Nepal vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Nepal United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$385
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$970
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$129
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$236
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$174
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$38.1
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$202
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$1155
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
7.12
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
71.1
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
33
67
🌐 English speaking %
3%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
53
100
😀 Quality of life
36
75
🏙️ Population
30.3M
331M

The average cost of living in Nepal ($385) is 82% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). Nepal ranked 195th 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 0.5 months in Nepal compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 139th and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Nepal vs the United States

We calculate prices for Nepal and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 10 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.

Nepal United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.2
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$15.9
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.65
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.12
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$1.43
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.43
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$138
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$86.3
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$277
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$175
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$15.4
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$23.8
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$16.6
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.46%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1986
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1027
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.2
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$18
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.3
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.73
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.49
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.78
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.41
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.9
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.23
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.52
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.95
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.91
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.02
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.61
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.43
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.56
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.19
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.69
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.7
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.04
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.52
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$2.01
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.86
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.95
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.51
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$32.3
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$2.94
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$16.8
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$1.83
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$25.4
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$46.6
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$60.5
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$2979
$14606

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Cities Comparison in Nepal vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Nepal

City Cost of living Population
Kathmandu
$435
846K
Lalitpur
$445
513K
Pokhara
$350
518K
Biratnagar
$352
243K
Birgunj
$307
268K
Bheemdatta
$353
105K
Janakpur
$335
97.8K
Hetauda
$322
84.7K
Damak
$302
75.1K
Dhangadhi
$314
102K

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