Cost of Living

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Although the cost of living in Washington DC is less expensive than NYC or Boston, it is considered among the highest in the country. However, there are many free cultural activities that really add to the quality of life once you can afford the rent. There is always something free and interesting to do in the nation’s capital.




 

Washington DC

The cost of living in Washington DC is among the highest in the United States. However, there are many free cultural activities that really add to the quality of life once you can afford the rent. In Washington DC, there is always something free and interesting to do.

If you are a young professional with an annual salary of $60,000, do not panic. If you budget well, you can still live in the city. However, you will have to get rid of your car, use public transportation, and get a roommate. You could also get a studio apartment or live in a group house. To qualify for an apartment you have to earn 2.5 to 3 times the market rent. If you don’t earn the required amount, you will need a co-signer to back up your income.

Once you move to Washington DC, the temptation to go out frequently can be strong. Keep in mind that it is not difficult to drop hundreds of dollars per week on food, restaurants, bars, coffee, etc. So plan wisely by leaving yourself some room for additional expenses.




Cost of Groceries

Groceries Price AUD 

Milk
$5.99 8.5

Butter, 8 oz tub
$2.69 3.81

Yogurt, 6 oz cup
$0.89 1.26

Eggs, 1 dozen
$1.99 2.82

Cream Cheese, 8 oz bar
$2.50 3.55

Bread
$2.99 4.24

Cereal, 18 oz box
$3.69 5.23

Orange, 1 each
$1.00 1.42

Banana, 1 each
$0.49 0.69

Apple, 1 each
$0.99 1.4

Tomato, 1 each
$1.00 1.42

Russet Potato, 1 each
$0.99 1.4

Coca-Cola Classic, 24 pk
$8.99 12.76

Water (Deer Park), 24 pk
$3.99 5.66

Cost of Health & Beauty

Items Price AUD 

Colgate Toothpaste, 6 oz pkg
$2.99 4.24

Body Bar Soap (Dove), 2 pk
$3.69 5.23

2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner
$5.99 8.5

Gillette for Women Venus Razors
$5.99 8.5

Gillette Mach3 Razor
$8.99 12.76

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