Netherlands vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

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Netherlands United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1920
$2441
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4419
$5701
🏠 One person rent
$1157
$1558
🏘️ Family rent
$1862
$2723
🍽️ Food expenses
$512
$619
🚐 Transport expenses
$117
$105
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3373
$4820
💸 GDP per capita
$57025
$76330
😃 Human freedom index
8.57
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
81.5
76.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
79
69
🌐 English speaking %
90.9%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
96
100
😀 Quality of life
93
87
🏙️ Population
17.6M
331M

The average cost of living in the Netherlands ($1920) is 21% less expensive than in the United States ($2441). the Netherlands ranked 16th 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 6th and 21st 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
$16.3
$18.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$70.7
$73.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$11.1
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.29
$6.06
 Cappuccino
$3.48
$5.09
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.79
$2.5
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1131
$1616
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$928
$1304
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1826
$2877
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1526
$2357
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$146
$124
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$224
$191
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$43.8
$67.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.09%
6.44%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5287
$6383
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4049
$4668
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.58
$2.38
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$82.8
$72.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23.5
$18.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.12
$0.99
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.21
$1.09
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.81
$3.43
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.82
$4.33
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.31
$3.9
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.4
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.4
$11.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.5
$16.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.91
$4.99
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.77
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$4.42
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.06
$4.64
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$2.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.69
$2.87
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.51
$1.42
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$3.1
$2.51
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.64
$14.4
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.37
$2.11
🚬 Cigarette pack
$9.1
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.9
$9.21
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.31
$5.73
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.89
$4.27
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.44
$2.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.3
$50.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.3
$14
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$54.7
$116
💇 Haircut, simple
$20.9
$20.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$80.2
$53.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.6
$89.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1621
$1471
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$8046
$20082

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Cities Comparison in the Netherlands vs the United States

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In the Netherlands

City Cost of living Population
Amsterdam
$2457
921K
Rotterdam
$2029
592K
The Hague
$1865
548K
Utrecht
$2028
359K
Eindhoven
$1964
236K
Breda
$1811
183K
Tilburg
$1839
222K
Almere
$1616
215K
Groningen
$1818
203K
Arnhem
$1624
164K
Nijmegen
$1753
177K
Haarlem
$2241
163K
Enschede
$1630
160K
's-Hertogenbosch
$1842
144K
Leiden
$2177
124K
Maastricht
$1868
120K
Venlo
$1689
102K
Zwolle
$1710
130K
Apeldoorn
$1941
139K
Emmen
$1713
107K
Hilversum
$1863
91.2K
Purmerend
$1995
81.5K
Delft
$1795
104K
Veenendaal
$1811
66.9K
Zutphen
$1908
47.4K
Heerlen
$1381
86.9K
Roosendaal
$1814
77K
Leeuwarden
$1599
92.1K
Deventer
$1882
101K
Roermond
$1436
57.3K

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