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How Much It Costs to Live in Denver Right Now

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Transportation

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new: $22,056
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas: $0.57
Monthly ticket public transport: $106
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km (5 miles): $12

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Personal Care

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex or equivalent brands): $5.29
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses): $25
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes): $95
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...): $5.42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml/1.5 oz.): $2.81
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml/12 oz.): $4.72
4 rolls of toilet paper: $2.96
Tube of toothpaste: $1.86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city: $20

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Entertainment

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub: $42
2 tickets to the movies: $24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats): $213
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetizers, main course, wine and dessert: $80
1 cocktail drink in downtown club: $11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city: $4.47
1 beer in neighborhood pub (500ml or 1pt.): $5.44
iPod nano 16GB: $145
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans): $0.20
1 month of gym membership in business district: $71
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes: $6

Expatistan Cost of Living Index in North America

1st: New York City (United States) — Price index* 282
2nd: San Francisco, California (United States)  — Price index* 272
3rd: Washington D.C. (United States) — Price index* 261
4th: Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) — Price index* 240
5th: San Jose, California (United States) — Price index* 233
6th: Boston, Massachusetts (United States) — Price index* 225
7th: Los Angeles, California (United States) — Price index* 220
8th: Oakland, California (United States) — Price index* 214
9th: Seattle, Washington (United States) — Price index* 214
10th: San Diego, California (United States) — Price index* 209
11th: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) — Price index* 208
12th: Chicago, Illinois (United States) — Price index* 208
13th: Miami, Florida (United States) — Price index* 206
14th: Sacramento, California (United States) — Price index* 203
15th: Portland, Oregon (United States) — Price index* 199
16th: Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) — Price index* 199
17th: Denver, Colorado (United States) — Price index* 198
18th: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) — Price index* 187
19th: Providence, Rhode Island (United States) — Price index* 186
20th: Toronto (Canada) — Price index* 185

*Price Index:

To calculate each cities' Cost of Living Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.

Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34 percent more expensive than living in Prague.

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