Cost of Living Comparison Between Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA 

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Consumer Prices in Philadelphia, PA are 8.90% lower than in Boston, MA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Philadelphia, PA are 21.40% lower than in Boston, MA
Rent Prices in Philadelphia, PA are 37.33% lower than in Boston, MA
Restaurant Prices in Philadelphia, PA are 27.49% lower than in Boston, MA
Groceries Prices in Philadelphia, PA are 4.40% lower than in Boston, MA
Local Purchasing Power in Philadelphia, PA is 5.43% lower than in Boston, MA
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Restaurants
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 15.00 $      -25.00 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 90.00 $ 55.00 $      -38.89 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 $ 8.00 $      -20.00 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 5.00 $      -28.57 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.00 $      -12.50 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.56 $ 4.38 $      -3.95 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.38 $ 1.83 $      -22.92 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.74 $ 1.44 $      -17.19 %
Markets
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.58 $ 4.13 $      +15.39 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.12 $ 2.82 $      -9.46 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.41 $ 1.84 $      -23.86 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.50 $ 2.29 $      -8.19 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.44 $ 4.25 $      -34.05 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.98 $ 5.21 $      +4.64 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.30 $ 6.66 $      -8.69 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.18 $ 2.53 $      +16.06 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.69 $ 0.64 $      -6.38 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.35 $ 2.15 $      -8.45 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.55 $ 2.29 $      -10.22 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.65 $ 1.92 $      +192.60 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.36 $ 1.57 $      +15.47 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.14 $ 1.67 $      -22.03 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.39 $ 1.80 $      -24.72 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 13.00 $      -13.33 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.44 $ 4.16 $      +70.64 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.09 $ 3.89 $      +25.72 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.19 $ 10.50 $      -13.83 %
Transportation
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50 $      0.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 90.00 $ 97.00 $      +7.78 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.95 $      -1.67 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 5.00 $      +66.67 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 $ 25.00 $      -10.71 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.61 $ 2.99 $      +14.56 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 22,000.00 $      -12.00 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,518.71 $ 21,455.78 $      -4.72 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 189.82 $ 176.89 $      -6.81 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.08 $ 0.18 $      +114.29 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 61.56 $ 62.64 $      +1.75 %
Sports And Leisure
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 73.48 $ 36.39 $      -50.47 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.25 $ 31.59 $      +48.64 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 14.00 $      0.00 %
Childcare
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,825.00 $ 1,000.81 $      -45.16 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,250.00 $ 28,633.33 $      +1.36 %
Clothing And Shoes
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 47.27 $ 44.16 $      -6.58 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.56 $ 31.39 $      -14.13 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.62 $ 78.74 $      +1.44 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 109.40 $ 105.18 $      -3.86 %
Rent Per Month
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,585.48 $ 1,704.51 $      -34.07 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,911.68 $ 1,109.17 $      -41.98 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,310.61 $ 2,828.55 $      -34.38 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,989.35 $ 1,750.83 $      -41.43 %
Buy Apartment Price
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,078.22 $ 450.03 $      -58.26 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 564.39 $ 124.60 $      -77.92 %
Salaries And Financing
Boston, MA Edit Philadelphia, PA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,753.42 $ 4,276.82 $      -25.66 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.20 3.60      +12.33 %
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