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Cost of Living in Cologne

Summary about cost of living in Cologne:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.00 € 7.00-12.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 34.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.25 € 7.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 € 2.70-4.75
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.55 € 2.50-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.57 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.53 € 2.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.23 € 1.50-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.63 € 2.35-3.37
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.31 € 0.91-1.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.04 € 0.68-1.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.03 € 1.55-2.75
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.73 € 2.72-5.13
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.39 € 2.27-4.53
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.59 € 3.99-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 1.06 € 0.90-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.68-1.04
Oranges (1 lb) 0.86 € 0.60-0.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.03 € 0.68-1.08
Potato (1 lb) 0.49 € 0.45-0.68
Onion (1 lb) 0.58 € 0.45-0.72
Lettuce (1 head) 0.82 € 0.49-0.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.49 € 0.33-0.80
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.99 € 4.99-5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.84 € 0.69-1.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.25 € 0.92-1.49
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.40 € 6.40-6.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.95 € 2.85-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 92.75 € 75.00-98.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.20-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.90 € 2.01-3.06
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.37 € 4.92-5.83
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,500.00 € 17,322.00-26,999.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,333.00 € 17,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 199.40 € 106.25-300.00
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) 30.48 € 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29.22 € 16.00-55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.92 € 0.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.50 € 9.00-13.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 426.00 € 250.00-630.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,333.33 € 6,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 82.12 € 45.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 25.53 € 20.00-39.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.45 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 105.36 € 60.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 752.61 € 620.00-900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 542.50 € 440.00-650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,420.95 € 1,200.00-1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,016.00 € 800.00-1,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 500.64 € 445.93-557.41
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 346.06 € 278.71-418.06
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,215.49 €
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: October 2019
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4 Comments so far

#? on Aug 04, 2019 :
I love cologne it is beautiful the people are nice and all it's my favorite city but I dont know German language. Do I have any chances to learn german language and finish university ? I really want to live here it's my dream
#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.