Spain vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Spain United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1141
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2609
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$613
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$972
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$329
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$88.7
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1701
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$27056
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
8.56
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
82.3
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
61
67
🌐 English speaking %
22%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
90
100
😀 Quality of life
73
75
🏙️ Population
46.7M
331M

The average cost of living in Spain ($1141) is 46% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). Spain ranked 46th 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 1.5 months in Spain compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 27th and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Spain vs the United States

We calculate prices for Spain and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 153 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.

Spain United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$11.3
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$40.1
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.85
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.03
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$2.08
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.85
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$620
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$470
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1021
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$767
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$77.5
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$119
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$35.5
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.28%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3348
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2169
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.57
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$39.5
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$14.5
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.66
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.84
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.99
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.17
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.1
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.56
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.8
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.82
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.48
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.79
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.44
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.73
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.76
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.93
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.16
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.31
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.81
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.5
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$38.2
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.07
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$59.9
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$12.8
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$74
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$72.9
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$370
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7276
$14606

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Cities Comparison in Spain vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Spain

City Cost of living Population
Madrid
$1445
3.31M
Barcelona
$1487
1.64M
Tenerife
$1133
905K
Zaragoza
$1018
675K
Valencia
$1197
790K
Seville
$996
684K
Malaga
$1115
577K
Palma de Mallorca
$1326
419K
Bilbao
$1338
346K
Murcia
$970
460K
Pamplona
$1207
203K
Gijon
$1150
269K
Alicante
$999
337K
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
$1170
265K
San Sebastian
$1379
188K
Valladolid
$1024
298K
Las Palmas
$1086
379K
Terrassa
$1153
223K
Vigo
$991
294K
Vitoria-Gasteiz
$1278
253K
Granada
$951
232K
Sabadell
$1269
216K
Cordoba
$885
322K
Cartagena
$852
216K
Almeria
$941
201K
Jerez de la Frontera
$848
213K
Badalona
$1399
223K
Oviedo
$978
186K
A Coruna
$1100
245K
Elche
$886
234K

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