India vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

India United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$416
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1027
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$165
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$317
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$164
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$45.3
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$620
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$1928
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
6.39
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
69.9
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
40
67
🌐 English speaking %
10.6%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
73
100
😀 Quality of life
51
75
🏙️ Population
1.33B
331M

The average cost of living in India ($416) is 80% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). India ranked 190th 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 1.5 months in India compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 85th and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in India vs the United States

We calculate prices for India and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 220 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.

India United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.93
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$14.3
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.88
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.21
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$1.84
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.44
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$181
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$116
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$400
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$234
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$26.3
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$40.2
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$9.72
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.33%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1696
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$822
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.36
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$10.7
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.63
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.67
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.46
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.62
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$0.96
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.41
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.52
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.82
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.98
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.65
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.53
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.36
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.42
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.24
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.05
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.76
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.76
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.62
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.91
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.81
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.66
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.85
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$18.9
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.31
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$11.6
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.7
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$29.4
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$45.9
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$64.1
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1660
$14606

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Cities Comparison in India vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In India

City Cost of living Population
Bangalore
$480
11.3M
Delhi
$486
26.5M
Mumbai
$632
15.4M
Pune
$446
5.95M
Chennai
$425
10.3M
Hyderabad
$477
9.31M
Ahmedabad
$468
7.65M
Jaipur
$359
3.07M
Kolkata
$370
4.5M
Nagpur
$408
2.41M
Surat
$426
5.94M
Visakhapatnam
$492
2.04M
Bhagalpur
$284
3.04M
Mysore
$345
3M
Lucknow
$361
3.38M
Kanpur
$441
2.77M
Mirzapur
$381
2.5M
Kalyan
$353
1.25M
Gurgaon
$493
877K
Madurai
$361
1.56M
Navi Mumbai
$466
1.12M
Ghaziabad
$402
2.38M
Thane
$454
1.89M
Bhopal
$331
1.8M
Raipur
$351
1.01M
Ludhiana
$391
1.62M
Indore
$340
1.99M
Allahabad
$540
1.54M
Noida
$457
637K
Bilaspur
$301
1.63M

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