Germany vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

GermanyUnited States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1414
$1951
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3471
$4414
🏠 One person rent
$746
$1209
🏘️ Family rent
$1377
$1976
🍽️ Food expenses
$407
$505
🚐 Transport expenses
$124
$95.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2865
$3904
💸 GDP per capita
$45724
$63544
😃 Human freedom index
8.39
8.52
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
78.8
👮 Corruption perceptions index
80
67
🌐 English speaking %
56.3%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
94
100
😀 Quality of life
79
76
🏙️ Population
83.1M
331M

The average cost of living in Germany ($1414) is 28% less expensive than in the United States ($1951). Germany ranked 32nd 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 2 months in Germany compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 13th and 20th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs the United States

GermanyUnited States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$11.8
$13.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.6
$55.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.33
$7.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.16
$4.96
 Cappuccino
$3.37
$4.4
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.72
$1.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$702
$1252
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$532
$989
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1407
$2084
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1049
$1670
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$143
$104
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$220
$160
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$36.5
$63.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.92%
3.86%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5429
$4724
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3823
$2661
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.26
$2.16
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$80.1
$64.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23
$17.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.66
$0.71
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.03
$0.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.55
$2.66
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.07
$3.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.83
$2.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$11.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.2
$9.22
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.9
$13
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.71
$4.33
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.92
$1.71
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$3.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.01
$4.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$2.39
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.52
$2.39
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.35
$1.21
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.1
$2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.22
$12.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.86
$2.67
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.89
$8.55
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.1
$8.35
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.79
$5.08
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.61
$3.61
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$1.88
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$36.2
$41.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.4
$12
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$66.6
$111
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.1
$16.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$87.5
$45.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$94.6
$79.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$361
$1012
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13994
$14850

Cities Comparison in Germany vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

CityCost of livingPopulation
Berlin
$1772
3.64M
Hamburg City
$1824
1.84M
Munich
$2050
1.47M
Cologne
$1700
1.09M
Frankfurt
$1857
753K
Stuttgart
$1708
635K
Dusseldorf
$1593
646K
Dortmund
$1309
587K
Nuremberg
$1503
518K
Dresden
$1344
555K
Hanover
$1397
543K
Bremen City
$1478
569K
Essen
$1331
583K
Leipzig
$1250
597K
Duisburg
$1204
499K
Bochum
$1288
365K
Munster
$1445
314K
Bonn
$1666
327K
Mannheim
$1300
309K
Karlsruhe
$1427
313K
Wuppertal
$1316
354K
Kiel
$1236
247K
Bielefeld
$1495
334K
Braunschweig
$1341
248K
Mainz
$1391
217K
Monchengladbach
$1336
261K
Aachen
$1291
249K
Augsburg
$1579
295K
Wiesbaden
$1585
278K
Gelsenkirchen
$1143
261K

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