Cost of Living Comparison

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COMPARED TO
USD

Brussels is 20.2% cheaper than Washington.

If you lived in Washington instead of Brussels, you would:
local_dining

pay 9.7% less for restaurants

  Brussels help_outline Washington help_outline  
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $16.79
€14.72
$16.00 -4.7%
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$8.95
€7.85
$8.00 -10.7%
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $2.46
€2.16
$1.89 -23.1%
Bottle of water (11 fl. oz) $2.32
€2.03
$1.66 -28.3%

Brussels vs. Washington - Cost of restaurants
local_grocery_store

pay 47.1% more for groceries

  Brussels help_outline Washington help_outline  
Bread
1 loaf
$1.98
€1.74
$3.51 +77.2%
Local cheese (8 oz) $7.61
€6.67
$5.59 -26.5%
Milk (1 gallon) $4.50
€3.95
$3.41 -24.2%
Eggs
1 dozen
$3.12
€2.74
$2.97 -4.8%
Boneless chicken breast (1 lb) $4.72
€4.14
$5.86 +24.3%
Apples (1 lb) $1.13
€0.99
$2.87 +154.7%
Bananas (1 lb) $0.85
€0.75
$0.81 -5.1%
Oranges (1 lb) $1.17
€1.03
$2.89 +146.2%
Tomatoes (1 lb) $1.14
€1.00
$3.09 +171.3%
Potatoes (1 lb) $0.74
€0.65
$1.55 +107.9%
Onions (1 lb) $0.72
€0.63
$1.72 +139.7%

Brussels vs. Washington - Cost of groceries
drive_eta

pay 4.7% less for transportation

  Brussels help_outline Washington help_outline  
Gasoline (1 gallon) $6.25
€5.48
$2.94 -52.9%
Monthly public transit pass $54.85
€48.10
$100.00 +82.3%
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $22,610.76
€19,827.40
$21,500.00 -4.9%
Taxi trip in downtown area (5 miles) $20.82
€18.26
$15.08 -27.6%

Brussels vs. Washington - Cost of transportation
home

pay 2.2 times more for housing

  Brussels help_outline Washington help_outline  
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$49.47
€43.38
$68.05 +37.6%
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $912.39
€800.07
$2,253.90 +147.0%
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $772.09
€677.05
$1,721.48 +123.0%
Utilities for two (700 sq ft apartment)
including electric, gas, water, heating
$109.24
€95.79
$91.72 -16.0%

Brussels vs. Washington - Cost of housing
child_care

pay 50.1% more for childcare

  Brussels help_outline Washington help_outline  
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $704.29
€617.59
$1,517.58 +115.5%
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $19,849.71
€17,406.23
$29,333.33 +47.8%

Brussels vs. Washington - Cost of childcare
gamepad

pay 72.5% more for entertainment and sports

  Brussels help_outline Washington help_outline  
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $3.92
€3.44
$6.00 +53.2%
Cappuccino in mid-range area $3.39
€2.97
$4.17 +23.1%
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$7.33
€6.43
$8.90 +21.4%
Monthly membership at local gym $29.47
€25.84
$64.27 +118.1%
Movie ticket to theater/cinema $12.31
€10.80
$14.00 +13.7%

Brussels vs. Washington - Cost of entertainment and sports
store

pay 19.6% less for clothing

  Brussels help_outline Washington help_outline  
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$90.76
€79.59
$52.27 -42.4%
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$39.91
€34.99
$36.09 -9.6%
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$85.41
€74.90
$80.34 -5.9%
Men's business shoes (leather) $131.95
€115.71
$110.96 -15.9%

Brussels vs. Washington - Cost of clothing
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