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Cost of Living in New York, NY, United States

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $
11.00
20.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 77.50 $
50.00
100.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.00 $
6.00
9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 $
4.60
6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.00 $
5.00
8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.95 $
3.00
5.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.85 $
1.50
2.48
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.65 $
1.00
2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.41 $
1.05
2.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.81 $
2.19
3.31
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.88 $
2.13
4.00
Eggs (12) 3.09 $
2.00
4.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 11.10 $
8.80
13.67
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 8.74 $
5.54
13.23
Apples (1kg) 4.23 $
3.00
6.61
Oranges (1kg) 4.13 $
2.20
6.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.43 $
2.68
6.59
Potato (1kg) 2.05 $
1.00
3.31
Lettuce (1 head) 2.30 $
1.59
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.91 $
1.50
2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $
12.00
20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.69 $
1.25
2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.45 $
2.00
3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 12.00 $
10.50
13.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $
2.50
2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 112.00 $
110.00
112.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $
2.50
3.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.26 $
1.24
1.55
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $
25.59
50.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.06 $
1.00
1.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 $
20,000.00
25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 151.92 $
98.08
200.14
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $
0.15
0.20
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 49.18 $
40.00
65.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 94.23 $
75.00
120.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 31.62 $
25.00
40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $
12.75
15.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 56.73 $
40.00
70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 51.47 $
40.00
75.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 87.90 $
70.00
120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 126.07 $
100.00
200.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,838.13 $
2,200.00
3,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,711.29 $
1,200.00
2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,948.04 $
3,700.00
6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,285.00 $
2,500.00
4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,791.68 $
8,611.13
10,763.91
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,848.34 $
3,229.17
6,458.35
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,418.77 $
3,040.00
6,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.92
3.50
4.00

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Last update: July, 2014

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60 Comments so far

#Jonnie on Jul 29, 2014 :
OMG! it sounds really bad, i come from Kampala, Uganda and i have always dreamed of staying in NYC, but with what i have read about NYC so far, am fuckin freaked.....
#radu on Jul 15, 2014 :
most police detectives are taking some money under the table, therefore they can afford to live in nyc
#anon on Jul 11, 2014 :
do police detectives had enough salary to pay the cost of living in nyc?
#Meagan on Jul 03, 2014 :
I was thinking about moving to a town in New York like Sleepy Hollow or Tarrytown and I was wondering how much rent and or a house would be to buy. I was also wondering how much minimum wage is up there. I love the huge history in those places and I would love to live in a place with a huge legend like that.
#radu sadeanu on Jun 29, 2014 :
nyc. where every other person is a criminal. yes, there are apartments for 700-800. they are usually in basements of residential houses. the only thing that is really expensive in ny is the rent. a 99cent store is a 99 cent store, no matter in ny, or alabama. but ny's quality of living is lower. no gardens, flowers, trees, scenary,or any of that. however, you will be likely to get beat up for no reason.
#bobson on Feb 05, 2014 :
i was thinking about moving to newyork but it seems to ghetto i wanna go to a place were there is no ho's and slutts and bitches
#Akie on Jan 22, 2014 :
one word, two syllables.. CRAIGSLIST!
i stayed in manhattan for 2 years in university housing ($1000 monthly rent), but used craigslist to find an apt for my last summer ($550 monthly rent) in grandconcourse, bronx. 45 minute ride to my internship near penn station. for people who can live wit at least 1 roommate, and know how to save money on everything (groceries, clothes, clubs, dining, summer concerts) NY is quite livable! i'd love to return to NYC for holidays, think i caught de bug :)
#Anonymous on Dec 30, 2013 :
umm i was born in nyc my parents made the choice to move to westchester and drive into the city every day for work and i miss the city i'm going to living in the city when I'm older.
#kylah on Dec 19, 2013 :
This probably sounds really unrealistic but i want to move to NYC to go on Broadway I love theatre and I take ballet I've always wanted to live in NYC but I know it's super expensive living though so I'm worried
#Jarrod Dolan on Dec 04, 2013 :
iam moving into the city with my future wife sometime next year
#Jarrod Dolan on Dec 04, 2013 :
Iam Brendens friend, and he only likes chevys and i wrote that for him
#vaibhav on Dec 04, 2013 :
M recently studying in india nd want to come in NY hunting for a job in investment banking..
So please suggest me about NYC lifestyle and cost of living.
They are offering 70000$ a year
Plz help me
#anon on Dec 03, 2013 :
I'm 18, I graduate in 2014 of high school. I plan to move to NY right after graduation with my best friend. What do you think is the cost for a apartment in Queens or Brooklyn for just a studio or one bedroom. Does this sound realistic, me moving from LA to Ny at 18? or should I wait? I'm not all the way financially stable but, I can manage. need advice pls thnx x
#rainslvr on Nov 26, 2013 :
Guys..really great to read the comments abt living in NYC, after checking these all comments, the dream that I was holding for many years, awake and no more desire to come and live. I am very greatful to God and I am o.k where I am today. :).
#Monique on Nov 19, 2013 :
I haven't been on here in awhile so sorry for my ridiculously late response towards the people asking for my help.

Neighborhoods like Kew Gardens in Queens (which is nice, safe and very quiet so there's a large flight attendant population due to the proximity of the airport) have studios from $750 on up (think the average price is closer to $900). Kew Gardens is NOT close to Manhattan - it takes 30-45 minutes by train (30 if you've been blessed with a speedy train conductor with ZERO delays). My old roommates found their $600 A MONTH studio in Fresh Meadows, in a private home. Fresh Meadows (nice quiet neighborhood) is neither close to Manhattan (in Queens) nor is it train accessible - no train stop just buses (or a car if you drive).

To live close to Manhattan is to pay more unless you luck out and normally the luck is finding an apartment in a private home or someone who owns a small building and normally you find these on Craigslist (you seriously have to check this everyday at least twice a day and KNOW HOW TO SPOT FAKE/SCAM ROOMS AND APARTMENTS). where my old roommates found their $600 studio. Also busy areas in neighborhoods have fliers up with rooms/apartments for rent so that is helpful too. Another option is living in NJ. My boyfriend and I went to Mitsuwa last night (Japanese mall in Edgewater, NJ) and saw fliers for apartments from $1000 (1 bdrm) to $1700 (2 bdrm) in Ft. Lee. And the 2 bdrm was real nice with parking included (I think all the listings had parking included). My boyfriend's apt (which I pretty much live there now haha) is $1300 a month and it's a nice apartment, spacious with an intercom system (useful for keeping out Jehovah Witnesses because they will buzz every apartment several times and wait for 10 minutes before taking a hint) and street parking (he owns a car so street parking is FREE, just a little harder to find spots sometimes). Again, this is Queens (which is more family oriented) so the same apt in Manhattan (I don't know why everyone insists on being in Manhattan but oh well haha) is probably AT LEAST $2500, easily $3,000. The only people I know that have apartments in Manhattan are there because their company pays their rent (2 friends from Japan live in Midtown where apts are at least $2500). Everyone else who wants to be close to the city without paying the high rent and pay less in sales taxes (checked our receipts from Jeresy, 7% - NY? 8.875%. Gas is cheaper too in Jersey)? Jersey!! Or you can try your hand at the Bronx which is cheap but not the greatest (some parts are nice) nor safest.
The complaints about having to pay for parking, rude people everywhere, over crowded that's MANHATTAN! Yes, there are parts in Queens that will drive you crazy too (aha Main St Flushing anyone?? Queens China/Koreatown where traffic is horrible, sidewalks are extremely congested near the train station and people *groups* will cross the street on green, not caring about street lights). But people are nicer and the neighborhoods are quieter with FAR LESS RATS and it's cheaper overall (from apartments to grocery shopping - Gristedes in Upper East was charging $6.69 for an item I can get at Target in Flushing for $4.50). There are cheaper alternatives IN the city like Jack's 99 cent store and discount clothing stores like Century 21. Even places like Old Navy have discounts on TOP of sale items. Hell you can buy lunch in Manhattan for less than 3 bucks - the experience known as the dollar pizza - 2 slices of cheese with a canned drink (like Sprite) $2.75...it's just not healthy haha. But beware - these places are crowded. For healthier options that cost a bit more, but still affordable and in the city? Trader Joe's (crowded too but not so bad in the morning or an hour before they close).

Also to the guy who claims if you drink don't move to NYC??? Hahaha wow..how about this, if you constantly drink in Manhattan, or want to do all your nightlife experiences consider going BROKE sooner than you expect unless you know the really affordable spots to go to, but even still NYC has way more to offer than just bars and if you don't find anything else to do other than getting drunk at a bar I feel bad for ya...I really do. And this is coming from someone who doesn't drink. Some people may not know this but NYC has free events that take place every weekend (sometimes weekdays too) throughout ALL the boroughs (not JUST Manhattan). Events like art shows, concerts, festivals, comedy shows and more.

Oh also to those looking at Brooklyn - downtown Brooklyn is pretty much similar to Manhattan as far as rent goes, especially in Williamsburg.

As far as utilities go, depends on how much you use of course. But $300 dollars for electricity? I guess if you had the a/c or heat going everyday for hours...sheesh. I would invest in a good fan in the summer as well as good insulation for different seasons, and use a space heater (when needed since these can increase your bill too - we have 2, one in the living room and 1 in the bedroom, on top of using an electric blanket so it's not bad) during the winter. And if you have a tablet/computer I would ditch the cable and get Netflix for $7 a month if you can (I'm sure you've been told that before haha).
#Nix on Nov 08, 2013 :
I'm so glad I've found this page. I am from upstate NY and moved to NYC in 2008. When I first got here I had a roommate and our rent was dirt cheap....BUT NOW it's a pure nightmare. NYC is FILLED with slum-lords who
do not want to be bothered with anything at all. To live in someone's BASEMENT starts at 1000 a month ((and that's just in brooklyn)). It's too expensive to start a family here , not to mention there is no space for a family! I currently make less than half the salary you all above were mentioning so imagine what it's like for me. I make about 48,000yr and in NYC that's a joke. I might as well be flipping burgers (no offense to those who are).
#Simon on Nov 02, 2013 :
If you don't drink don't bother coming to New York. It's all about the nightlife (eating out, but mostly DRINKING). People here work their ass off, and after DRINKING is basically the only option. There are at least 5 bars per city block, some neighborhoods it's just one bar after another. There is no social life outside of those establishments. It's pretty impossible to make friends in the city except with your compatriots who are as lonely as you are. Come here and you will be a bar expert, to find one for yourself on your budget. Just don't walk in and order a drink, you might be unpleasantly surprised with 15 bucks per drink.
Don't even think of getting a nice apartment for under $2500. And another nightmare is getting approved for one even if you do have the money. I could write a short novel full of horrors, but you can just do a search on the web on this subject. There are some companies that will be a guarantors for a foreigner, but they will charge you a month fee, plus another month for a broker, plus 2 month security and you already have a price tag of 10k minimum to get an apartment
#Anonymous on Oct 30, 2013 :
i'm planning to go to NY to work with my wife and 5 year old kid.

How much do I negotiate for as salary to earn my living, afford his education and also at least save 2k USD/month

currently am being offered 100k
#Gabriel on Oct 18, 2013 :
Andy is there another opening making 125K?! I can't even imagine making half of that even though I am a fully capable young guy just eager at the opportunity to live in the city of my dreams and reunite from my childhood where we had to leave but now I have the choice to move back If work is available.(run on sentance I know) Anyone know of any possible leads please don't hesitate to email me at gmeisme@gmail.com
##simplyt on Oct 18, 2013 :
omg you guys. NYC sounds WAAAY cheap. I live in Sydney (which ranks as more expensive than New York).
I earn pittance for salary.
Rent (1br) minimum $1800
Groeries $60-70 with bare basics
Eating out - never do it, for a decent restaurant around $40-50pp minimum
Public transport - $3.60 one way ticket
$44 week pass
Movie tickets: $20pp

Consider yourself VERY lucky to live in place where even if the rent is expensive, cost of living is considerable cheaper!
#Dave on Oct 04, 2013 :
I moved to NYC 2 years ago and am loving it. It is ridiculously expensive though. The trick to making it here is only renting what you can afford.

There is a rule they use here in the city: your annual salary must be greater than 40x your monthly rent. That means if you want to live in an apartment that costs $2000/mo, you must make $80,000 a year. *No exceptions.* Everyone who moves here that thinks they can be creative with their budget and scrape by with less, within a year, either end up leaving, or going broke. So stick to the rule: 40x your monthly rent, and you'll make it.

If you can't afford any livable apartments using the 40x rule (which is very likely), you can share an apartment with a roommate to cut the costs. Beware though, only go this route if you can handle roommates.
#lex on Sep 13, 2013 :
hi i am 27 years old hope to move new york city in one year with my best friend what is it realy like there?
#izzy on Sep 12, 2013 :
is it really that bad living in nyc???? / do u need a ceratin type pf personality???
#Anonymous on Sep 11, 2013 :
Prices in the US include utilities and taxes which are very high. In NYC it could be easily a third of the rent, so rent prices are actually lower compared to other countries.
#Natalia on Sep 04, 2013 :
Hey! I'm thinking of going to New York next year spend some months learning english at the New York Language Center in Manhattan. Could someone tell me aproximately how much money I need to live in NYC every month? I mean, I pretend to share a place with some person, paying the basic stuff (electricity, water, internet...). Also need a recommendation of a neighborhood to live. Not too far from the center of the city neither too close, some thing in the middle (otherwise I imagine the price will gonna be very expensive) but in a safe place. Thanks!
#Harley on Sep 03, 2013 :
I was living in uptown Manhattan NY for 7 years and finally left on March 28 2013. I had a job as a financial consultant making $72,000 a year. My rent was $2500+ bills ($300), clothing, going out probably about $700/month. Iam telling you all as a recommendation !!!!!DO NOT MOVE TO NEW YORK!!!! You will REGRET you did. Why? here is why:
1-Super Expensive
2-You can't really own a car, unless you want to pay $25 of parking each day.
3-Horrible weather, when its cold its cold!!!!
4-Way Over crowded
5-No Peace and Quietness, Not even when you go to sleep.
6-Dangerous....Thugs, homeless people, dishonest policemen, rude people everywhere (not all), grumpy people on coffee.
7-Old buildings, dirty city.
8-Competitive job market.
9-Not family friendly
10-The Most Important one
"EVERYONE IS ALL ABOUT THEMSELVES AND ARE TRYING TO GET TO THE TOP" !!!!NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU!!!!!...This is New York and I will never go back to live in that city or to visit for that matter. I have been so many countries in the world (120 countries) and there is way better places to live than that piece of shit town city called New York. I now live in Malibu CA (Los Angeles) and my life couldn't be any better. I tried to like New York while I was there but every time something kept proving itself that it is just not a good place to waste your life in. If you would like to visit the Big Apple as a tourist by all means go for it, but to go live there.......well, you will end up writing a comment on a website like this one warning others why not to move there. Peace to everyone and I hope you take this seriously.
#Fabian on Aug 26, 2013 :
Anna, i respect your comment,i live in NYC myself ,60-70k a year,couldn't ask for more(self-paid my school),i live in Manhattan,behind Financial District &help my mom and dad back home in Romania too( a gal of gas 8$ ,pack of cig 6$ ,gal of milk 5$) .my mom makes about 550$ , if you were born in paradise i'm sure is hard,for me NYC is perfect, this city has a vibe ,has life,this city defines and brings opportunity,No pain , no gain:)
#Bruce Meyers on Aug 26, 2013 :
Looking for a single male roommate for my apartment in the upper east side,Bruce bmeyers@meyersassociateslp.com
#Andy on Aug 19, 2013 :
I am hoping to move to NYC..Ive been ofered a salary of $125,000.I am hoping that should be enough to survive:)
#Jake on Aug 13, 2013 :
Guys. Were making here 130K- 150K a year on average...so it's not that expensive
#Um on Jul 31, 2013 :
I'm amazed by all these questions when the answers are provided in the graphs. Definitely won't survive in the city.
#selena7 on Jul 21, 2013 :
hey guys!!i m greek and i d love living in nyc for a while,but everything s more expensive than i m used to :( could anyone inform me ,what s a median salary vin nyc?
#Joshua Harris on Jul 10, 2013 :
If you're looking to lower the cost of living in NYC you can put in pressurized walls to create an extra bedroom for another roommate. A buddy of mine actually runs one a company in manhattan that does that and if your looking at cutting rent it's definitely worth the investment. Check out his website at pressurizedwallsnyc.com
#Michelle on Jul 04, 2013 :
I live in perth Western Australia, New York prices are cheap in comparsion, A very average rental far away from the city is around $2000 a month, public transport costs around $12 a day, A taxi ride for 30 mins will set you back $70, Movie tickets $20, a wine at a pub $10.00. A bottle of water $3.50 and the median income is roughly the same maybe slightly higher here.
#Sulakshana on Jun 01, 2013 :
I am an Indian going for a vacation to NYC in december. How much money should i carry? I will be staying with a friend. Also, when are the sales on?
#Anonymous on May 31, 2013 :
The way people are living is that families are doubling up and tripling up in Apartments and so the streets are dirty and crowded except for below 96st.
#MICKEY on May 08, 2013 :
Hey guys,In Ghana and I'm leaving for NYC this July, 13 and looking for a room apartment to rent with the price ranging $600 - $1000 monthly. nanamich@yahoo.com
Thank you
#Max on May 05, 2013 :
I just moved into NYC. I pay 2500 a month for a studio and consider myself lucky. The cost of food here is way more than in outer boroughs. Internet helps a lot as there are sites like FreshDirect where one can purchase food and groceries. Unless you make at least 100K a year I think it is going to be really tough living in NYC especially if you like to go out.
#vitaly nyc on May 02, 2013 :
1br in brooklyn about 1100$ The main problems in Nyc are dirty streets, rude people, cold winter, destroyed roads, expensive car's insuranse.
#Lesego on Apr 11, 2013 :
i would love to come and work in New York some time....i live all the way in South Africa, im a University Student
#alvin anderson on Apr 07, 2013 :
Nyc is great city and i am thinking to come to here.
The things here can be easily afforded by me. I just need to make a little more money.
#anna on Mar 31, 2013 :
I cannot help smiling while reading these comments:-) I live in Ukraine, Kiev and invite you to come here and find out how happy and lucky you are to live in NY or other. Our prices are the same as in NY (some even higher) but an average monthly salary is 400$. Your cost of living is an amazing option, you simply enjoy it!
#newyorknewyork on Mar 09, 2013 :
I am looking into moving to NY. I am from Norway, and compared to what I am used to here these prices are not that bad. However, I am wondering if its really not possible to find a studio for apx. $1000-1500?
#shan on Mar 07, 2013 :
hulala, i had no idea the big apple is so damn expensive. it must be difficult to save. everything is 10times what am used to.
#@gizaiga on Feb 23, 2013 :
I'm looking at the cost of living in NYC and it's unbelievable! things are so exensive! i live in one of he most beautiful countries in the world(Kenya :)) & everything seems to be 10+ times cheaper than NYC
#Sandy on Feb 20, 2013 :
I am a software programmer and was thinking to move to NYC but after analyzing this result i guess i need to save a few more bucks before moving into NY :P
#Saudi guy on Feb 07, 2013 :
hey guys i'm going to travel to nyc for spend summer vacation there . i can bear only 8000 USD . tell me guys is it enough ?
#A Nieves on Jan 09, 2013 :
Cost of living is high yes! apartments and houses are through the roof that is all correct. but the people who live here know how to shop. Some of the most expensive shops take place in NY but also keep in mind that there are NO WALMARTS! (except for LI) Therefore those cheap mom and pop stores are still around and very cheap. As far as the people you will find rude and nice people NYC is very diverse. Traffic is horrible here and highways and streets can be confusing. Your car insurance is guaranteed to sky rocket since your chances of being in an accident are much much more.
#Scottie on Nov 19, 2012 :
#Monique I am an upcoming photographer and am very interested in moving to NYC from ATL. I am sure that rent will be high but are utilities high? I currently have a $300 light bill cable is about $120 and i still have a car note and other bills as well. I am looking for increase. HELP PLEASE!
#Hamdan Kappil on Nov 08, 2012 :
Thank you very much for this listing. Anyhow I am an Indian who have much passion to come and work in New York city. However when i hear about the total living expense i wonder how a family can live in the city by depending upon a single person. I think Government should not levy heavy income tax from city population,because people cannot afford a tax burden to live in a finest city. For an average worker how much will be balance after tax and expense.
#queenser on Nov 04, 2012 :
Where are these studios for $600? Texas? Or in a neighborhood where a chance to be killed by a stray bullet is higher than getting jeans for $10.
#JEW YORK on Oct 14, 2012 :
"I'm looking to leave the US because financially, living in NYC makes no sense anymore." <- Why do New Yorkers think that the rotten apple is the capital of the country? Note to all New Yorkers: the twin towers were NOT the Pentagon!
#Morgan on Oct 03, 2012 :
Rent on Long Island for a single bedroom is between 1100 and 1200 a month a studio (shared bathroom and kitchen) is about 800. 2 bedroom 1500 3 1800. I wish my salary (yes salary not hourly) was even close to the 3600 median income
#Caroline on Oct 02, 2012 :
I believe that fitness centers are probably less than the average you said per month. I know that NYSC is pretty cheap and so is planet fitness, which are two of the largest gyms in the city.
#Pete on Sep 25, 2012 :
Thank you all for all these informations.
I was just about to move but, It seems that I should save some more $ before I leave TX!
Can ou guys just tell me how much do they 'really' pay to a Pharmacist Technician?
#Linds on Aug 28, 2012 :
I live in NY, there are no apartments less than $1000 per month these days. I haven't seen any that aren't total hell holes. You could rent a room within an apartment for a little less but you wouldn't have a lot of privacy. I'm looking to leave the US because financially, living in NYC makes no sense anymore.
#Nick on Jul 26, 2012 :
could u tell me the avg cost of living in NY per month for a person who's moving from the Netherlands, if u're making a medium salary and u do not splurge much?
#C.B on Jun 06, 2012 :
#Monique - would love to know more about the studio's close to Manhattan that range from $600-800 and if you know of any going at the moment? Looking to rent for a month or so.

Thanks
#Monique on May 26, 2012 :
Well a lot of people here know where to find deals outside the normal price range. For instance, they say the average cost of rent outside if Manhattan is $1500 a month, but there are plenty of apartments that go for less than that (like $800 for a studio, my friends got a studio for $600). Also there are plenty if discount stores throughout NYC (can buy.jeans for $10, shirts for $6, shoes for $20). And the same goes for groceries, I can buy organic oatmeal for a dollar at Target, as well as a 2 liter of Sprite for $1-2 because it's so competitive here businesses are constantly offering discounts to keep up with their competitors. Another thing that helps is that there seems to be more affordable healthcare options/plans for NY'ers in comparison to say Kentucky which is where I'm originally from.
#J HARRIS on Apr 25, 2012 :
I dont know how people in New York can make it on what they make in general.
Im am retired just turned 81 on the 21st of April 12. In the Army 26 years
enlisted man E-6,I also get a check from a meat packing plant.And Social Security
my mortgage is less than it takes to rest in NY.I enjoy a larger retirement income
and my cost of living he lets my get by without worry.

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