Cost of Living Comparison

CAD
COMPARED TO
USD

United States is 14.5% more expensive than Canada.

If you lived in United States instead of Canada, you would:
local_dining

pay 9.0% more for restaurants

  Canada help_outline United States help_outline  
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $12.74
CA$16.21
$14.02 +10.1%
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$7.77
CA$9.89
$7.68 -1.2%
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $1.66
CA$2.11
$1.89 +14.3%
Bottle of water (11 fl. oz) $1.35
CA$1.72
$1.53 +12.9%
Average +9.0%

Canada vs. United States - Cost of restaurants
local_grocery_store

pay 15.1% more for groceries

  Canada help_outline United States help_outline  
Bread
1 loaf
$2.18
CA$2.78
$2.69 +23.4%
Local cheese (8 oz) $4.83
CA$6.14
$5.53 +14.5%
Milk (1 gallon) $7.06
CA$8.98
$3.20 -54.6%
Eggs
1 dozen
$2.65
CA$3.37
$2.34 -11.6%
Boneless chicken breast (1 lb) $4.56
CA$5.81
$4.12 -9.8%
Apples (1 lb) $1.49
CA$1.90
$2.11 +41.2%
Bananas (1 lb) $0.64
CA$0.81
$0.77 +19.6%
Oranges (1 lb) $1.43
CA$1.82
$1.93 +34.8%
Tomatoes (1 lb) $1.45
CA$1.85
$1.97 +35.8%
Potatoes (1 lb) $1.01
CA$1.28
$1.30 +28.5%
Onions (1 lb) $0.89
CA$1.14
$1.29 +43.9%
Average +15.1%

Canada vs. United States - Cost of groceries
drive_eta

pay 1.6% more for transportation

  Canada help_outline United States help_outline  
Gasoline (1 gallon) $3.20
CA$4.07
$2.62 -18.2%
Monthly public transit pass $62.45
CA$79.46
$63.87 +2.3%
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $19,876.63
CA$25,292.22
$23,180.29 +16.6%
Taxi trip in downtown area (5 miles) $16.41
CA$20.88
$17.33 +5.6%
Average +1.6%

Canada vs. United States - Cost of transportation
home

pay 29.0% more for housing

  Canada help_outline United States help_outline  
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$60.10
CA$76.47
$67.35 +12.1%
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $887.68
CA$1,129.54
$1,222.86 +37.8%
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $768.61
CA$978.03
$1,029.07 +33.9%
Utilities for two (700 sq ft apartment)
including electric, gas, water, heating
$96.49
CA$122.77
$127.79 +32.4%
Average +29.0%

Canada vs. United States - Cost of housing
child_care

pay 45.1% more for childcare

  Canada help_outline United States help_outline  
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $691.09
CA$879.38
$886.13 +28.2%
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $9,377.56
CA$11,932.57
$15,193.33 +62.0%
Average +45.1%

Canada vs. United States - Cost of childcare
gamepad

pay 2.9% more for entertainment and sports

  Canada help_outline United States help_outline  
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $4.72
CA$6.00
$4.50 -4.7%
Cappuccino in mid-range area $3.11
CA$3.96
$4.17 +34.2%
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$10.89
CA$13.85
$7.76 -28.7%
Monthly membership at local gym $40.05
CA$50.96
$39.15 -2.2%
Movie ticket to theater/cinema $9.93
CA$12.63
$11.52 +16.1%
Average +2.9%

Canada vs. United States - Cost of entertainment and sports
store

pay 1.1% less for clothing

  Canada help_outline United States help_outline  
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$46.55
CA$59.24
$43.40 -6.8%
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$34.74
CA$44.21
$36.02 +3.7%
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$75.50
CA$96.07
$75.12 -0.5%
Men's business shoes (leather) $96.07
CA$122.25
$95.18 -0.9%
Average -1.1%

Canada vs. United States - Cost of clothing
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