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Cost of Living in Cologne

Summary about cost of living in Cologne:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 € 7.00-12.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 35.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.50-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.10 € 2.20-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 € 2.50-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.51 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.30 € 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.97 € 1.00-2.90
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.63 € 2.35-2.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.16 € 0.90-1.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.90-1.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.88 € 1.40-2.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.72 € 2.72-5.13
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.20 € 2.54-4.53
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.05 € 3.99-5.67
Apples (1 lb) 0.95 € 0.90-1.22
Banana (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.68-0.90
Oranges (1 lb) 0.93 € 0.60-1.22
Tomato (1 lb) 1.12 € 0.91-1.39
Potato (1 lb) 0.41 € 0.33-0.68
Onion (1 lb) 0.49 € 0.22-0.72
Lettuce (1 head) 0.91 € 0.49-0.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.44 € 0.19-0.80
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.99 € 3.99-5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.78 € 0.34-1.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.26 € 0.92-1.49
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.40 € 6.30-6.40
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.90 € 2.80-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 91.00 € 81.00-95.30
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.00-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.96 € 2.74-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.24 € 4.88-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,000.00 € 17,322.00-26,999.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,749.75 € 21,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 189.34 € 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.07-0.11
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 30.83 € 25.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28.74 € 16.00-55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.83 € 0.00-18.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 8.50-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 464.86 € 250.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,750.00 € 15,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 74.60 € 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27.91 € 20.00-49.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.17 € 69.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.62 € 59.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 720.95 € 600.00-900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 532.27 € 400.00-650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,399.41 € 1,130.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,023.12 € 800.00-1,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 487.74 € 418.06-557.41
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 340.64 € 232.26-418.06
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,316.67 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.92 1.75-2.50

Prices in Cologne

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Last update: April 2019
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3 Comments so far

#Alt-Left on Jul 25, 2018 :
To add to the discussion: as a matter of facts, in the USA as a skilled migrant they’ll issue a H1-B visa (for sure if you’re for a developing country); please google about “h1b visa modern slavery”.
Life is also a matter of freedom, not only money
#Nigel on Mar 15, 2018 :
Hey Ryan, I live in Germany and find the people very friendly. I was in the USA for a month and found a lot of the people there very unfriendly and of course there was the fear of being robbed or shot the whole time. In Germany they have a second to none health program which is fair for everyone, not really what I heard about the USA from most of the people I spoke to. And then of course you guys voted for final trump to be your president. I am so glad I didn’t have dollar signs in my eyes when looking for a career and settled with a country full of beauty, design art and culture.
#Ryan on Apr 27, 2017 :
The average salary for software developers in Germany is about 50000€... If you work for Google in San Jose as a senior software developer, your salary will be about 350000$ incl. bonuses (7 times more) and you don't need to learn another complicated language. People are also much nicer in the united states comparing to Germany. I see no reasons to live here. The country is absolutely overrated.