Visualizing the Rent & Cost of Living in 130 Major U.S. Cities


The following scatterplot shows the rent index and cost of living index for 130 major U.S. cities. Each circle represents a city. New York is used as the baseline city with a rent and cost of living index of 100, to which all other cities are compared.

For example, San Francisco has a rent index of 113 and cost of living index of 99, indicating that it has higher average rent prices, but a slightly lower average cost of living than New York. Hover over individual circles for additional information.


Data for this visual comes from The 2018 Numbeo Cost of Living Index.