Cost of Living in the United States

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Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$2441
$5701
🛋️ Without rent
$883
$2977
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1558
$2723
🍽️ Food
$619
$1611
🚐 Transport
$105
$278
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4820
💸 GDP per capita
$76330
😃 Human freedom index
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
76.3
🌐 English speaking %
95.5%
🏙️ Population
331M

The cost of living in the United States is $2441, which is 2.34 times more expensive than the world average. The United States ranked 6th out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 21st best country to live in.

The average salary after taxes in the United States is $4820, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2 months.

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

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Cost of living

Cities by population

States ranked from the most expensive to the cheapest ones

Rank State Cost of living
1 New York State
$3275
2 District of Columbia
$3103
3 California
$2922
4 Hawaii
$2778
5 Massachusetts
$2726
6 Washington
$2611
7 New Jersey
$2577
8 Guam
$2553
9 Florida
$2515
10 New Hampshire
$2512
11 Colorado
$2462
12 US Virgin Islands
$2450
13 Nevada
$2428
14 Oregon State
$2419
15 Connecticut
$2400
16 Vermont
$2362
17 Virginia
$2348
18 Alaska
$2330
19 Maryland
$2324
20 Arizona
$2319
21 Illinois
$2313
22 North Carolina
$2286
23 Pennsylvania
$2249
24 Minnesota
$2236
25 Maine
$2222
26 Georgia
$2221
27 South Carolina
$2151
28 Idaho
$2139
29 Rhode Island
$2132
30 Texas State
$2125
31 Tennessee
$2112
32 Delaware
$2105
33 New Mexico
$2105
34 Nebraska
$2095
35 South Dakota
$2027
36 Utah
$1996
37 Wisconsin
$1996
38 Missouri
$1975
39 Kansas State
$1949
40 Montana
$1944
41 Indiana
$1931
42 Arkansas
$1913
43 Louisiana
$1912
44 Michigan
$1909
45 Mississippi
$1895
46 Ohio
$1870
47 Kentucky
$1851
48 Oklahoma State
$1843
49 Wyoming
$1770
50 Alabama
$1759
51 North Dakota
$1759
52 Iowa State
$1636
53 West Virginia
$1578
54 Puerto Rico
$1514
55 Northern Mariana Islands
$1452

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