Cost of Living in New York

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 100.00
Rent Index: 100.00
Groceries Index: 100.00
Restaurants Index: 100.00
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 100.00
Local Purchasing Power: 100.00
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 $ 12.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 $ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.50 $ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.24 $ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.97 $ 1.25-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.59 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.86 $ 2.99-5.39
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.18 $ 1.99-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.62 $ 1.50-4.00
Eggs (12) 3.33 $ 2.29-4.89
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.30 $ 3.40-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.93 $ 2.99-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.15 $ 3.00-11.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.45 $ 1.50-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.08 $ 0.49-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.35 $ 1.00-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.17 $ 1.09-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.43 $ 0.99-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.35 $ 0.80-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.00 $ 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.25 $ 1.00-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.46 $ 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.62 $ 2.00-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 13.00 $ 11.00-15.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.75-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 116.50 $ 116.00-121.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.50-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 25.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.58 $ 2.30-3.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 $ 20,000.00-27,700.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,091.50 $ 18,000.00-23,990.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 126.60 $ 75.00-220.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.10-0.15
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 56.76 $ 35.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 75.36 $ 25.00-140.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 44.12 $ 20.00-80.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 13.50-17.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,773.33 $ 1,083.33-2,916.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 24,666.67 $ 18,000.00-35,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 52.97 $ 35.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.83 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.29 $ 60.00-112.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 116.02 $ 75.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,996.79 $ 2,000.00-3,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,910.56 $ 1,400.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,909.46 $ 4,500.00-8,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,395.59 $ 2,150.00-5,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,120.04 $ 799.99-1,499.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 605.23 $ 278.04-1,099.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,315.99 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.85 3.25-4.25

Prices in New York, New York, United States

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Last update: April, 2017
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85 Comments so far

#Ahmed on Apr 17, 2017 :
I lived in NY my whole life but 3 years ago I loved bc it was soo fucking expensive. I'm trying to move back. It's the greatest place on earth and I got all my family there.
#ty on Mar 26, 2017 :
hi i would like to know the pop and how much pop in new york city have access to clean water.

thank you
#susanne siegmund on Mar 06, 2017 :
$10 an hour is enough, but you have to rent a room with shared bathroom in some of the further parts of bronx, brooklyn. you would have to also cook all your meals. no eating out. renting in the outer boros dont usually require credit checks, although they will take a copy of your passport. manhatan apts will run credit checks on you. well if you are indian, dont go to nyc, go to edison nj. it's a suburb of nyc and thats where all the indians go.
#Abhishek S Bhat on Dec 21, 2016 :
Damn! You know what? Come off to Bangalore, India. Here you get a very good flat of 1600 sqft for rent at 450$ a month(The decent ones start at 220$ for a 700 sqft ). A dream one for 700$. Groceries in abundance for a family of 6 for 120$. Monthly electricity bill between 12-20$.Local transportation pass (by bus) is 20$ for a month and a special 100$ a year. 45$ a month and 220$ for a luxury bus.You can buy yourself a Volkswagen Jetta in the range of 27500$ to 40,000$ You can afford in plenty to eat outside as a full lunch in a top restaurant will cost you 6$ while most basic hotels cost 1$ for the same quantity of food which costs 20$ in New York. The shirt of a big brand for 30$, a classic suit for 175$, a shoe for 35$. The gas is expensive here, 4.1$ per gallon. Electronics are considerably more expensive in India, around 70%. A very good bike for 100$ and a Kawasaki Ninja 300 for 7000$ (ON ROAD PRICE). Cabs cost 2$ for 3 miles. Excellent public transportation connections here. A new much hyped movie costs 5$ a ticket in PVR Cinemas. To conclude, you can have a rich man/woman here if you can take home 1500$ a month which is approximately a hundred and two thousand Indian Rupees.Stop wasting time thinking and pack up. last but not the least, Bangalore is among the most expensive cities in India.
#Ivana on Nov 19, 2016 :
For those of you commenting you want to come to New York please visit but don't stay. It is definitely not what you think New York has beautiful points but living here the stress will give you a heart attack. I have been in New York 11 years and I am thinking of moving away since it's so expensive. The thing about New York is their are tricks to the trade of living here because living here is work in itself. It is not a game their is someone aways waiting to take your apartment if you don't want it, majority of the time it's like this. The landlords are always pressuring you to leave in sneaky ways unless you have a connection through someone else who knows them and can vouch that your a great person. Or you know the housing courts system. The man who wrote this article god bless him because many of you think this is article is bull shit and sadly its not this is seriously how we live unless you make above 90,000 a year you are not in comfort. You need to come here speaking many languages and get a coding experience and technology experience. I'm currently learning coding now due to the fact I need to truly compete to make a living every hour of my life here. Those of you who think your going to come here making less than 90,000.00. Please Please make your lives easier and go move to another state if you want to live in America do years of research because each state has its drawbacks. So far I've picked Kansas as a state I would love to move to. My income is currently less than 20,000.00 income would provide a lot more to me in Kansas than it would here in New York City. I'm stuck here because I cannot leave and I am so accustomed to my lifestyle and the proximity of everything that is really close to me. One true thing is the gentrification happens every 5-7 years so before you can even complete a ten year census you already have lost your apartment due to some of the sketchy business that goes on with the sneaky landlords. My close relative a sister of mine had a landlord that did not want to confront her about trying to evict her from her apartment. So he took an eviction notice and placed it in her apartment while she was away under her fridge on the floor hoping she wouldn't see it. My relative has a compulsive disorder and has a very cleanly home This was how we were raised as children. She found it less than a day later and went to the courts to over turn the unwarranted eviction. If you don't check your mail daily it can hurt you, keeping a clean place helps, because living in New York is like running a business you must do daily inspection everyday to make sure your business is safe from those who want to destroy it hourly. If not you are doomed. Then usually if you really did truly have to go into the shelter due to loss of a home or apartment, while in the shelter system you will get relocated to another part of the city for a year or more further than what your commonly used to. This year is going to be the toughest year of your life. The worst thing about New York is making money once you have some they place another bill on your shoulders, so the higher your wages you earn the higher your bills. If you have children make the trip New York cares for families but if your single stay away. I truly don't make that much and when I pay taxes and or get a paycheck 200-400 is removed automatically without a blink or a flinch yet I worked all those hours only to get 60 percent of what I earn. Not even 75 percent of what I make U earn please please reconsider coming here. Do not come here with drug habits because these are expensive and will ruin you in this city the same with an alcohol habit. If you are not at the top of your game and you have drama don't come here the city has enough drama and it will suffocate you. We are at the highest rate of homelessness and highest rate of children starving without food please do better for your families. These two reasons why are why I won't have a child here in the city. Bad enough the person I am with may not even be able to do for himself to survive but how can both of us take care of a child when we can't even truly relax to be apart of this child's life because we work so hard to make sure it eats.
#Ashutosh on Jul 19, 2016 :
I find Big Metros like Mumbai in India very very expensive w.r.t New york City. The reason is that author has simply given data according to the cost and not effective cost by completely ignoring the interest rate.
Just for example the author has got data cost of apartment but ignored mortgage interest rate which is very low in the US(less than 4 percent) w.r.t. India(10 percent) at the moment. So, the author should calculate effective cost of apartment. Along with this, the author should consider the hidden cost in the form of black money which exits in countries like india.
#CoCo on May 30, 2016 :
Why is New York so damn expensive??? It's because of gentrification and the influx of financial money people who have made hundreds of millions and in many cases billions out of the banking and financial markets..

The super rich have distorted the real estate market and caused residential and commercial property prices and rents to sour.

If you are only making basic money then the best way to save and get ahead is to co-dwell in an apartment.. accept you'll have little privacy and just use your home for sleeping and showering.

Learn computer coding and study business or the share commodities markets and get your skills right up so that you may have a chance of pulling yourself up out of the financial underclass and into the comfort zone of money and independence.

Develop hit selling Apps for the iPhone/iPad

Write and produce hit songs on your MackBook Pro and give Max Martin a run for his money..

Become a skilled day trader ... just don't lose the shirt off your back...

(I haven't done it but I think that's a worthwhile approach to take..)
#Cuka Blqt on May 12, 2016 :
I live in East Europe and here you can live like a boss with 10k $ per year :D
#Razvan Nemesu on Mar 30, 2016 :
Wow. I kindly recommand you to come and live in Bucharest ( Romania, Europe ) :). New York seems to be an American Dream, but it's so expensive . In Bucharest you can live extremly well with just 10-12k/ year. The rent is 2-300$ for an apartment in the center of town and the costs of living are very small :D.
I was tempted to come in New York, but after the comments and the prices i've seen, maby it's wiser to stay here :))
#Monika on Feb 14, 2016 :
I moved to NY two years ago, I had so many expectations for the city, but I was disappointed. Here is why, realistically:
1. The streets are very dirty and the roads are in bad condition
2. There is a huge number of homeless people on the streets
3. There are parts of the city in which you risk your life if you go ( never go alone in a park)
4. The only way to get a job is through connections, since it is so competitive
5. At the stores they try to trick you if you mention that you are a foreigner
6. The cost of living is too high ( for a family of 4 you spend around $3,000 a month only on groceries and transportation, no bills and no rent included)
7. Since I have lived in Europe previously, the life quality here is 100 times poorer, with no time for relaxing, only Work-Home, Work-Home. No time to even see your family.
8.There is a triple tax on income : Federal, state and city tax plus SS insurance and Medicare. So if you make $1,200 a week, you are left with approx $750.
#CC on Feb 11, 2016 :
I live in NYC and made $81K. I'm single with no kids, and I barely make ends meet. I live in South Brooklyn with $1350/month for rent (2 bd apt). Electric bill varies according to the time of year. In the summer it's around $200. In the winter it's around $70. My internet is $60/month. No cable. Gas is around $15/month. Landlord pays heat and hot water (most do). Unlimited metro card is $116/month. After all these expenses, plus health insurance and minimal 401K contributions, and groceries, I have maybe $200 disposable income. I don't know how people survive here with a $45K-$50K salary.
#Cow on Jan 23, 2016 :
Hi. My friend, boyfriend, and I were considering a move to New York. The colleges that we want to attend are both in Manhattan- PACE University and NYU. Is there a way to cover our expenses (excluding tuition)?
#Anonymous on Jan 07, 2016 :
this told me a lot and will really help me when I finally get to move to ny and with my avid homework
#L.Miller on Nov 17, 2015 :
Apartment rent ranges 1000-1250 (1bedroom)
1300-1400 (2bd) depending the area
food shopping 200-350 bi-week (2-3 people)
electricity 70-120 depending the season
car insurance 200-350 depending the car/ insurance
cable 80-250 depending your plan
gas 40-90 per week depending vehicle and use
metrocard 2.75 per ride
all expenses will vary according to your preference and family size.
income should be 30-45k ( no children)
income 45-60k (1-2 children)
#Earl Jackson on Nov 05, 2015 :
i have a few things to say a lot of people here says its cheap correct? unfrontanuly there a lot a people that cant afford rent that high as well and there no affordable housing for the pepole that has been born here. people that do come into nyc take up all the resources we have as well.the only reason yall saying its cheap because yall could afford it and others cant. everyone situation is diffrent. i think new york is trying to make it were only rich pepole live here and its clearly unfair for other pepole that was born here and have to leave there families and friends as well. i lived here for 32 years nyc is horrible now back in my day it wasnt like this the pepole here are rude no manners think about themselves. everyone is messed up here you cant trust no one all dat stuff its horrible.the mayor sucks too as well bill or whatever his name is is not helping. im not only speaking for me im also speaking for the people who struggle with this stae with unrealistic prices.
#Anonymous on Oct 13, 2015 :
Hello, I got a job in New york. But before coming to new york Can any one tell me minimum monthly expense required to live. Including food and accommodation
#Living here on Oct 11, 2015 :
Been here for years. The city is expensive but you don't have the cost to commute. Anyone looking to move to NYC would be better served by selecting a suburb or another part of the country. You'll need to make 3 times as much money to live a modest life here vs anywhere else.
#Vedant Sood on Sep 12, 2015 :
Hi, I am from India and I am a software, developer. I am looking for a job in New York. Can anyone tell me, what is the cost of living in New York per month?
Email me at at the earliest, please.
#Brett on Sep 08, 2015 :
WARNING!!! Darren Blake is scam! Be careful. 3,000sqft 2/2...maximum security? He requires a fee before you physically see the unit. That is never a requirement. Do not pay him!!
#samantha on May 22, 2015 :
I am 38 i realy want to live in ny but i dont no how much to save to get i realy want to change my life so i want to do something different
#Marlyn Manson on Apr 10, 2015 :
Good luck trying to have a ten minute non-interrupted conversation in a bar or club in Toronto if her friends are nearby. If they don’t physically pull her away from you then what happens is that a rotating gaggle of women will come to “check up” on her, as if you’re on the verge of beating or raping her in full view of everyone. I’ve never seen such baby-like behavior in the Western world. I even experienced a case where the fat friend of a girl I was talking to said that I could “proceed” with the conversation. F**k that.

In DC you have a bunch of lame people who think they are important because of their government job. In Toronto you have a bunch of lame people who think they are cool because… I don’t know why. This is even worse because instead of trying to impress you with the work they’re doing, they try to impress you with slang, name-dropping, or commenting on how “busy” they are. I remember when a girl tried to insult me by calling me a “fucktard” and another white bread girl said to “get at” her. Just because you know the words to a Drake song and go to hip restaurants doesn’t make you cool.

I know some girls are reading right now and thinking, “They don’t give you eye contact because you are ugly!” This very well may be the case, but in Montreal I got daily eye contact from women who were much better looking than the Toronto specimens I had to deal with. Not only that, but Montreal women would smile at me. Yes, you read that right: attractive women would look at me and smile. In Toronto I might as well have been invisible.

I never saw an average-looking guy with a hot girl, but I saw many attractive guys with average girls. Toronto is a penis paradise where a woman can date a man much more attractive than she is pretty. If you’re not a good looking guy, you either have to own a nightclub or approach 1000 girls a week.
#darren blake on Apr 09, 2015 :
i have a 2 beds 2 baths 3000sq feet condo apartment for vacation rental and for subletting, very well furnished and equipped with maximum security. it is located in Manhattan, NY,USA. Inbox me or email me : for more details
#anu on Apr 04, 2015 :
hi dears me and my wife coming from india and bolivia my wife she is a bolivian girl and me iam from india we like to live and works in newyork i dont know anything about newyork can i get a help dears. i dont know the the prospects for living in newyork for a indian guy and a bolivian girl please help me this is my uae number +971554548979 now iam working in uae
#Mahreen on Mar 23, 2015 :
Me and my husband are visitor here in us and i am expecting a baby is there any cheap birthing center in new york city as we dont have much mony to pay but also we dont want to take medcate insurance policy we have almost 5000 us dollars to spend please any one let me know the number and address of cheap birthing center thanx to all
#Rose on Mar 03, 2015 :
I am planning to move to NY after marriage. We have an option of moving to either Saskatoon (Canada), Connecticut or NY (USA). Please suggest what should we prefer. Our annual income will be around 60k. Please suggest which city would provide decent standard of living.
#Irato on Feb 26, 2015 :
@#Sudeep, the minimum wage of New York is $8 an hour, if your friends are actually employing you legally, the amount they're giving you is terribly low. It's a federal mandate within the Fair labor Standards Act that requires that all employees not be paid below $7.25 an hour.
#Sudeep on Feb 07, 2015 :
Hi friends, I am coming to NYC soon as I want a new life and to experience the american dream. I have been offered in a job at a family friend's restaurant doing kitchen work... $4 per hour plus they said I can sleep at the restaurant in the back room as part of the deal.
I expect they will have me working around 60-70 hours a week so I should be making pretty good money.

Once I have saved up some money, would it be possible for me to find an apartment to rent that is not too expensive and do I need to provide much paperwork.
#Em on Feb 04, 2015 :
Hey guys I will be earning $5000 per month so about 3200 take home im guessing - i will be working in manhattan - do you have any suggestions? think i can scrape by?
#lonea on Jan 25, 2015 :
@sandeep No $10 per hour WILL NOT get you through to live in this city it doesn't matter where you will go, at minimum you would need $20 per hour to try to live paycheck by paycheck.
#sandeep on Jan 14, 2015 :

What is the average living cost in new york city for one person. Is 10USD/hour is sufficient to meet the regular requirements there ? Please suggest me.
#dave on Jan 07, 2015 :
how much money does it cost to live in new york city
#Harris on Dec 28, 2014 :
I will be on a sabbatical leave and i am planning to live for a year in NYC with my wife and my two children (9 and 11 yo) with a salary of US$6,000/mo. Among many concerns such as housing, my primary concern is to get my kids to a public school. We really are expecting a low-middle living standard. Any opinions or experience will be very welcome.
#ve on Dec 18, 2014 :
what is a duplex? a 2 bd room goes for $688k. umesh, it's difficult to say if it is worth it. hard to say if i do not know your lifestyle in india. sometimes people live posh lives in india at a low cost. they get used to the good life and are not accustomed to the ghettos of ny. ive noticed alot of immigrants live quite well in their home countries. if you are living in the slums of india, then i would take the $4000 job, but if you are living like a brahmin, then i would say forget ny. for $4k, you would be on the lower end. that and you will have to deal with the racism and crime in ny. you may not believe it, but theres alot of racism in ny, despite being multicultural. you actually have italians hating indians... jews hating koreans, and so on. so you should be ready for it. theres alot of americans who really hate indians. i have heard of americans being very angry just because an indian picked up the call at a call center.
#Sammy on Nov 29, 2014 :
Hello guys, I'm Michael but my friends call me Sammy. Please I wanna relocate to NYC and probably buy a duplex. Can you guys please tell me how much a duplex cost in Brooklyn
#Fami Basumatary on Nov 27, 2014 :
I want to move to NYC, since I wanna join in NY film academy, I really wanna go there, I'm from India,I'm planing on earning for a year since I'm graduating next year and after earning for about a year I wanna go and live in NYC and take up acting classes, but I've heard alot about LA too, so please suggest me which place will be better for me to persue my career and also to live for a year and study in a film school. All these comments are getting me really worried, but I really wanna join a nice film school in US, will any part time job help me survive out there?
#Paul on Nov 22, 2014 :
If Toronto is that bad (and IT IS that bad) then what’s stopping you from making a move, leaving North America behind and getting over the ocean to Eastern Europe?;) It ain’t that hard and definitely doable. The women in Toronto are wh--res and nothing else.
#Jorge Elizondo on Oct 15, 2014 :
I want to move to NY, what's better NY or Austin, Texas?
#Sebastian on Oct 10, 2014 :
hello , i need some informations how do i can start in ny , i really dont know how much money do i have to spend at first place to live before i can get a job , Please write someone to me at my email or something : <-
##Hunter on Oct 02, 2014 :
I have never lived in a big city but i really want to go to New York. I want to move out with 3 of my best friends. We would be fine with sharing a Studio or a 1bedroom. How big are the Studios? Also is it easy to find a job?
Please Help me
thank you!
#umesh on Oct 01, 2014 :
Hi i have got a job offer for 4250 per month with the accomodation for family,Plus they are providing 7250 for resettlement .please suggest to accept it or not.i m a indian
#nikki on Sep 25, 2014 :
Hi everyone, I am a teacher I currently live in Texas. I am looking to move to New York Fall 2015 to pursue a job as a school counselor. I would like to live in a nice area, and I am willing to have a roommate....anyone moving to NYC?
#Charles on Sep 16, 2014 :
Hey I'm looking to move to NYC or somewhere close. I'm a hairstylist, one question would I survive???
#Anonymous on Sep 01, 2014 :
Yes, you can certainly afford to live in Manhattan if you continue to make $300,000 to $400,000 per year. You'll save money by living in Brooklyn instead but that borough is not as safe as Manhattan aka NYC proper or as easy to navigate. To be taken seriously in professional comedy in the USA, you'll need to either attend a top-notch improv school for several years REGARDLESS of how experienced or naturally funny you are AND/OR you must pound the pavement performing stand-up at least 3 nights a week for at least a year at major comedy clubs even if you have to do it for free on their open mic nights. Have a great time! Good fortune to you! (p.s. To work in comedy, be sure not to tie yourself down with a corporate job. Stay humble & flexible driving a cab, tutoring students, tending bar or generating passive income. As a performer, owning your own time will be far more valuable than having tons of money. Stay away from people who over-value glitz & fame. Stick with people who value truth, humor, intelligence & compassion.)
#haroiw on Aug 03, 2014 :
Hey you guys, I am thinking of moviving to New York also.
For the Comedy. I live currently in Holland and , Holland is considered one of the greatest richest countries in the world. But yeh.. the American Dream I guess.

I would love to live in New York and perform comedy from there and hopefully all around the world.

I make around : 400-500k $ a year. And I was wondering if that's enough to go life there in a nice appartement.
#Jonnie on Jul 29, 2014 :
OMG! it sounds really bad, i come from Kampala, Uganda and i have always dreamed of staying in NYC, but with what i have read about NYC so far, am fuckin freaked.....
#radu on Jul 15, 2014 :
most police detectives are taking some money under the table, therefore they can afford to live in nyc
#anon on Jul 11, 2014 :
do police detectives had enough salary to pay the cost of living in nyc?
#Meagan on Jul 03, 2014 :
I was thinking about moving to a town in New York like Sleepy Hollow or Tarrytown and I was wondering how much rent and or a house would be to buy. I was also wondering how much minimum wage is up there. I love the huge history in those places and I would love to live in a place with a huge legend like that.
#radu sadeanu on Jun 29, 2014 :
nyc. where every other person is a criminal. yes, there are apartments for 700-800. they are usually in basements of residential houses. the only thing that is really expensive in ny is the rent. a 99cent store is a 99 cent store, no matter in ny, or alabama. but ny's quality of living is lower. no gardens, flowers, trees, scenary,or any of that. however, you will be likely to get beat up for no reason.
#bobson on Feb 05, 2014 :
i was thinking about moving to newyork but it seems to ghetto i wanna go to a place were there is no ho's and slutts and bitches
#Akie on Jan 22, 2014 :
one word, two syllables.. CRAIGSLIST!
i stayed in manhattan for 2 years in university housing ($1000 monthly rent), but used craigslist to find an apt for my last summer ($550 monthly rent) in grandconcourse, bronx. 45 minute ride to my internship near penn station. for people who can live wit at least 1 roommate, and know how to save money on everything (groceries, clothes, clubs, dining, summer concerts) NY is quite livable! i'd love to return to NYC for holidays, think i caught de bug :)
#Anonymous on Dec 30, 2013 :
umm i was born in nyc my parents made the choice to move to westchester and drive into the city every day for work and i miss the city i'm going to living in the city when I'm older.
#kylah on Dec 19, 2013 :
This probably sounds really unrealistic but i want to move to NYC to go on Broadway I love theatre and I take ballet I've always wanted to live in NYC but I know it's super expensive living though so I'm worried
#Jarrod Dolan on Dec 04, 2013 :
iam moving into the city with my future wife sometime next year
#Jarrod Dolan on Dec 04, 2013 :
Iam Brendens friend, and he only likes chevys and i wrote that for him
#vaibhav on Dec 04, 2013 :
M recently studying in india nd want to come in NY hunting for a job in investment banking..
So please suggest me about NYC lifestyle and cost of living.
They are offering 70000$ a year
Plz help me
#anon on Dec 03, 2013 :
I'm 18, I graduate in 2014 of high school. I plan to move to NY right after graduation with my best friend. What do you think is the cost for a apartment in Queens or Brooklyn for just a studio or one bedroom. Does this sound realistic, me moving from LA to Ny at 18? or should I wait? I'm not all the way financially stable but, I can manage. need advice pls thnx x
#rainslvr on Nov 26, 2013 :
Guys..really great to read the comments abt living in NYC, after checking these all comments, the dream that I was holding for many years, awake and no more desire to come and live. I am very greatful to God and I am o.k where I am today. :).
#Monique on Nov 19, 2013 :
I haven't been on here in awhile so sorry for my ridiculously late response towards the people asking for my help.

Neighborhoods like Kew Gardens in Queens (which is nice, safe and very quiet so there's a large flight attendant population due to the proximity of the airport) have studios from $750 on up (think the average price is closer to $900). Kew Gardens is NOT close to Manhattan - it takes 30-45 minutes by train (30 if you've been blessed with a speedy train conductor with ZERO delays). My old roommates found their $600 A MONTH studio in Fresh Meadows, in a private home. Fresh Meadows (nice quiet neighborhood) is neither close to Manhattan (in Queens) nor is it train accessible - no train stop just buses (or a car if you drive).

To live close to Manhattan is to pay more unless you luck out and normally the luck is finding an apartment in a private home or someone who owns a small building and normally you find these on Craigslist (you seriously have to check this everyday at least twice a day and KNOW HOW TO SPOT FAKE/SCAM ROOMS AND APARTMENTS). where my old roommates found their $600 studio. Also busy areas in neighborhoods have fliers up with rooms/apartments for rent so that is helpful too. Another option is living in NJ. My boyfriend and I went to Mitsuwa last night (Japanese mall in Edgewater, NJ) and saw fliers for apartments from $1000 (1 bdrm) to $1700 (2 bdrm) in Ft. Lee. And the 2 bdrm was real nice with parking included (I think all the listings had parking included). My boyfriend's apt (which I pretty much live there now haha) is $1300 a month and it's a nice apartment, spacious with an intercom system (useful for keeping out Jehovah Witnesses because they will buzz every apartment several times and wait for 10 minutes before taking a hint) and street parking (he owns a car so street parking is FREE, just a little harder to find spots sometimes). Again, this is Queens (which is more family oriented) so the same apt in Manhattan (I don't know why everyone insists on being in Manhattan but oh well haha) is probably AT LEAST $2500, easily $3,000. The only people I know that have apartments in Manhattan are there because their company pays their rent (2 friends from Japan live in Midtown where apts are at least $2500). Everyone else who wants to be close to the city without paying the high rent and pay less in sales taxes (checked our receipts from Jeresy, 7% - NY? 8.875%. Gas is cheaper too in Jersey)? Jersey!! Or you can try your hand at the Bronx which is cheap but not the greatest (some parts are nice) nor safest.
The complaints about having to pay for parking, rude people everywhere, over crowded that's MANHATTAN! Yes, there are parts in Queens that will drive you crazy too (aha Main St Flushing anyone?? Queens China/Koreatown where traffic is horrible, sidewalks are extremely congested near the train station and people *groups* will cross the street on green, not caring about street lights). But people are nicer and the neighborhoods are quieter with FAR LESS RATS and it's cheaper overall (from apartments to grocery shopping - Gristedes in Upper East was charging $6.69 for an item I can get at Target in Flushing for $4.50). There are cheaper alternatives IN the city like Jack's 99 cent store and discount clothing stores like Century 21. Even places like Old Navy have discounts on TOP of sale items. Hell you can buy lunch in Manhattan for less than 3 bucks - the experience known as the dollar pizza - 2 slices of cheese with a canned drink (like Sprite) $'s just not healthy haha. But beware - these places are crowded. For healthier options that cost a bit more, but still affordable and in the city? Trader Joe's (crowded too but not so bad in the morning or an hour before they close).

Also to the guy who claims if you drink don't move to NYC??? Hahaha about this, if you constantly drink in Manhattan, or want to do all your nightlife experiences consider going BROKE sooner than you expect unless you know the really affordable spots to go to, but even still NYC has way more to offer than just bars and if you don't find anything else to do other than getting drunk at a bar I feel bad for ya...I really do. And this is coming from someone who doesn't drink. Some people may not know this but NYC has free events that take place every weekend (sometimes weekdays too) throughout ALL the boroughs (not JUST Manhattan). Events like art shows, concerts, festivals, comedy shows and more.

Oh also to those looking at Brooklyn - downtown Brooklyn is pretty much similar to Manhattan as far as rent goes, especially in Williamsburg.

As far as utilities go, depends on how much you use of course. But $300 dollars for electricity? I guess if you had the a/c or heat going everyday for hours...sheesh. I would invest in a good fan in the summer as well as good insulation for different seasons, and use a space heater (when needed since these can increase your bill too - we have 2, one in the living room and 1 in the bedroom, on top of using an electric blanket so it's not bad) during the winter. And if you have a tablet/computer I would ditch the cable and get Netflix for $7 a month if you can (I'm sure you've been told that before haha).
#Nix on Nov 08, 2013 :
I'm so glad I've found this page. I am from upstate NY and moved to NYC in 2008. When I first got here I had a roommate and our rent was dirt cheap....BUT NOW it's a pure nightmare. NYC is FILLED with slum-lords who
do not want to be bothered with anything at all. To live in someone's BASEMENT starts at 1000 a month ((and that's just in brooklyn)). It's too expensive to start a family here , not to mention there is no space for a family! I currently make less than half the salary you all above were mentioning so imagine what it's like for me. I make about 48,000yr and in NYC that's a joke. I might as well be flipping burgers (no offense to those who are).
#Simon on Nov 02, 2013 :
If you don't drink don't bother coming to New York. It's all about the nightlife (eating out, but mostly DRINKING). People here work their ass off, and after DRINKING is basically the only option. There are at least 5 bars per city block, some neighborhoods it's just one bar after another. There is no social life outside of those establishments. It's pretty impossible to make friends in the city except with your compatriots who are as lonely as you are. Come here and you will be a bar expert, to find one for yourself on your budget. Just don't walk in and order a drink, you might be unpleasantly surprised with 15 bucks per drink.
Don't even think of getting a nice apartment for under $2500. And another nightmare is getting approved for one even if you do have the money. I could write a short novel full of horrors, but you can just do a search on the web on this subject. There are some companies that will be a guarantors for a foreigner, but they will charge you a month fee, plus another month for a broker, plus 2 month security and you already have a price tag of 10k minimum to get an apartment
#Anonymous on Oct 30, 2013 :
i'm planning to go to NY to work with my wife and 5 year old kid.

How much do I negotiate for as salary to earn my living, afford his education and also at least save 2k USD/month

currently am being offered 100k
#Gabriel on Oct 18, 2013 :
Andy is there another opening making 125K?! I can't even imagine making half of that even though I am a fully capable young guy just eager at the opportunity to live in the city of my dreams and reunite from my childhood where we had to leave but now I have the choice to move back If work is available.(run on sentance I know) Anyone know of any possible leads please don't hesitate to email me at
##simplyt on Oct 18, 2013 :
omg you guys. NYC sounds WAAAY cheap. I live in Sydney (which ranks as more expensive than New York).
I earn pittance for salary.
Rent (1br) minimum $1800
Groeries $60-70 with bare basics
Eating out - never do it, for a decent restaurant around $40-50pp minimum
Public transport - $3.60 one way ticket
$44 week pass
Movie tickets: $20pp

Consider yourself VERY lucky to live in place where even if the rent is expensive, cost of living is considerable cheaper!
#Dave on Oct 04, 2013 :
I moved to NYC 2 years ago and am loving it. It is ridiculously expensive though. The trick to making it here is only renting what you can afford.

There is a rule they use here in the city: your annual salary must be greater than 40x your monthly rent. That means if you want to live in an apartment that costs $2000/mo, you must make $80,000 a year. *No exceptions.* Everyone who moves here that thinks they can be creative with their budget and scrape by with less, within a year, either end up leaving, or going broke. So stick to the rule: 40x your monthly rent, and you'll make it.

If you can't afford any livable apartments using the 40x rule (which is very likely), you can share an apartment with a roommate to cut the costs. Beware though, only go this route if you can handle roommates.
#lex on Sep 13, 2013 :
hi i am 27 years old hope to move new york city in one year with my best friend what is it realy like there?
#izzy on Sep 12, 2013 :
is it really that bad living in nyc???? / do u need a ceratin type pf personality???
#Anonymous on Sep 11, 2013 :
Prices in the US include utilities and taxes which are very high. In NYC it could be easily a third of the rent, so rent prices are actually lower compared to other countries.
#Natalia on Sep 04, 2013 :
Hey! I'm thinking of going to New York next year spend some months learning english at the New York Language Center in Manhattan. Could someone tell me aproximately how much money I need to live in NYC every month? I mean, I pretend to share a place with some person, paying the basic stuff (electricity, water, internet...). Also need a recommendation of a neighborhood to live. Not too far from the center of the city neither too close, some thing in the middle (otherwise I imagine the price will gonna be very expensive) but in a safe place. Thanks!
#Harley on Sep 03, 2013 :
I was living in uptown Manhattan NY for 7 years and finally left on March 28 2013. I had a job as a financial consultant making $72,000 a year. My rent was $2500+ bills ($300), clothing, going out probably about $700/month. Iam telling you all as a recommendation !!!!!DO NOT MOVE TO NEW YORK!!!! You will REGRET you did. Why? here is why:
1-Super Expensive
2-You can't really own a car, unless you want to pay $25 of parking each day.
3-Horrible weather, when its cold its cold!!!!
4-Way Over crowded
5-No Peace and Quietness, Not even when you go to sleep.
6-Dangerous....Thugs, homeless people, dishonest policemen, rude people everywhere (not all), grumpy people on coffee.
7-Old buildings, dirty city.
8-Competitive job market.
9-Not family friendly
10-The Most Important one
"EVERYONE IS ALL ABOUT THEMSELVES AND ARE TRYING TO GET TO THE TOP" !!!!NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU!!!!!...This is New York and I will never go back to live in that city or to visit for that matter. I have been so many countries in the world (120 countries) and there is way better places to live than that piece of shit town city called New York. I now live in Malibu CA (Los Angeles) and my life couldn't be any better. I tried to like New York while I was there but every time something kept proving itself that it is just not a good place to waste your life in. If you would like to visit the Big Apple as a tourist by all means go for it, but to go live there.......well, you will end up writing a comment on a website like this one warning others why not to move there. Peace to everyone and I hope you take this seriously.
#Fabian on Aug 26, 2013 :
Anna, i respect your comment,i live in NYC myself ,60-70k a year,couldn't ask for more(self-paid my school),i live in Manhattan,behind Financial District &help my mom and dad back home in Romania too( a gal of gas 8$ ,pack of cig 6$ ,gal of milk 5$) .my mom makes about 550$ , if you were born in paradise i'm sure is hard,for me NYC is perfect, this city has a vibe ,has life,this city defines and brings opportunity,No pain , no gain:)
#Bruce Meyers on Aug 26, 2013 :
Looking for a single male roommate for my apartment in the upper east side,Bruce
#Andy on Aug 19, 2013 :
I am hoping to move to NYC..Ive been ofered a salary of $125,000.I am hoping that should be enough to survive:)
#Jake on Aug 13, 2013 :
Guys. Were making here 130K- 150K a year on it's not that expensive
#Um on Jul 31, 2013 :
I'm amazed by all these questions when the answers are provided in the graphs. Definitely won't survive in the city.
#selena7 on Jul 21, 2013 :
hey guys!!i m greek and i d love living in nyc for a while,but everything s more expensive than i m used to :( could anyone inform me ,what s a median salary vin nyc?
#Joshua Harris on Jul 10, 2013 :
If you're looking to lower the cost of living in NYC you can put in pressurized walls to create an extra bedroom for another roommate. A buddy of mine actually runs one a company in manhattan that does that and if your looking at cutting rent it's definitely worth the investment. Check out his website at
#Michelle on Jul 04, 2013 :
I live in perth Western Australia, New York prices are cheap in comparsion, A very average rental far away from the city is around $2000 a month, public transport costs around $12 a day, A taxi ride for 30 mins will set you back $70, Movie tickets $20, a wine at a pub $10.00. A bottle of water $3.50 and the median income is roughly the same maybe slightly higher here.
#Sulakshana on Jun 01, 2013 :
I am an Indian going for a vacation to NYC in december. How much money should i carry? I will be staying with a friend. Also, when are the sales on?
#Anonymous on May 31, 2013 :
The way people are living is that families are doubling up and tripling up in Apartments and so the streets are dirty and crowded except for below 96st.
#MICKEY on May 08, 2013 :
Hey guys,In Ghana and I'm leaving for NYC this July, 13 and looking for a room apartment to rent with the price ranging $600 - $1000 monthly.
Thank you
#Max on May 05, 2013 :
I just moved into NYC. I pay 2500 a month for a studio and consider myself lucky. The cost of food here is way more than in outer boroughs. Internet helps a lot as there are sites like FreshDirect where one can purchase food and groceries. Unless you make at least 100K a year I think it is going to be really tough living in NYC especially if you like to go out.
#vitaly nyc on May 02, 2013 :
1br in brooklyn about 1100$ The main problems in Nyc are dirty streets, rude people, cold winter, destroyed roads, expensive car's insuranse.
#Lesego on Apr 11, 2013 :
i would love to come and work in New York some time....i live all the way in South Africa, im a University Student
#alvin anderson on Apr 07, 2013 :
Nyc is great city and i am thinking to come to here.
The things here can be easily afforded by me. I just need to make a little more money.