Germany vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

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Germany United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1581
$2433
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3855
$5667
🏠 One person rent
$848
$1552
🏘️ Family rent
$1584
$2714
🍽️ Food expenses
$488
$618
🚐 Transport expenses
$112
$104
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2943
$4694
💸 GDP per capita
$48718
$76330
😃 Human freedom index
8.37
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
76.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
78
69
🌐 English speaking %
56.3%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
94
100
😀 Quality of life
92
86
🏙️ Population
83.1M
331M

The average cost of living in Germany ($1581) is 35% less expensive than in the United States ($2433). Germany ranked 27th vs 7th 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 1.9 months in Germany compared to 1.9 months in the United States. Ranked 12th and 21st best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs the United States

We calculate prices for Germany and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 662 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.

Germany United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.2
$18.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$63.3
$73.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$10.1
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.4
$6.08
 Cappuccino
$3.53
$5.09
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.81
$2.51
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$777
$1611
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$605
$1301
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1553
$2861
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1217
$2352
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$165
$122
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$254
$188
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.6
$67
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.94%
6.5%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5580
$4763
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4266
$3852
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.2
$2.38
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$55.9
$71.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23.5
$18.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.89
$0.99
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.18
$1.09
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.03
$3.44
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.72
$4.32
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.58
$3.89
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.3
$11.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.2
$16.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.56
$5.02
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.5
$1.78
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.28
$4.43
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.03
$4.66
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.69
$2.78
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.95
$2.87
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.5
$1.41
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.01
$2.51
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.74
$14.4
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.01
$2.12
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.61
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.49
$9.27
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.7
$5.79
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.69
$4.29
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.71
$2.09
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$36
$50
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.5
$13.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$62.1
$116
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.8
$20.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$86.2
$53.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$92.1
$89.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$455
$1423
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$12634
$19463

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$2013
3.68M
Hamburg City
$1909
1.85M
Munich
$2188
1.49M
Cologne
$1752
1.07M
Frankfurt
$1902
759K
Stuttgart
$1753
626K
Dusseldorf
$1776
619K
Essen
$1519
579K
Bremen City
$1716
563K
Dresden
$1406
555K
Dortmund
$1401
587K
Hanover
$1744
553K
Nuremberg
$1757
511K
Leipzig
$1371
625K
Duisburg
$1395
495K
Karlsruhe
$1805
307K
Mannheim
$1512
312K
Wuppertal
$1124
355K
Bochum
$1471
363K
Bonn
$1593
332K
Braunschweig
$1391
249K
Augsburg
$1751
296K
Bielefeld
$1422
334K
Halle
$1242
238K
Wiesbaden
$1713
279K
Aachen
$1502
249K
Munster
$1688
318K
Monchengladbach
$1476
261K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1275
232K
Magdeburg
$1297
236K

In the United States

City Cost of living Population
New York City
$4044
8.8M
Los Angeles
$3165
3.9M
Chicago
$2613
2.75M
Houston
$2221
2.3M
San Diego
$3427
1.39M
Phoenix
$2390
1.61M
Dallas
$2497
1.3M
San Jose
$3502
1.01M
Philadelphia
$2422
1.6M
San Francisco
$3729
874K
San Antonio
$2219
1.43M
Austin
$2590
962K
Seattle
$2974
737K
Washington
$3079
690K
Indianapolis
$2129
888K
Charlotte
$2710
875K
Hempstead
$2627
793K
Fort Worth
$2173
919K
Boston
$3345
676K
Jacksonville
$2246
950K
Denver
$2771
716K
Columbus
$2202
906K
Nashville
$2623
689K
Portland
$2579
653K
Louisville
$1918
633K
Atlanta
$2648
499K
Baltimore
$2197
586K
Detroit
$1979
639K
Las Vegas
$2408
642K
El Paso
$1613
679K