Russia vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

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Russia United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$664
$2441
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1699
$5701
🏠 One person rent
$316
$1558
🏘️ Family rent
$604
$2723
🍽️ Food expenses
$222
$619
🚐 Transport expenses
$53.1
$105
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$623
$4820
💸 GDP per capita
$15271
$76330
😃 Human freedom index
5.81
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
69.4
76.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
26
69
🌐 English speaking %
3.5%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
85
100
😀 Quality of life
44
87
🏙️ Population
147M
331M

The average cost of living in Russia ($664) is 73% less expensive than in the United States ($2441). Russia ranked 140th 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 0.9 months in Russia compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 107th and 21st best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Russia vs the United States

We calculate prices for Russia and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 122 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.

Russia United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.23
$18.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27.4
$73.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.28
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.02
$6.06
 Cappuccino
$1.93
$5.09
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.85
$2.5
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$365
$1616
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$231
$1304
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$752
$2877
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$457
$2357
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$53.6
$124
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$82.2
$191
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$6.04
$67.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.45%
6.44%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2354
$6383
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1508
$4668
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.44
$2.38
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$20.8
$72.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.9
$18.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.58
$0.99
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.85
$1.09
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.49
$3.43
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.96
$4.33
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.23
$3.9
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.35
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.82
$11.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.13
$16.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.2
$4.99
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
$1.77
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$4.42
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.99
$4.64
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.49
$2.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.47
$2.87
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.35
$1.42
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.44
$2.51
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.15
$14.4
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.79
$2.11
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.19
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.6
$9.21
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.8
$5.73
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.23
$4.27
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.39
$2.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$30.2
$50.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.14
$14
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$19
$116
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.92
$20.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$63.6
$53.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.4
$89.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$265
$1471
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$6204
$20082

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Cities Comparison in Russia vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Russia

City Cost of living Population
Moscow
$1036
12.5M
Saint Petersburg
$836
5.38M
Yekaterinburg
$678
1.47M
Novosibirsk
$669
1.63M
Nizhny Novgorod
$619
1.25M
Kazan
$630
1.24M
Rostov-on-Don
$613
1.14M
Ufa
$553
1.12M
Chelyabinsk
$488
1.2M
Samara
$635
1.17M
Voronezh
$448
1.05M
Krasnoyarsk
$640
1.08M
Omsk
$422
1.17M
Perm
$534
1.05M
Krasnodar
$558
949K
Tyumen
$627
745K
Saratov
$530
845K
Sevastopol
$632
522K
Volgograd
$519
1M
Surgut
$625
396K
Vladivostok
$764
597K
Kemerovo
$495
559K
Khabarovsk
$637
616K
Balashikha
$654
468K
Irkutsk
$622
624K
Izhevsk
$572
646K
Naberezhnye Chelny
$509
534K
Yaroslavl
$507
601K
Yakutsk
$819
312K
Orenburg
$507
565K

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