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Cost of Living in the United States

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$1900
$4272
🛋️ Without rent
$729
$2398
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1171
$1874
🍽️ Food
$496
$1291
🚐 Transport
$93.3
$246
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3674
💸 GDP per capita
$62795
🏙️ Population
325M

The cost of living in the United States is $1900, which is 2.58 times more expensive than the world average. The United States ranked 10th out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 2nd best country to live in.

The average salary after taxes in the United States is $3674, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.9 months.

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To maintain the standard of living with a salary of $1000 in New York, you will need $822 a month in Los Angeles - the cost of living in New York is 1.22 times higher than in Los Angeles.

Prices in the United States

We calculate prices for the United States as a population-weighted mean of 2202 cities. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$53.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.75
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.86
☕ Cappuccino
$4.32
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.89

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.89
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.57
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.73
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.52
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.08
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.07
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.07
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.41
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.43
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.22
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.96
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.59
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.28
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.4
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.93
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.49
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.84

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.14
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$64
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.5
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.73

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1220
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$954
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1990
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1573
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$101
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$156
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$61.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.21%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4090
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2544

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$40
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$110
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$44.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$77.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$977
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$15123

Cities by population

States ranked from the most expensive to the cheapest ones

RankStateCost of living
1New York
$2660
2District of Columbia
$2563
3US Virgin Islands
$2519
4California
$2224
5Hawaii
$2138
6Massachusetts
$2064
7Maryland
$2011
8Washington
$1991
9Alaska
$1941
10Connecticut
$1918
11New Jersey
$1891
12Colorado
$1865
13Oregon
$1858
14Illinois
$1847
15Vermont
$1839
16Minnesota
$1815
17Guam
$1806
18New Hampshire
$1790
19Florida
$1786
20Virginia
$1786
21Pennsylvania
$1778
22Nevada
$1768
23Maine
$1766
24Rhode Island
$1760
25Delaware
$1708
26Utah
$1693
27South Carolina
$1665
28Texas
$1659
29Arizona
$1658
30Tennessee
$1652
31Georgia
$1645
32North Carolina
$1637
33Wisconsin
$1635
34Michigan
$1616
35Ohio
$1611
36Mississippi
$1603
37Louisiana
$1594
38Alabama
$1581
39Indiana
$1567
40Missouri
$1556
41Idaho
$1553
42Kansas
$1548
43Iowa
$1546
44Oklahoma
$1541
45Arkansas
$1539
46South Dakota
$1528
47Kentucky
$1525
48New Mexico
$1457
49North Dakota
$1444
50Montana
$1434
51Puerto Rico
$1431
52Nebraska
$1421
53West Virginia
$1368
54Wyoming
$1358
55Northern Mariana Islands
$1266