Netherlands vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Netherlands United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1680
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4007
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$1007
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$1696
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$428
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$118
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3060
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$52396
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
8.78
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
81.4
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
82
67
🌐 English speaking %
90.9%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
97
100
😀 Quality of life
82
75
🏙️ Population
17.3M
331M

The average cost of living in the Netherlands ($1680) is 20% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). the Netherlands ranked 18th 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 1.8 months in the Netherlands compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 8th and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in the Netherlands vs the United States

We calculate prices for the Netherlands and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 70 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.

Netherlands United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$15.1
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$62.1
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.97
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.92
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$3.06
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.61
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$998
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$802
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1737
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1397
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$123
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$190
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$42.2
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.21%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5129
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3708
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.42
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$85.2
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23.6
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.11
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.72
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.32
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.23
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$24.9
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.63
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.48
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.55
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.2
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.49
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.61
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.25
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.24
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.03
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.48
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.67
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.68
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.15
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.2
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$51.4
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.8
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$93
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1591
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7919
$14606

Cities Comparison in the Netherlands vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In the Netherlands

City Cost of living Population
Amsterdam
$2160
860K
Rotterdam
$1660
631K
The Hague
$1642
548K
Utrecht
$1723
359K
Breda
$1673
183K
Eindhoven
$1658
236K
Almere
$1663
215K
Haarlem
$2033
163K
Enschede
$1562
160K
Tilburg
$1554
222K
Apeldoorn
$2024
161K
Arnhem
$1539
162K
's-Hertogenbosch
$1592
144K
Groningen
$1538
201K
Nijmegen
$1586
177K
Leiden
$1846
124K
Maastricht
$1654
120K
Delft
$1501
104K
Zwolle
$1427
130K
Venlo
$1522
102K
Hilversum
$1851
91.2K
Emmen
$1302
107K
Heerlen
$1393
86.9K
Deventer
$1225
101K
Purmerend
$1643
81.7K
Lelystad
$1704
79.8K
Roosendaal
$1583
77K
Leeuwarden
$1409
92.1K
Ede
$1602
72.5K
Roermond
$1496
57.3K

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