1334
442K
Vaughan
$2123
306K
Burlington
$2067
176K
Gatineau
$1363
290K
Saskatoon
$1609
246K
Burnaby
$1938
233K
Longueuil
$1261
252K
Regina
$1457
215K
Kitchener
$1542
233K
Oakville
$2198
183K
Richmond Hill
$2003
195K
Barrie
$1454
197K
Sherbrooke
$1017
171K
Oshawa
$1435
159K
Coquitlam
$1879
139K

In the United States

CityCost of livingPopulation
New York City
$3284
8.4M
Los Angeles
$2668
3.98M
Chicago
$2228
2.72M
Houston
$1842
2.2M
San Jose
$2747
1.03M
San Diego
$2537
1.39M
San Francisco
$3291
882K
Dallas
$1915
1.2M
Phoenix
$1853
1.63M
Philadelphia
$1949
1.58M
San Antonio
$1643
1.44M
Austin
$2001
913K
Seattle
$2517
745K
Charlotte
$1928
810K
Columbus
$1644
914K
Washington
$2604
706K
Boston
$2758
693K
Jacksonville
$1709
881K
Indianapolis
$1613
863K
Denver
$2093
683K
Hempstead
$2882
760K
Fort Worth
$1798
812K
Baltimore
$1859
622K
Portland
$2140
653K
Nashville
$1889
668K
Louisville
$1546
760K
Atlanta
$1922
486K
Detroit
$1828
680K
Oakland
$3139
423K
Las Vegas
$1670
648K