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Cost of Living in Washington

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 94.69
Rent Index: 75.37
Groceries Index: 89.96
Restaurants Index: 87.44
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 85.53
Local Purchasing Power: 116.53
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 $ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.89 $ 3.50-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.87 $ 1.50-2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.74 $ 1.29-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.97 $ 0.76-1.19
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.30 $ 2.52-3.86
Rice (white), (1kg) 5.00 $ 2.20-8.82
Eggs (12) 3.41 $ 2.50-4.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 15.43 $ 11.02-17.64
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.21 $ 6.61-13.23
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 18.18 $ 17.64-18.72
Apples (1kg) 3.97 $ 3.31-4.41
Banana (1kg) 1.47 $ 1.30-1.74
Oranges (1kg) 2.94 $ 2.20-4.41
Tomato (1kg) 6.17 $ 4.39-8.82
Potato (1kg) 2.20 $ 2.20-2.20
Onion (1kg) 3.85 $ 2.20-6.61
Lettuce (1 head) 1.67 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 1.75-2.29
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-17.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 1.99-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.00 $ 7.00-9.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 $ 2.00-4.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 225.00 $ 125.00-240.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.25 $ 2.75-4.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.86 $ 1.49-4.35
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 $ 24.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.65 $ 0.55-0.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,087.50 $ 18,337.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 135.52 $ 76.24-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 55.03 $ 40.00-75.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.54 $ 40.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 28.12 $ 15.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 $ 12.00-15.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 50.96 $ 40.00-69.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.45 $ 29.99-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.72 $ 70.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 132.13 $ 85.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,058.04 $ 1,750.00-2,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,611.46 $ 1,200.00-1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,922.21 $ 3,100.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,760.76 $ 2,300.00-3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,543.28 $ 3,229.17-6,458.35
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,895.18 $ 1,776.05-3,767.37
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 3,576.19 $ 2,500.00-5,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.94 3.40-4.50

Prices in Washington, District Of Columbia, United States

These data are based on 1597 entries in the past 18 months from 214 different contributors.
Last update: April, 2016
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Cost of living in Washington is 5.31% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 1,171.04$ and for four person family at 4,327.61$ (without rent).
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4 Comments so far
#Kay on Feb 13, 2016 :
Patricia, cost for a 2 bedroom home in the greater Metropolitan DC area (we consider Northern Virginia, much of Maryland, to also be part of the area) in the suburbs or one of the smaller cities is about $500,000-$600,000. One of the bigger cities/closer to downtown you can expect to pay 1 mill- 2 million in one of the residential areas. If you want an actual standalone house in or next to down town itself it's worse. Town houses are much cheaper, and condos (where you own your condo, unlike paying rent in an apartment) are cheapest, though you still have to pay building maintenance fees.

Unsafe neighborhoods are more likely to have apartments or homes split into duplexes or something similar, you are unlikely to buy a home there.

Public transport fees vary based on bus usage or metro trains. Buses cost about two dollars one way, though there are some places they aren't as convenient for- suburban areas may have an hour between the buses going to your destination, (though there are other bus routes too) downtown may take ten minutes. Trains can cost anywhere between $2-5, and are usually only used for when you want to travel bigger distances or for commuting. The commuter train, which is not the same system as the Metro, can go even greater distances, like connecting Northern Virginia to Baltimore or taking you down to Richmond. Bikeshare is even cheaper, and there are extensive carpool systems, and other alternative transport methods that cut costs. Driving on the highways means dealing with lots of traffic (we won the award, we officially have worse traffic than LA) but you can skip some of that if you pay the usually ridiculously expensive $9 toll during rush hour to go on special lanes which *sometimes* have less traffic.

I live in one of the downtowns and I've found that buses are great here and walking is super convenient. My parents live in a suburbs here and they are a little less pedestrian friendly if you want to walk beyond your neighborhood.

In general it is one of the more expensive places in the country to live, but there are always free events and free activities and resources available to the public so that cuts on some costs.
#Patricia miller on Jan 19, 2015 :
what is the cost of living for a 2 bedroom home in a safe neighborhood how much does a gallon of milk cost how much is it for public transportation
#Jack on May 02, 2014 :
Cool site really helped compare costs of living
#cat on Nov 05, 2013 :
thanks for the help

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