Italy vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Italy United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1221
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3026
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$597
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$1059
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$405
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$87.2
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1475
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$31770
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
8.49
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
82.3
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
56
67
🌐 English speaking %
28.5%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
92
100
😀 Quality of life
73
75
🏙️ Population
60.3M
331M

The average cost of living in Italy ($1221) is 42% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). Italy ranked 38th 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 1.2 months in Italy compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 28th and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Italy vs the United States

We calculate prices for Italy and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 148 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.

Italy United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.4
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.4
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.2
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.62
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$1.53
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.12
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$599
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$433
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1168
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$799
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$102
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$158
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$27.7
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.75%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3920
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2278
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.5
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$36.5
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.3
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.06
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.21
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.52
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.12
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.99
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.95
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.3
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.96
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.92
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.39
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.79
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.1
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.98
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.13
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.98
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.8
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.72
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$85.7
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$14.4
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$74.6
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.9
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$456
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9600
$14606

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Cities Comparison in Italy vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Italy

City Cost of living Population
Rome
$1546
2.87M
Milan
$1657
1.37M
Turin
$1134
871K
Naples
$1085
966K
Palermo
$984
668K
Genoa
$1235
580K
Bologna
$1281
393K
Florence
$1317
381K
Bari
$1215
323K
Venice
$1357
261K
Verona
$1237
257K
Catania
$1055
312K
Trieste
$1300
204K
Parma
$1282
196K
Padua
$1170
210K
Brescia
$1200
197K
Modena
$1285
185K
Reggio Emilia
$1103
172K
Messina
$822
234K
Syracuse
$908
121K
Prato
$1295
193K
Monza
$1290
124K
Reggio Calabria
$848
181K
Perugia
$998
166K
Taranto
$937
198K
Ferrara
$1072
132K
Rimini
$1207
149K
Ravenna
$1183
159K
Trento
$1218
118K
Cagliari
$1206
154K

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