France vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

FranceUnited States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1520
$1951
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3735
$4414
🏠 One person rent
$781
$1209
🏘️ Family rent
$1444
$1976
🍽️ Food expenses
$512
$505
🚐 Transport expenses
$102
$95.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2729
$3904
💸 GDP per capita
$38625
$63544
😃 Human freedom index
8.27
8.52
❤️ Life expectancy
82.6
78.8
👮 Corruption perceptions index
69
67
🌐 English speaking %
35.2%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
88
100
😀 Quality of life
73
76
🏙️ Population
67.1M
331M

The average cost of living in France ($1520) is 22% less expensive than in the United States ($1951). France ranked 26th 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 France compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 24th and 20th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in France vs the United States

FranceUnited States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$14.9
$13.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$55.5
$55.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$10.1
$7.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.5
$4.96
 Cappuccino
$3.6
$4.4
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.81
$1.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$763
$1252
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$598
$989
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1517
$2084
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1161
$1670
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$115
$104
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$177
$160
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$35.1
$63.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.64%
3.86%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6284
$4724
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4648
$2661
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.99
$2.16
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$59.6
$64.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.5
$17.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.71
$0.71
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.25
$0.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.72
$2.66
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$3.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.87
$2.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.3
$11.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.7
$9.22
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$19.5
$13
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.07
$4.33
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.34
$1.71
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.94
$3.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.3
$4.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.19
$2.39
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.33
$2.39
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.63
$1.21
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.57
$2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.31
$12.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.31
$2.67
🚬 Cigarette pack
$11.1
$8.55
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.36
$8.35
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.4
$5.08
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.23
$3.61
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.47
$1.88
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$40.4
$41.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.9
$12
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$29.6
$111
💇 Haircut, simple
$20.1
$16.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$93.5
$45.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$101
$79.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$711
$1012
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11662
$14850

Cities Comparison in France vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In France

CityCost of livingPopulation
Paris
$2338
2.18M
Marseille
$1511
868K
Lyon
$1521
519K
Toulouse
$1500
487K
Nantes
$1360
314K
Montpellier
$1413
290K
Nice
$1645
341K
Strasbourg
$1472
285K
Bordeaux
$1497
257K
Boulogne-Billancourt
$1464
121K
Lille
$1424
233K
Rennes
$1344
218K
Reims
$1273
182K
Le Havre
$1341
170K
Toulon
$1252
176K
Grenoble
$1342
158K
Aix-en-Provence
$1504
143K
Saint-Etienne
$1089
173K
Dijon
$1270
157K
Clermont-Ferrand
$1166
147K
Angers
$1252
155K
Villeurbanne
$1466
151K
Nimes
$1218
150K
Annecy
$1630
128K
Le Mans
$1254
143K
Tours
$1302
136K
Limoges
$1121
131K
Brest
$1151
140K
Amiens
$1243
134K
Versailles
$1760
85.2K

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