Russia vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Russia United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$868
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2161
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$416
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$754
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$299
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$60.2
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$805
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$10127
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
6.23
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
71.3
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
29
67
🌐 English speaking %
11.8%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
85
100
😀 Quality of life
52
75
🏙️ Population
147M
331M

The average cost of living in Russia ($868) is 59% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). Russia ranked 85th 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 81st and 23rd 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
$8.31
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$36.1
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.62
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.51
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$2.54
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.1
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$458
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$306
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$894
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$572
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$71.3
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$109
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$8.43
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
10.66%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3247
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2070
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.59
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$26.7
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.54
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.8
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.17
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.68
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.67
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.4
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.21
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.72
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.81
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.63
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.92
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.92
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.8
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.5
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.87
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$9.02
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.1
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.78
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.96
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.64
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.36
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.71
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$38.8
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.33
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$23.3
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.06
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$84.9
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$100
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$367
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$6764
$14606

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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
$1337
12.7M
Saint Petersburg
$1164
5.38M
Yekaterinburg
$797
1.47M
Novosibirsk
$883
1.6M
Krasnoyarsk
$775
1.08M
Nizhny Novgorod
$864
1.26M
Kazan
$853
1.24M
Samara
$747
1.17M
Perm
$699
1.05M
Ufa
$709
1.12M
Voronezh
$667
1.05M
Rostov-on-Don
$806
1.13M
Tomsk
$583
573K
Chelyabinsk
$564
1.2M
Omsk
$621
1.18M
Tyumen
$779
745K
Krasnodar
$723
881K
Volgograd
$676
1.02M
Vladivostok
$998
607K
Saratov
$686
845K
Surgut
$849
361K
Khabarovsk
$929
616K
Balashikha
$807
451K
Sterlitamak
$852
280K
Tolyatti
$677
686K
Irkutsk
$719
624K
Sochi
$959
412K
Yaroslavl
$573
608K
Izhevsk
$595
646K
Yakutsk
$944
312K

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