Switzerland vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Switzerland United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2507
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$6465
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$1351
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$2468
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$806
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$127
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$6135
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$87100
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
9.11
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
83.1
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
84
67
🌐 English speaking %
61.3%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
98
100
😀 Quality of life
85
75
🏙️ Population
8.47M
331M

The average cost of living in Switzerland ($2507) is 19% more expensive than in the United States ($2112). Switzerland ranked 3rd 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 2.4 months in Switzerland compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 3rd and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Switzerland vs the United States

We calculate prices for Switzerland and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 50 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.

Switzerland United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$22.8
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$103
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$15.4
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.69
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$4.95
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$4.22
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1419
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1103
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2700
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2091
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$129
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$199
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$55.7
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.47%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$12711
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8175
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.87
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$85.4
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$39.7
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.95
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.69
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$3.04
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$6.49
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$21.7
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$25
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$43.7
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.91
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.24
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.58
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.46
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.75
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.76
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.23
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.99
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$16.7
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.17
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.75
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.65
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$81.3
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$19.7
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$127
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$34.6
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$108
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$122
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2247
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$24364
$14606

Cities Comparison in Switzerland vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Switzerland

City Cost of living Population
Zurich
$2888
434K
Geneva
$2895
202K
Basel
$2456
178K
Lausanne
$2495
139K
Bern
$2267
134K
Winterthur
$2492
110K
Lucerne
$2419
81.7K
St. Gallen
$1937
75.8K
Lugano
$2470
63.2K
Biel/Bienne
$2118
54.5K
Vernier
$2377
35.1K
Schaffhausen
$2320
36.6K
Koniz
$2419
41.5K
Thun
$2466
43.7K
La Chaux-de-Fonds
$2334
39K
Fribourg
$1917
38.4K
Bellinzona
$2388
43.2K
Uster
$2417
34.4K
Neuchatel
$2053
33.5K
Sion
$2400
34.7K
Dubendorf
$2465
28K
Yverdon-les-Bains
$2037
30.2K
Altstetten
$2409
32.6K
Lancy
$2348
31.9K
Chur
$2233
35K
Zug
$2864
30.5K
Emmen
$2413
29.3K
Kriens
$2478
27K
Rapperswil-Jona
$2407
27K
Montreux
$2644
26K

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