Online Cost-of-Living Calculators

Are you thinking about relocating? If so, then you’re probably interested in knowing how the cost-of-living compares between your current location and your destination. Below I’ve listed a collection of online cost-of-living calculators for making just this sort of comparison between various U.S. locales.

Just hop on over to one of these sites, enter your income, and select your current location/destination. Within seconds you’ll have an estimate of the amount of money that you’d need to make in the new location to maintain your current standard of living. – The Salary Calculator
CNN/Money – Cost of Living Calculator – Cost of Living Comparison Calculator – Cost of Living Wizard

The first three of these sites even break the results down into categories (e.g., groceries, housing, utilities, and more). Bankrate seems to give the most detailed breakdown, whereas Homefair appears to have the best coverage in terms of cities per state. Based on my brief perusal, there’s a bit of site-to-site variation in the calculations, so it’s probably a good idea to use more than one calculator to get a sense of the true difference in cost-of-living.

5 Responses to “Online Cost-of-Living Calculators”

  1. Anonymous

    Living in New York City, I have to disagree with those cost of living calculators. They assume that you live the exact same way in one city vs. another. According to those calculators, I should be barely getting by on a salary that allows me to save a lot!

    Yeah, I pay a little more in rent than I might if I was living in a city with a lower ‘cost of living’- But how much money do I save not needing to own a car? Car payment (though not if you pay with cash), insurance, repairs, gas- especially lately!

    I admit that NYC can get expensive if you have a family, and that 2- and 3- bedrooms that are affordable are hard to find. But for a single person? My monthly expenses are probably less than most.

  2. Anonymous

    Man, there’s so much information available for free on the Internet. How did we get anything done twenty or even ten years ago?

    Your point about checking other sites is a good one — not all Internet sites are created equal.

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