Cost of Living


The Cordell Hull Foundation offers cost of living estimates to new foreign teachers for the individual region of the US where they plan to work on J-1 exchange teacher visas.
There are many websites offering detailed costs, including https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/index/north-america – double click on the name of the city for detailed living costs – and https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/
The indices in the chart below are relative to New York City (NYC). For New York City, each index is 100(%). If another city has, for example, a rent index of 120, it means that on an average in that city rents are 20% more expensive than in NYC. If a city has rent index of 70, on an average in that city rents are 30% less expensive than in New York City.

For a clearer layout in table format of the indices, go to the site: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/
Cost of Living Index (Excl. Rent) is a relative indicator of consumer goods prices, including groceries, restaurants, transportation and utilities. If a city has a Cost of Living Index of 120, it means Numbeo estimates it is 20% more expensive than New York (excluding rent).
Rent Index is an estimation of prices of renting apartments compared to NYC. If Rent index is 80, Numbeo estimates price of rents in that city is on an average of 20% less than rent price in New York City.
Groceries Index (Food) is an estimation of grocery prices compared to NYC.
Restaurants Index is a comparison of prices of meals and drinks in restaurants and bars compared to NYC.
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index is an estimation of consumer goods prices including rent comparing to New York City.
Local Purchasing Power shows relative purchasing power in buying goods and services in a given city for the average wage in that city. If domestic purchasing power is 40, this means that the inhabitants of that city with the average salary can afford to buy on an average 60% less goods and services than New York City residents with an average salary.
Indexes:
Rank / City* / Living / Rent / Living+Rent / Food / Restaurant / Buying Power
1 New York, NY   100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00
2 Honolulu, HI      95.67 61.58 79.30 106.64 85.75        101.03
3 Washington, DC 91.99 70.51 81.68 98.45 86.55          126.08
4 San Francisco     91.67 106.05 98.58 94.22 92.11        134.05
5 Brooklyn, NY      90.29 79.99 85.34 87.17 94.34            87.19
6 Oakland, CA        84.24 75.55 80.07 84.69 81.94          134.28
7 Seattle, WA         84.16 63.68 74.32 82.69 80.09           139.20
8 Boston, MA         82.68 72.59 77.84 82.76 81.94           121.89
9 Toronto               80.68 47.90 64.94 81.30 76.09             87.38
10 Miami, FL         80.45 55.81 68.62 79.43 83.45             86.92
11 Philadelphia    80.19 45.39 63.48 80.37 75.08            118.48
12 Albany, NY       78.50 31.09 55.73 77.74 78.72           105.65
13 Los Angeles      78.20 69.26 73.90 74.05 85.12          113.47
14 Sacramento      77.76 44.54 61.81 74.60 74.62          131.20
15 Chicago, IL        77.75 51.61 65.20 73.90 78.96          133.36
16 San Jose, CA      76.36 77.15 76.74 71.81 82.33          172.52
17 Bellingham       75.70 34.84 56.08 78.11 71.24          107.33
18 Charlotte, NC    75.63 40.78 58.90 73.04 76.21          145.53
19 Minneapolis     75.33 46.24 61.36 71.06 77.44          125.90
20 Baltimore, MD 75.24 39.95 58.30 73.03 77.31          125.36
21 Rochester, NY  75.01 30.40 53.59 80.12 71.84            82.22
22 Portland, OR    74.93 48.76 62.36 72.12 72.44          123.51
23 Pittsburgh, PA 74.79 36.44 56.37 71.15 70.18          109.13
24 San Diego, CA  72.67 60.65 66.90 66.20 79.01          136.48
26 Atlanta, GA      72.26 46.18 59.74 68.38 72.08          145.47
27 Buffalo, NY      71.07 28.28 50.52 63.90 78.68          109.47
28 Denver, CO      70.72 51.64 61.56 66.83 76.76          126.76
29 Tampa, FL        70.46 38.84 55.28 70.98 72.07          123.80
30 Asheville, NC   70.44 37.76 54.74 71.94 68.24            98.34
31 Cleveland, OH 70.36 28.39 50.21 64.56 71.54          110.12
32 Milwaukee      70.22 34.74 53.18 66.63 76.10           102.27
33 Raleigh, NC      70.06 35.66 53.54 75.28 65.32          160.35
34 Austin, TX        69.94 49.83 60.29 67.32 75.48          143.76
35 Orlando, FL     69.38 39.35 54.96 68.91 69.62          115.68
38 Kansas City      68.81 29.81 50.08 63.11 74.51          135.13
39 Fresno, CA        68.54 30.57 50.31 59.36 93.38          101.93
41 Tucson, AZ        67.99 23.87 46.80 57.34 68.03          115.99
47 Indianapolis     67.05 31.91 50.18 63.51 71.07           116.83
49 Dallas, TX          66.95 43.46 55.67 62.43 71.92          158.15
53 Phoenix, AZ      65.88 34.65 50.88 62.10 68.95          143.14
54 Columbus, OH  65.79 34.86 50.94 59.70 65.31          127.33
63 Albuquerque    64.20 27.13 46.40 64.70 64.83           122.06
66 Cincinnati, OH 63.48 31.27 48.01 61.53 59.85           126.99
67 Madison, WI     63.48 35.90 50.23 58.55 64.97           136.40
68 Salt Lake City    63.38 35.82 50.14 59.97 64.55           144.68
69 Detroit, MI         60.04 33.78 47.43 56.44 56.66           100.19

*some cities were removed where CHF does not sponsor teachers.