Germany vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Germany United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1346
$2061
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3289
$4695
🏠 One person rent
$728
$1296
🏘️ Family rent
$1365
$2183
🍽️ Food expenses
$375
$525
🚐 Transport expenses
$118
$96.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2700
$4106
💸 GDP per capita
$46253
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
8.62
8.87
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
80
67
🌐 English speaking %
56.3%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
94
100
😀 Quality of life
79
75
🏙️ Population
83.1M
331M

The average cost of living in Germany ($1346) is 35% less expensive than in the United States ($2061). Germany ranked 31st vs 8th 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 16th and 22nd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs the United States

Germany United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$11
$14.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$48.4
$58.7
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.53
$8.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.79
$5.24
 Cappuccino
$3.04
$4.48
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.46
$2.04
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$692
$1355
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$521
$1065
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1396
$2442
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1047
$1831
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$107
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$215
$165
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$33.4
$65.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.83%
3.39%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5903
$5548
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4304
$2683
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.94
$2.21
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$72.6
$64.3
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.9
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.18
$0.97
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.95
$0.93
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.71
$2.73
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$3.81
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.61
$2.56
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.9
$11.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$9.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.4
$13.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.46
$4.46
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.69
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.2
$3.97
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$4.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.53
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.96
$2.43
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.36
$1.24
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.87
$2.08
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.56
$12.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.69
$2.95
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.17
$8.8
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.3
$8.36
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.51
$5.16
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.46
$3.68
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.59
$1.87
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$32.2
$42.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.5
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$60.5
$111
💇 Haircut, simple
$15.5
$17.5
👖 Brand Jeans
$77.6
$45.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$85.5
$80.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$327
$1057
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11895
$15080

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Cities Comparison in Germany vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$1704
3.66M
Hamburg City
$1832
1.85M
Munich
$1979
1.49M
Frankfurt
$1724
764K
Cologne
$1539
1.08M
Dusseldorf
$1621
646K
Stuttgart
$1580
630K
Duisburg
$1040
496K
Nuremberg
$1276
516K
Dresden
$1157
555K
Hanover
$1272
543K
Essen
$1138
582K
Leipzig
$1126
597K
Dortmund
$1181
588K
Bremen City
$1287
567K
Karlsruhe
$1401
308K
Mannheim
$1306
310K
Wuppertal
$1208
355K
Gelsenkirchen
$1291
259K
Bielefeld
$1603
334K
Braunschweig
$1069
249K
Aachen
$1133
249K
Bonn
$1390
331K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1601
231K
Krefeld
$1242
227K
Monchengladbach
$1278
260K
Halle
$983
238K
Augsburg
$1443
296K
Bochum
$1214
364K
Magdeburg
$1078
236K

In the United States

City Cost of living Population
New York City
$3531
8.4M
Los Angeles
$2789
3.98M
Chicago
$2386
2.75M
Houston
$1935
2.2M
San Diego
$2743
1.39M
Dallas
$2196
1.3M
San Jose
$2696
1.03M
Phoenix
$2171
1.61M
Philadelphia
$2330
1.58M
San Antonio
$1721
1.44M
Austin
$2189
913K
Seattle
$2587
745K
Charlotte
$1968
875K
Washington
$2601
690K
Boston
$2845
693K
Jacksonville
$1938
881K
Columbus
$1822
914K
Denver
$2324
683K
Indianapolis
$1906
863K
Hempstead
$2350
793K
Fort Worth
$1687
812K
San Francisco
$3358
882K
Nashville
$2328
668K
Baltimore
$1919
622K
Memphis
$1624
633K
Portland
$2262
653K
Louisville
$1642
760K
Oakland
$3343
391K
Albuquerque
$1598
565K
Las Vegas
$1887
648K