Cost of living 2019 in the USA

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, 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 about buying 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 or health 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

The cost of living varies greatly depending on where you live. You pay a lot more in States like NY or CA vs. NE for example. The answers below are from my experience as a Realtor in Metro Atlanta, GA:

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in the USA? How about buying an apartment or a house in the USA?
As stated above, that varies GREATLY! Georgia, for example, is still rated very high on the Affordability Index. Depending on the part of the City you live in, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3000 for an apartment or house (also depends on school district). In some areas you can purchase a house for $200,000, in others the MINIMUM may be as high as $400,000 (depending greatly on school district). Upwards there is no limit.

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)? There really isn't any notable public transportation system, as used to in Germany.

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta? Bread $2.50 and up, Pasta $1.00 - $1.50

What is your monthly budget for groceries? We buy a lot of organic food and spend around $300/mo

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in the USA? That's a tough one. Depends what health insurance plan you have. Can't answer, as I am self-pay (not insured)

How much do you pay for health insurance per month? Depends on whether or not you have a good plan through your employer and how many family members you have. The last time we had insurance we paid $1000/mo for a family of 3.

How much does childcare cost on average per month? $1,000 plus/minus

What is your child's schooling budget per month? 0

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank? $30

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month? $150 electricity/ $40 gas/ $30 water. Again, this varies by size of house, location, etc etc

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription? Internet $60/mo, cell phone $250 for family of 3.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays? We pack a sandwich or salad from home, so about $3

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee? $$$ at Starbucks  - IF You go there

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket? $12

How much does a gym membership cost in the USA? $20- $40

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