Cost of Living in Orlando

Cost of living in Orlando is 19.48% lower than in New York, NY Info
Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 887.90$ and for four person family at 3,231.74$ (without rent).
Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 9.90-22.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 52.50 $ 36.00-62.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.00 $ 2.50-4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.75 $ 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.83 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.72 $ 1.50-2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.57 $ 1.20-2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.33 $ 3.50-6.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.48 $ 2.00-2.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.85 $ 1.36-3.00
Eggs (12) 3.16 $ 2.00-3.89
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.02 $ 3.63-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.55 $ 2.80-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.64 $ 4.99-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.33 $ 1.99-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.88 $ 0.69-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.11 $ 1.00-3.89
Tomato (1 lb) 2.07 $ 1.00-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.14 $ 1.00-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.54 $ 1.00-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.47 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.24 $ 1.99-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 8.99-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.32 $ 1.79-3.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.06 $ 2.69-3.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 $ 5.89-10.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 $ 50.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.45 $ 2.40-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.82 $ 2.40-3.33
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 31.50 $ 27.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.11 $ 1.98-2.40
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,495.00 $ 16,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 125.70 $ 100.00-166.60
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.11
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.63 $ 35.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 34.16 $ 25.00-45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.67 $ 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.50 $ 9.00-14.50
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 38.93 $ 29.99-45.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.25 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.77 $ 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.69 $ 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,239.35 $ 1,000.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 886.41 $ 750.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,112.50 $ 1,500.00-2,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,417.93 $ 1,200.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 141.28 $ 120.00-165.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 116.11 $ 100.00-150.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,217.07 $ 2,300.00-4,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.04 3.50-4.67

Prices in Orlando, Florida, United States

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Last update: November, 2015
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24 Comments so far
#Ana on Oct 13, 2015 :
Okay, for anyone wanting to move to Orlando, let me give you the reality of this city.
I live in Kissimmee currently but am moving to an apartment in Orlando to be closer to my university. For anyone thinking Orlando is too expensive, or too dangerous, kissimmee is a great option. It's cheaper, and quieter but still in reasonable distance from Orlando. My family's income is below average for 4 people (they make only $43,000 annually) and we still own a very nice 3bed/2bath home with a pool on the expensive (west) side of kissimmee. We also own 3 cars. Wages for the average worker are not high, so dont have that expectation. For no educational experience, expect $10/hour to begin with, sometimes even $9. Places like Disney and hotels are always hiring if you have no other options! Apartments run from $600-$900 for 2bed-3bed, so its very affordable. As for utilities, on average for a HOUSE, expect: Gas = $40 or less (depending on if you cook a lot), electricity= $280 or less (Depending how much a/c you use and the size of the house) Water= $80, wifi= $45, trash and sewer= $90.
As for living in Orlando, it's a lot more expensive, and dangerous. The crime rate has recently gone up, as well as car insurance prices. Expect apartments in a good area to run you $1200-2700, not including any type of utilities (unless you live in income based housing which do include water, sewer, and trash). There are also a lot of homes and apartments in not-so-nice areas that are a lot cheaper, if you don't mind the higher chances of getting shot. As Kissimmee, Orlando does also have a lot of job opportunities because of the city and how busy it is, and a lot of places to go to for entertainment in the downtown area. Utilities are about the same. The only bill that really fluctuates is the electricity bill because of how bipolar the weather is. During April-November expect HIGH electric bills, and December-February lower bills.
#Melody on Aug 28, 2015 :
Ok everyone, heard this yesterday on news the average cost of living in Orlando for a family of 4 is $63,000 a year. The cost to a single person is $35,000... Most wages here will leave you struggling!!!! I was born in Orlando and have moved to a more country setting in Lake County . You also need to check crimes in Orlando , it is out of control as most major cities . Multiple murders on a daily bases . Wages are horrible , and most office positions YOU MUST BE BILINGUAL !!! Remember I am a native of Orlando and I won't paint unicorns and rainbows for you... It is extremely expensive and a very high violent crime rate along with massive drug problem... All I am saying to you can be confirmed with research. Start by looking up hero on overdoses in Orlando around Aug 20th 2015 !!!! People on this site should be more honest of how life is living Orlando truly is !!!
#Tristan on Jul 29, 2015 :
me and some friends are moving to an orlando apt soon, one is from missouri, another from miramar fl, and me from mississippi.
#Sean on Jun 15, 2015 :
Hi, if anybody could help me i would appreciate it. Myself & my family are thinking of emigrating to Orlando, FL, from a city called Leeds in the United Kingdom. I would like to know if Orlando is a great deal more in cost of living or am I on a winner if I do i choose to move?
#Brenda on Apr 25, 2015 :
PS, there is TONS of public transportation here. The lynx bus is everywhere!! A lot of the locals use (don't know where that dude works in Orlando or if he has ever used it...apparently not). bit I have several co-workers and so does my husband (different companies, different parts of town) that use it as their everyday commute. The comment about the sun rail train for commute not going to the theme parks or airport ---. This is BECAUSE it was installed for the locals for WORK transportation. Not designed for tourists to get to vacation destinations. You can check them both out on the net: and
#Brenda on Apr 25, 2015 :
Ok... I'm reading this list and scratching my head at some of it (mostly the comments). If you're paying over $1.78/dozen for eggs, you're not shopping at Walmart, save a lot or aldi, I see. Milk at those places also ranges from $2.50-$4/gallon. Chicken breast! 1.78-1.98/per pound. Ps these are APRIL 2015 prices....

To the lady wanting to relocating from NY to Orlando. DO IT. Not sure where in NY you are from, but we relocated from Rochester, NY in November 2012. (outside city limits). The only major difference I saw was food prices are higher (then, at Wegman's, I was paying $1.69/gallon for milk and it was $4 when we arrived in Orlando). And my car insurance. Same company, same vehicles, same coverage, went from $113/month for 2 full coverage vehicles to $256/month (not one thing of coverage changed!). JUST by having an Orlando address. When we bought a house here. (WAY cheaper per square foot than 30 moles OUTSIDE Rochester city), we moved just east of Orlando (literally like 5 miles) and our car insurance dropped just over $600 per year. Buying a newer car, dropped it even more (an additional $360/year).

Having said all that. Be prepared for moving expenses (just to switch those two vehicles and our two licenses over to FL from NY was $1000).

But there is lots of opportunities here. You just have to be willing to work. But. If you're from NY, I can tell ya, you're already ahead of that MY experience here.
#Anonymous on Mar 20, 2015 :
For the person asking about public transport - like most places in the United States, public transport is very limited. Orlando is designed for people with cars.

However, there are some bus routes, and a single commuter train line with about 10 stops that goes from the south end of town to the north end of town, but doesn't connect to the attractions or to the airport. Taxis are difficult to find unless you are at the airport or at a hotel downtown.

You could probably make do with public transport in Orlando, but it won't be easy, and asking the locals won't help much, since very few of them use it.
#CoCo The Clown on Jan 23, 2015 :
It also depends where you buy your food from... some supermarkets are double the prices of others... so you need to be selective
and learn to be smart so as to save money... Find fruit/veg markets and save that way...

Live small and save big !!
#Jim on Jan 22, 2015 :
I don't know where they get the prices but this site is incorrect on many of the items

Food prices are double of that listed.... Milk is above $4 while eggs around $3.5

Meals lunchtime are correct but evening it rises another $10-15

Rent and utilities are also a bit higher

A great place to live but just like anywhere else in the country the cost of living is higher than many will tell you.
#Simon Samson on Jan 19, 2015 :
Can someone advise on what public transport is like in Florida and places like Orlando.

Also, are you able to get away with living rent free in a van or SUV or camper van..

What are the best ways to live cheaply if you're unlikely to get yourself a regular job...

I might try busking or doing magic tricks on the sidewalks for cash...
#Channa Yakatorrek on Dec 26, 2014 :
It is my dream to relocate to Florida, in Orlando where I was told it is warm all year round and no snow OMG...But dream and reality are so terribly distasteful. Can someone please tell me the truth, about everyday existence there? I so want to come there! It is the greatest accomplishment in life if the salary and cost of living match. I don't know if I dare think of it? Please help! Tell the truth! Is the existence going to be a struggle? Or is it comfortable? I am not seeking riches, just the bare necessities of life and loving the weather on my days off. Oh! My biggest dream? Please tell me if I am delusional! or if I am thinking straight????? Sincerely, Channa! NY....
#Hannah on Oct 27, 2014 :
I live in Orlando FL, less than 10 min away from downtown and we pay $958,00. per month for a 3 bedroom apartment. it will only be as expensive as shown here if you live near Avalon. of course there are places near the downtown where living can be expensive.
#Anonymous on Sep 07, 2014 :
So you need to be rich and watch your back or you are fuck omg so sad....
#Anonymous on Aug 08, 2014 :
I am disabled what are the programs for financial assistance in Kissimmee with kids
#Barnes on Mar 26, 2014 :
Here in Nova Scotia Canada we are the highest taxed province in the country.
The provincial tax is 15% no exceptions,except kids clothes which is 5%.
A loaf of bread is anywhere between 2.19 and 4.19
The cost of gas is currently 1.38 a litre.
The average cost of housing is 365,000.
The min wage is 10.00
The average cost of internet and phone(landline),cable are 185.00 a month.
The flat rate for a taxi is 40.00.
A 2 bedroom apt is 800 including nothing.Unless you want to live in an area of high crime,we have cheaper areas to live.

I think its time to move to Florida where the weather is warmer.
These prices are not in the city,they are outside of the city.
Living in the city costs alot more.
#Jacob on Feb 11, 2014 :
Florda is a great place to live lived aroubnd Panama CIty and Eglan AFB for 15 years.
#George Almodovar on Dec 04, 2013 :
Orlando is right next to Kissimmee which is closer to World Disney, yet cheaper housing such s rent from $700 a month to 1200 for 4 bedrooms and houses under $180,000 brand new and large. Although employment here for low income individuals is about $11 an hour in world Disney such as bus drivers, the cost of living here is better than NYC where I am originally from. And there are no state taxes here coming out of your check. Think I am incorrect, search "Cost if living comparisons and input your city compare to Orlando which is more expensive than Kissimmee and verify what I am stating.

George Almodovar
Author of The NO BS in Making Millions in Real Estate.
#Cece on Oct 23, 2013 :
If you get a job offer here, then you are ahead of the game and can enjoy life in Orlando. It's hot almost all the time. If you like that, it's great. Pools, lakes, and air conditioners are everywhere. If you don't like the heat... visit between November to February instead. Life downtown, Lake Nona, most of East Orlando are comfortable. It's not a fast paced big city, but you are a short plane ride from other places and a quick drive from the beach. If you prefer to live west of downtown, then it's safer live somewhere like Celebration or west of Disney. Prices are low for basics in Orlando and there are low wages for unskilled workers, but if you work in software, medical, or are advanced in your field, you can buy a home for very little. New houses, new neighborhoods have houses in the high 300k.
#Meli on Sep 02, 2013 :
I am From arabic country and i got job offer in Orlando Fl, exactly in ( Metrocenter Blvd ) so i want to have idea please about this place and which place it we be good for living and finding sharing accommodation... what do you advise me ? Thanks a lot
#sylvia on Jul 27, 2013 :
Very low salaries, no jobs, very expensive food, very high utilities cost, you have to pay even to drive on their Freeways and horrible weather, please make your studies if you are planning to move TO ORLANDO or central Fl. NO FUN AT ALL!!
#L.L. on Jul 14, 2013 :
To add to Michael Adam's comment of "relatively low wages": Wages here are ABYSMALLY low and the job market is terrible. My husband who has extensive experience (even foreign and in a very highly rated restaurant) is working for only a few dollars above min. wage. Most jobs only pay between minimum and 12/hr. With the rent here being comparable to larger cities with more job opportunities, better weather and people, better quality of life, the wages should be much higher. In Orlando you get the big-city prices without the amenities a big city has to offer. In addition "cultural events" here are a joke. If you're planning to relocate to Orlando, think carefully!
#David Lane on Apr 20, 2013 :
Costs are less in cities like Winter Haven FL 45 minutes west of Orlando off I-4 and yet you are less than an hour from all the attractions and shopping and dining Orlando has to offer. Best to look outside of Orlando for economical living.
#Michael Adams on Mar 05, 2013 :
Utility costs are accounted for by heavy use of A/C. Expect to spend a lot on gas and tolls to get around: the freeways and streets are some of the most congested in the country. Wages are relatively low as well.

Regarding the gas station quip, gas stations next to airport or Disney jack up prices to feed off the tourists. Overseas, gas is heavily taxed: the folks here are hoping the non-locals fail to realize our lack of gas taxes.
#Avery on Apr 15, 2012 :
One gas station in Orlando is a rip-off. The station's name is Suncoast Energy. The gallon of gas cost $5.89 there or $1.56/liter. It isn't even signed. Consumers won't even noticed until they pump the gas. And then, consumers give f**king gesture to Suncoast Energy!

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