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Cost of Living in Cedar Rapids

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 5.00-17.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 42.00 $ 26.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 3.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 $ 2.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.50 $ 2.50-5.50
Cappuccino (regular) 4.00 $ 1.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.70 $ 1.20-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.34 $ 0.50-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.00 $ 1.66-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.73 $ 0.99-2.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.50 $ 0.80-2.19
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.54 $ 0.99-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.23 $ 2.00-6.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.25 $ 1.63-4.50
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.50 $ 2.00-7.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.60 $ 0.65-2.50
Banana (1 lb) 0.60 $ 0.25-0.80
Oranges (1 lb) 1.62 $ 0.89-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.63 $ 0.80-2.50
Potato (1 lb) 0.88 $ 0.39-1.20
Onion (1 lb) 0.93 $ 0.35-1.70
Lettuce (1 head) 1.33 $ 0.70-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.61 $ 1.00-2.25
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.25 $ 7.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.61 $ 0.89-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.45 $ 1.00-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.50 $ 3.76-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 $ 1.50-1.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 $ 30.00-40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 1.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.75 $ 1.25-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.50 $ 10.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.44 $ 2.16-2.87
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 $ 16,000.00-23,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,696.27 $ 14,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 127.93 $ 60.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.33
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.00 $ 25.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.00 $ 10.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.50 $ 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.50 $ 8.50-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 625.00 $ 225.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,000.00 $ 5,000.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 45.00 $ 15.99-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.31 $ 15.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.33 $ 39.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 102.50 $ 55.00-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 640.00 $ 450.00-800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 485.00 $ 425.00-550.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,010.00 $ 750.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 890.00 $ 700.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 175.00 $ 150.00-200.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 160.00 $
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,049.85 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.38 3.20-4.54

Prices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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2 Comments so far

#Carlos Chapa on Oct 31, 2015 :
Another person told me to be paying about $520 for a 2-bed apartment, in a kind of middle class neighborhood (in a condition a little bit better than the one I mentioned before). This apartment was probably in the 700-800 square feet range. I think most apartments I've seen are more in this range. I decided to add this extra note because after writing the other post prior to this one, I felt that maybe the first person I mentioned before (who says is paying arong $450 per month) probably got an unusual good deal.
#Carlos Chapa on Oct 31, 2015 :
Some comments so readers will understand better how much prices can change. For a house in the lower middle class neighborhood, living 1050 sq feet (about 98 sq meters), with no central AC but I’d say other above-the-average expenses, I spent about $658.36 (in a year) in city utilities (water, garbage and sewage); $992.72 in electricity (Alliant Energy); and $946.26 for gas last year (2014), so in average this was about $216.42 per month. So I found these calculations a little bit overpriced, but then again this is probably considering charges for a middle class neighborhood and maybe, with central air, power expenses are higher in average than me.

I also pay about $75 a month for Internet access (about 20 mbps), but I know if I really shop around I’d get much better deals (especially when you sign contracts for typically 2 years), the first year would probably be less than $35 a month per 20 mbps. Please consider than the standard above is 10mbps. I know I am paying too much for Internet access, but then I need reliable internet access because it’s unlimited and I use it a lot.

Last time I check (end of Oct), unleaded gas (the cheapest which is I think 87), was costing $3.33/gallon in my side of the city. In places like Iowa City it would cost probably 10 to 15 cents more. There are also other places in Cedar Rapids that cost typically between $0.05 to $0.10 cheaper than where I live. However, that number is probably more accurate because this year prices were substantially lower, and as we get into the colder months, the price will probably go down than the $3.33 I mentioned.

I don’t know much about renting, since I bought my house long time ago, but I had a friend who rented a 2 bedroom apartment (or flat as they call it in other countries) in a lower class neighborhood. Well, it’s a fairly well maintained apartment (building s probably from the 1950s or 1960s), and the neighborhood is not really dangerous (only one neighborhood here is relatively dangerous and it’s around the downtown towards the 19th street in SE), and I think this person paid $450 for a 2 bedroom apartment (not that big and not that small either), probably in the 70 sq meter range. I hope this information helps.