France vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

France United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1363
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3344
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$708
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$1318
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$456
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$90.3
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2346
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$39037
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
8.34
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
82.2
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
71
67
🌐 English speaking %
35.2%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
87
100
😀 Quality of life
74
75
🏙️ Population
67.1M
331M

The average cost of living in France ($1363) is 35% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). France ranked 29th vs 6th 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 France compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 26th and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in France vs the United States

We calculate prices for France and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 151 and 2202 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

France United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.5
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.2
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.27
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.58
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$2.99
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.54
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$699
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$557
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1385
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1086
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$92.3
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$142
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.4
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.55%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5659
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4292
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.72
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$51.6
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.6
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.88
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.08
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.51
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.3
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$17.6
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.79
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.01
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.7
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.96
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.07
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.54
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.56
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.18
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$10.1
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.27
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.83
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.07
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.06
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.2
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$10.5
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$26
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.1
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$81.5
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$88.8
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$653
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9101
$14606

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Cities Comparison in France vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In France

City Cost of living Population
Paris
$2095
2.17M
Marseille
$1329
871K
Lyon
$1379
523K
Toulouse
$1327
493K
Montpellier
$1252
296K
Nice
$1419
343K
Nantes
$1214
319K
Strasbourg
$1131
287K
Lille
$1229
234K
Bordeaux
$1315
261K
Boulogne-Billancourt
$1308
122K
Rennes
$1153
220K
Reims
$1326
181K
Toulon
$1259
179K
Angers
$1161
156K
Le Havre
$1124
168K
Aix-en-Provence
$1402
145K
Grenoble
$1211
158K
Clermont-Ferrand
$1225
148K
Saint-Etienne
$952
174K
Le Mans
$1239
144K
Nimes
$1051
149K
Tours
$1142
137K
Villeurbanne
$1329
152K
Dijon
$1100
158K
Annecy
$1567
131K
Limoges
$1105
131K
Brest
$1052
140K
Versailles
$1406
84.8K
Amiens
$1150
135K

In the United States

City Cost of living Population
New York City
$3563
8.4M
Los Angeles
$2865
3.98M
Chicago
$2384
2.75M
Houston
$1955
2.2M
San Diego
$2797
1.39M
Philadelphia
$2361
1.58M
San Jose
$2722
1.03M
Phoenix
$2374
1.61M
Dallas
$2268
1.3M
San Antonio
$1773
1.44M
Seattle
$2734
745K
Austin
$2219
913K
Charlotte
$2038
875K
Boston
$2911
693K
Denver
$2384
716K
Washington
$2664
690K
Columbus
$1891
914K
Jacksonville
$1860
881K
Indianapolis
$1868
863K
Hempstead
$2665
793K
Fort Worth
$1908
812K
San Francisco
$3415
882K
Nashville
$2209
668K
Baltimore
$1988
622K
Louisville
$1606
760K
Memphis
$1641
633K
Portland
$2363
653K
Oakland
$3240
391K
Albuquerque
$1617
565K
Milwaukee
$1755
600K