Cost of living comparison

compared to

Italy is 20.9% cheaper than Brussels.

If you lived in Italy instead of Brussels, you would:

pay 22.9% less for restaurants

 
Brussels
Italy
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $15.78
€13.84
$14.35
€12.58
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$9.47
€8.30
$8.28
€7.26
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $2.56
€2.24
$2.18
€1.92

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pay 4.6% less for groceries

 
Brussels
Italy
Bread
1 loaf
$1.81
€1.59
$1.63
€1.43
Local cheese (8 oz) $5.85
€5.13
$6.40
€5.61
Milk (1 gallon) $4.01
€3.52
$4.35
€3.81

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pay 11.8% less for transportation

 
Brussels
Italy
Gasoline (1 gallon) $7.38
€6.47
$8.47
€7.43
Monthly public transit pass $52.60
€46.12
$36.88
€32.34
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $26,298.13
€23,060.85
$23,486.94
€20,595.73

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pay 36.7% less for housing

 
Brussels
Italy
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$52.10
€45.69
$29.40
€25.78
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $972.34
€852.65
$560.05
€491.11
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $798.94
€700.59
$428.17
€375.46

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pay 55.0% less for childcare

 
Brussels
Italy
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $874.41
€766.77
$431.71
€378.57
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $23,515.03
€20,620.36
$9,518.89
€8,347.12

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pay 14.8% less for entertainment and sports

 
Brussels
Italy
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $5.05
€4.43
$4.48
€3.93
Cappuccino in mid-range area $3.31
€2.91
$1.48
€1.30
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$7.57
€6.64
$5.97
€5.24

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pay 0.5% less for clothing

 
Brussels
Italy
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$72.32
€63.42
$72.84
€63.88
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$30.50
€26.75
$34.55
€30.29
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$88.78
€77.85
$82.76
€72.58

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