Cost of Living in Washington, DC

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$2601
$6164
🛋️ Without rent
$927
$3177
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1674
$2987
🍽️ Food
$605
$1568
🚐 Transport
$159
$410
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$6243
😀 Quality of life
94
🏙️ Population
690K

The average cost of living in Washington is $2601, which is in the top 1% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 95th out of 9294 in our global list, 80th out of 2202 in the United States, and 1st out of 2 in District of Columbia.

The median after-tax salary is $6243, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2.4 months. Ranked 22nd (TOP 0.2%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 3rd best city to live in the United States, and 1st most liveable city in District of Columbia. With an estimated population of 690K, Washington is the 22nd largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport 5 km Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
😷 Air quality Moderate 12.2 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 36 University of Maryland - College Park
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Prices in Washington

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$14.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$67.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.52
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.94
 Cappuccino
$5.17
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.63
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1762
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1442
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2956
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2712
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$106
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$164
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$61.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.49%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$13127
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3635
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$104
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$18.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.97
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.99
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.83
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.25
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.5
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.33
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.91
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.23
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.38
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.64
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.37
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.07
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.64
🚬 Cigarette pack
$10
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.35
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.35
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.84
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.47
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$79
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.8
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$108
💇 Haircut, simple
$23.3
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2165
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14542

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