India vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

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India United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$441
$2441
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1112
$5701
🏠 One person rent
$182
$1558
🏘️ Family rent
$377
$2723
🍽️ Food expenses
$169
$619
🚐 Transport expenses
$48.4
$105
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$656
$4820
💸 GDP per capita
$2411
$76330
😃 Human freedom index
6.29
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
67.2
76.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
39
69
🌐 English speaking %
10.6%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
74
100
😀 Quality of life
43
87
🏙️ Population
1.33B
331M

The average cost of living in India ($441) is 82% less expensive than in the United States ($2441). India ranked 192nd 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 109th and 21st 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
$3.1
$18.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$14
$73.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.21
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.23
$6.06
 Cappuccino
$1.93
$5.09
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.43
$2.5
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$203
$1616
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$133
$1304
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$505
$2877
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$288
$2357
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$28.9
$124
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$44.5
$191
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$8.56
$67.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.91%
6.44%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2125
$6383
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1094
$4668
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.43
$2.38
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$11.2
$72.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$3.19
$18.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.22
$0.99
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.7
$1.09
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.49
$3.43
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.66
$4.33
🥚 Eggs, x12
$0.96
$3.9
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.67
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.42
$11.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.84
$16.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2
$4.99
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$1.77
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.13
$4.42
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.56
$4.64
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.36
$2.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.4
$2.87
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.23
$1.42
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.03
$2.51
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.95
$14.4
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.92
$2.11
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.75
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.99
$9.21
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.99
$5.73
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.75
$4.27
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.94
$2.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$17.7
$50.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.67
$14
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$12.2
$116
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.02
$20.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$27.3
$53.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$46.6
$89.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$73
$1471
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1984
$20082

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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
Delhi
$480
26.5M
Bangalore
$604
12.3M
Mumbai
$682
15.4M
Hyderabad
$497
9.31M
Chennai
$434
10.3M
Pune
$502
5.95M
Ahmedabad
$501
7.65M
Surat
$809
5.94M
Kolkata
$396
4.5M
Kanpur
$297
3.81M
Lucknow
$371
3.38M
Jaipur
$391
3.07M
Visakhapatnam
$419
2.04M
Thane
$487
1.89M
Nagpur
$453
2.41M
Mirzapur
$363
2.5M
Ghaziabad
$412
2.38M
Kalyan
$391
1.25M
Vadodara
$399
2.07M
Gurgaon
$516
877K
Navi Mumbai
$451
1.12M
Indore
$402
1.99M
Mysore
$320
1.26M
Jamshedpur
$327
1.56M
Agra
$362
1.59M
Nashik
$378
1.49M
Madurai
$309
1.56M
Bhopal
$331
1.8M
Meerut
$378
1.31M
Bilaspur
$353
1.63M

In the United States

City Cost of living Population
New York City
$4036
8.8M
Los Angeles
$3252
3.9M
Chicago
$2634
2.75M
Houston
$2209
2.3M
Phoenix
$2388
1.61M
San Diego
$3469
1.39M
Philadelphia
$2436
1.6M
Dallas
$2490
1.3M
San Jose
$3633
1.01M
San Francisco
$3789
874K
San Antonio
$2212
1.43M
Seattle
$3008
737K
Austin
$2612
962K
Washington
$3112
690K
Charlotte
$2725
875K
Jacksonville
$2377
950K
Fort Worth
$2269
919K
Hempstead
$2621
793K
Boston
$3315
676K
Indianapolis
$2148
888K
Denver
$2769
716K
Columbus
$2188
906K
Nashville
$2651
689K
Louisville
$2018
633K
Atlanta
$2593
499K
Detroit
$1987
639K
Portland
$2596
653K
Baltimore
$2221
586K
Memphis
$1757
633K
El Paso
$1612
679K