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Cost of living 2018 in the USA

Hello everyone,

As per our annual tradition, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in the USA.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in the USA will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in the USA?

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in the USA?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor/dentist/physician/specialist in the USA?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in the USA?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

All of this is location and need want based. Apples and oranges. You cannot use numbers for small town Idaho for NYC.

Yes, there's just too many variables across the country to outline them here.  Numbeo.com's cost of living data is better resource to use to get an idea, even then, it can be misleading.

Romaniac
Expat.com Experts Team

Just figure it will more expensive than you thought. :)

Bob K

Bob K :

Just figure it will more expensive than you thought. :)

Bob K

You have a point here. Especially for those coming from LCO countries it can be sticker shock.

This is for Jacksonville, FL

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in the USA?
The average is around $1000 in decent neighborhoods but can climb in pricier neighborhoods.

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in the USA?
You can still find a 3-2 home in good neighborhoods for under $200K but location....

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
Jacksonville is physically huge so you need wheels. The downtown overhead train is free but doesn't go too many places, buses are $1.50 (seniors free with card), taxis expensive, Uber/Lyft readily available.

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
Gas below the national average.

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
Typical is $150-200

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
Typical is $4-5

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
Around $8 (more for 3D), seniors about $6. Tinseltown has $5 special every Tuesday for all shows/hours.

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