Cost of Living in New York City
Accommodation The price of a 3 bedroom apartment in New York City varies according to location but in Manhattan the average price for a three bedroom condominium currently according to is $3,050,000. If you want to rent a 3 bedroom in Manhattan you can expect to pay $10,000 upwards per month.
  • You can expect to pay $200 upwards for water and gas every month.
  • Electricity: you can expect to pay $100 upwards per month.
Basic Food Prices These prices usually vary with where you choose to buy your groceries.

  • Half a gallon of 2% milk in New York City costs $2.49, the price tends to vary depending on the type of milk you buy with quarts (946 ml) being generally more expensive ($1.29 ) and gallons being cheaper at $3.99.
  • The price of butter also varies with the type of butter you buy with light versions generally being more expensive than normal butter which is normally priced at $4.99 for 453 grams.
  • Eggs: If you want organic or cage free eggs you should be prepared to pay more than what you would pay for an ordinary carton of 12 eggs which is currently priced at $3.99.
  • Cereals which are a popular breakfast food in New York City and elsehwere in the USA also average around $4-$5 a carton which generally contains 450 grams of cereal.
  • A normal grocery store in New York City often carries various different brands of packaged breads a loaf of whole wheat bread is generally priced at around $3.39 while a loaf of white bread is priced at $2.99 a loaf.
  • The price of rice also varies with the type of rice you buy but currently a 450gram packet of Carolina, Extra Long grain rice costs $1.39 in New York City.
  • A 5 pound bag of Idaho potatoes currently costs $3.99 A bottle of Nescafe Instant Coffee(226G) is priced at $9.59.
  • Apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables are generally sold by weight and their prices vary seasonally.
Taxi Rides Price of an average taxi ride generally ranges from $2.50 upwards depending on distance traveled and traffic conditions.
Metro Card or Travel Card A one month unlimited Metro Card or city transport card is currently priced at $89 (July 2009 prices)
Fuel One gallon of ordinary fuel in New York city is currently priced at $2.67. (August 2009 prices)
Movie Tickets
A movie ticket for an adult in New York City is currently $12.50.
Opera Ballet Tickets Opera/ Ballet Ticket – tickets for the New York City Ballet are usually priced around $90 per ticket but there a number of deals and discounts available to members of various organizations.
Gym Memberships Most Gyms in New York City charge an initiation fee which can range from $100-$200. Once that is paid a monthly membership usually costs around $100 a month.
School Fees Public shools provide free education in New York City while private and international schools generally charge $2000 to $3500 a month.
Housekeeping Housekeepers generally charge between $13 to $20 an hour as do babysitters.
Cable TV You can expect to pay $39.99 for a basic cable TV package a month without premium channels. This amount doesn’t include taxes.
Home Internet: If you opt for cable high speed broad band internet service you can expect to pay from $33 upwards a month (not including taxes). Though there are rumours that service providers may soon start charging according to a user’s consumption according to recent reports.
Cell Phones Cell Phone charges depend on the plan. If you opt for a familt plan then you can expect to pay around $100 upwards per month. This amount does not include data charges. If you use an iPhone or a Blackberry you can expect to pay around $30 per month for data charges not inclusive of tax.
Dry Cleaning The charges for drycleaning a shirt in New York City are $2. This amount refers to shirts which are dry cleaned and returned on hangers.