Cologne vs Raleigh - Cost of Living Comparison

Cologne Raleigh
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1502
$1896
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3553
$4564
🏠 One person rent
$800
$1150
🏘️ Family rent
$1406
$2074
🍽️ Food expenses
$375
$506
🚐 Transport expenses
$205
$86.1
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2485
$4803
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
14 km
🎓 Higher education
91
83
😀 Quality of life
95
89
🏙️ Population
1.08M
474K

The cost of living in Cologne is 21% less expensive than in Raleigh. Cities ranked 2657th and 1812th ($1502 vs $1896) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 13th and 1677th in Germany and the United States, respectively. Check Germany vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cologne compared to 2.5 months in Raleigh. Cologne ranked 3rd best city to live in Germany vs Raleigh ranked 28th in the United States, while ranked 15th and 128th among best cities to live in the world.

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Cologne Raleigh
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12
$12.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$43.4
$55.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.6
$7.85
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.95
$5.08
 Cappuccino
$2.83
$4.75
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.32
$1.75
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$746
$1294
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$597
$907
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1462
$2402
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1077
$1714
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$143
$105
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$221
$163
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.1
$59.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.4%
5.19%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6543
$6118
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4352
$2461
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.1
$2.02
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$97.6
$42.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.7
$14.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.94
$1.01
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.02
$0.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.73
$2.6
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$3.79
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.73
$2.43
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$8.82
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.02
$9.45
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.5
$13.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.68
$4.38
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$1.41
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.82
$5.56
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$3.87
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$2.44
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.91
$2.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.25
$1.4
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.68
$1.73
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.08
$14
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.8
$2.68
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.34
$6.49
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.01
$9.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.02
$4.04
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.48
$3.23
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.64
$1.86
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$30
$34.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.5
$11.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$47.9
$142
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.9
$15.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$87.2
$45.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.9
$79.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$512
$1164
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10097
$12235

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Distance City Cost of living
9.2 km or 5.7 mi Hurth
$1222
10 km or 6.4 mi Leverkusen
$1474
10 km or 6.4 mi Frechen
$1221
13 km or 7.9 mi Bruhl
$1161
13 km or 7.9 mi Pulheim
$1219
14 km or 8.4 mi Wesseling
$1214
14 km or 8.5 mi Bergisch Gladbach
$1186
15 km or 9.3 mi Niederkassel
$1217
16 km or 10 mi Rosrath
$1219
18 km or 11 mi Monheim am Rhein
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Dormagen
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Erftstadt
$1218
19 km or 12 mi Langenfeld
$1217
20 km or 12 mi Troisdorf
$1221
20 km or 12 mi Leichlingen
$1219
20 km or 12 mi Kerpen
$1218
21 km or 13 mi Bornheim
$1213
21 km or 13 mi Lohmar
$1215
22 km or 14 mi Bergheim
$1138
23 km or 15 mi Siegburg
$1212
24 km or 15 mi Overath
$1217
25 km or 16 mi Sankt Augustin
$1219
25 km or 16 mi Bonn
$1440
26 km or 16 mi Hilden
$1218
26 km or 16 mi Solingen
$969
27 km or 17 mi Elsdorf
$1214
28 km or 17 mi Wermelskirchen
$1221
28 km or 17 mi Haan
$1215
28 km or 18 mi Bedburg
$1214
29 km or 18 mi Hennef
$1216
31 km or 19 mi Grevenbroich
$1218
31 km or 19 mi Remscheid
$1209
31 km or 20 mi Erkrath
$1221
33 km or 20 mi Konigswinter
$1215
34 km or 21 mi Euskirchen
$1211
34 km or 21 mi Neuss
$1281
34 km or 21 mi Mettmann
$1218
35 km or 21 mi Zulpich
$1221
35 km or 21 mi Meckenheim
$1218
35 km or 22 mi Dusseldorf
$1470

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Distance City Cost of living
12 km or 7.6 mi Garner
$1935
15 km or 9.1 mi Cary
$1989
17 km or 10 mi Morrisville
$1987
21 km or 13 mi Wake Forest
$1947
21 km or 13 mi Apex
$1947
25 km or 16 mi Holly Springs
$2139
28 km or 18 mi Fuquay-Varina
$1933
30 km or 19 mi Durham
$1841
38 km or 23 mi Chapel Hill
$2494
60 km or 37 mi Henderson
$1941
61 km or 38 mi Sanford
$1360
65 km or 41 mi Wilson
$1939
77 km or 48 mi Rocky Mount
$1737
77 km or 48 mi Goldsboro
$1547
78 km or 49 mi Burlington
$1949
87 km or 54 mi Fayetteville
$1570
106 km or 66 mi Asheboro
$1950
109 km or 68 mi Danville
$1441
110 km or 68 mi Greensboro
$1640
114 km or 71 mi Roanoke Rapids
$1935
114 km or 71 mi Kinston
$1979
117 km or 73 mi Greenville
$1710
123 km or 76 mi High Point
$1642
129 km or 80 mi Thomasville
$1508
133 km or 83 mi Kernersville
$1872
137 km or 85 mi Lumberton
$1820
141 km or 87 mi Rockingham
$1946
149 km or 92 mi Winston-Salem
$1724
163 km or 101 mi Jacksonville
$1608
165 km or 103 mi New Bern
$1822
166 km or 103 mi Salisbury
$1949
182 km or 113 mi Kannapolis
$1934
182 km or 113 mi Lynchburg
$1562
183 km or 114 mi Concord
$1876
189 km or 117 mi Havelock
$1590
190 km or 118 mi Wilmington
$1956
191 km or 119 mi Petersburg
$1946
196 km or 122 mi Monroe
$1939
196 km or 122 mi Mint Hill
$1947
198 km or 123 mi Roanoke
$1610