Cape Town vs New York City - Cost of Living Comparison

Cape Town New York City
🚶 Cost of living one person
$904
$3563
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2131
$7275
🏠 One person rent
$524
$2283
🏘️ Family rent
$983
$3047
🍽️ Food expenses
$245
$701
🚐 Transport expenses
$54
$378
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1340
$6526
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
13 km
🎓 Higher education
56
100
😀 Quality of life
61
96
🏙️ Population
434K
8.4M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 75% less expensive than in New York City. Cities ranked 5702nd and 2nd ($904 vs $3563) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 4th and 1st in South Africa and the United States, respectively. Check South Africa vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in Cape Town compared to 1.8 months in New York City. Cape Town ranked 2nd best city to live in South Africa vs New York City ranked 1st in the United States, while ranked 4995th and 13th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cape Town vs New York City

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Cape Town New York City
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.25
$19.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$30
$82
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.04
$10.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.12
$8.01
 Cappuccino
$1.81
$5.03
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.92
$2.51
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$586
$2914
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$397
$1930
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1213
$4179
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$785
$2505
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$42.6
$98.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$65.1
$149
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.7
$58.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.14%
5.2%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2104
$15476
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1443
$9160
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.21
$2.75
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$30.7
$129
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.84
$24.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.3
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.92
$1.23
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.91
$3.47
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.11
$5.08
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.3
$4.11
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.12
$17.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.58
$15.3
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.83
$20.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$4.28
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$2.66
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$5
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$5.19
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$3.21
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$3.75
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.62
$1.6
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.32
$2.61
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.99
$18.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.53
$4.04
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.88
$14.6
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.43
$8.11
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.32
$7.92
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$5.28
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.18
$2.09
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.6
$83.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$17.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$24.2
$161
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.86
$24.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$48.4
$55.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.4
$92.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$213
$2234
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4730
$23587

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$761
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$785
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$783
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$800
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$696
950 km or 590 mi Mafeteng
$579
999 km or 621 mi Maseru
$593
1002 km or 622 mi Mthatha
$760
1029 km or 639 mi Teyateyaneng
$579
1030 km or 640 mi Welkom
$708
1034 km or 643 mi Mariental
$804
1092 km or 679 mi Butha-Buthe
$579
1092 km or 679 mi Kroonstad
$770
1113 km or 692 mi Klerksdorp
$629
1135 km or 705 mi Mmabatho
$762
1155 km or 718 mi Potchefstroom
$639
1187 km or 737 mi Rehoboth
$806
1194 km or 742 mi Lobatse
$615
1198 km or 745 mi Kanye
$641
1208 km or 751 mi Vanderbijlpark
$852
1217 km or 756 mi Vereeniging
$728
1231 km or 765 mi Pietermaritzburg
$685
1244 km or 773 mi Soweto
$897
1250 km or 777 mi Rustenburg
$881
1260 km or 783 mi Gaborone
$668
1261 km or 783 mi Molepolole
$616
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$935
1267 km or 788 mi Randburg
$776
1269 km or 789 mi Windhoek
$841
1270 km or 789 mi Sandton
$907
1271 km or 790 mi Durban
$827
1277 km or 794 mi Gobabis
$801
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$743

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$2905
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$2281
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$1939
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$2314
14 km or 8.9 mi Bayonne
$2545
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$1951
17 km or 10 mi Secaucus
$1939
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$1934
18 km or 11 mi Kearny
$1941
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$1943
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$2781
20 km or 13 mi Lyndhurst
$1935
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$1956
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$1942
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$1935
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$1946
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$1944
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$1929
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$1942
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$1946
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$1941
26 km or 16 mi Hackensack
$1946
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$2026
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$1939
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$2343
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$1933
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$2665
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$1936
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$2324
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$1947
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$1952
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