How much does it cost to live in USA

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I'am just curious how much does it cost to live in USA, lets say new york.

so what are the budget requirements per day to live in new york when you're an alien of other country just going their to visit and living for like 2 months?

I'am not talking about living in 7 star hotels but a decent class living which every common citizen live.

thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomM
    Tough question. It will naturally cost you more to live in NY then it does me. One reason is I've lived here for almost my entire life. I know where and how to shop, etc.
    If your talking about NYC then it will be pricey no matter how you approach it. You may find a dump apartment for a couple thousand a month. If your talking about the state then you can do it for less if you avoid the tourist traps. Around here (the Capital District or Hudson Valley) you can find a nice apartment for around 600 a month. But NYS also has the highest taxes in the country along with California and NYC has even higher taxes then the state.
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    I'm not sure NYC is the best example to use, as it's probably the most expensive city in the US to visit. On the other hand, if you don't gamble, Las Vegas is probably the least expensive major city.

    Short term rentals/hotels will cost more than renting with a 6-12 month lease. Eating out will cost more than cooking at home.

    In Las Vegas, you can get a decent weekly furnished "budget suite" with a very small living room, bed room and kitchen for about $200. A similar weekly "extended stay suite" in most other cities will be $100 higher per week, or more.

    Just remember, usually the less you pay for a place to stay, the more likely you are to live in a higher crime area.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      I'm not sure NYC is the best example to use, as it's probably the most expensive city in the US to visit. On the other hand, if you don't gamble, Las Vegas is probably the least expensive major city.

      Short term rentals/hotels will cost more than renting with a 6-12 month lease. Eating out will cost more than cooking at home.

      In Las Vegas, you can get a decent weekly furnished "budget suite" with a very small living room, bed room and kitchen for about $200. A similar weekly "extended stay suite" in most other cities will be $100 higher per week, or more.

      Just remember, usually the less you pay for a place to stay, the more likely you are to live in a higher crime area.
      That's pretty much the whole state
      I've never been out west, but have traveled up and down the east coast many times, even lived in Fl. for a few years.
      One thing I noticed (and I'm sure it's probably true out west) if you stay away from the tourist traps and try to live as a local it's a lot cheaper. I can see where Vegas could be the exception though.
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    • Profile picture of the author twister85
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      I'm not sure NYC is the best example to use, as it's probably the most expensive city in the US to visit. On the other hand, if you don't gamble, Las Vegas is probably the least expensive major city.

      Short term rentals/hotels will cost more than renting with a 6-12 month lease. Eating out will cost more than cooking at home.

      In Las Vegas, you can get a decent weekly furnished "budget suite" with a very small living room, bed room and kitchen for about $200. A similar weekly "extended stay suite" in most other cities will be $100 higher per week, or more.

      Just remember, usually the less you pay for a place to stay, the more likely you are to live in a higher crime area.
      Really? Is it that cheap? I thought vegas is one of the money eating places.

      Well according to you people, which is the best city to live in US with a decent budget?
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      • Profile picture of the author ThomM
        Originally Posted by twister85 View Post

        Really? Is it that cheap? I thought vegas is one of the money eating places.

        Well according to you people, which is the best city to live in US with a decent budget?
        None of them, but then I'm a country boy
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      • Profile picture of the author Joe_Chuck
        Originally Posted by twister85 View Post

        Really? Is it that cheap? I thought vegas is one of the money eating places.

        Well according to you people, which is the best city to live in US with a decent budget?
        Vegas can be expensive, it can be really expensive. But if you are not there for the glittor and glamor night life and just choosing vegas as a place to live it is pretty cheap
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  • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
    rent is your biggest cost of living expensene in NYC versus elsewhere

    that said its cheaper than England and now cheaper than my home town of Perth in Australia
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    New York is a nice place to visit but...

    Check out the west coast of Florida down around Sarasota. Hot in the summer but mild the rest of the time. You can get really nice rentals outside of Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota starting at $600/mo. There's lots to do there too and since the economy is depressed in FL prices are fairly reasonable.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      New York is a nice place to visit but...

      Check out the west coast of Florida down around Sarasota. Hot in the summer but mild the rest of the time. You can get really nice rentals outside of Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota starting at $600/mo. There's lots to do there too and since the economy is depressed in FL prices are fairly reasonable.
      I lived in Tampa for a few years back in the 70's. That's where I learned about living as a local as opposed to living like a tourist.
      Back then it was a beautiful area to live in.
      If I was to move back though I'd go farther north like around Bell Fl. Still has that Florida feel but not as built up.
      My other choice would be Key West or any of the Keys. Pricier but loads of fun
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    There's a LOT of places that are cheap to live in the States if you like country instead of city. Of course - you need a way to make the money to live and right now unless you can survive on part time and minimum wage, you better have a very solid background in something very technical and in high demand, or money stashed.

    The cost of living sounds cheaper than in other countries, but for what people are making here now, it is bizarrely disproportionate.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      There's a LOT of places that are cheap to live in the States if you like country instead of city. Of course - you need a way to make the money to live and right now unless you can survive on part time and minimum wage, you better have a very solid background in something very technical and in high demand, or money stashed.

      The cost of living sounds cheaper than in other countries, but for what people are making here now, it is bizarrely disproportionate.
      Well, people USED to live on commissions or a SKILLED WAGE! NOW, they expect to live on what used to be for KIDS!

      BTW Did you know the UK ha at LEAST 3 minimum wages? One for young kids, one for teenagers, and one for adults. If we had the same thing, it would be FAR fairer, but adults would probably have fewer jobs they could get!

      From the BBC last april, about the UK minimum wage:

      BBC News - Minimum wage to increase to £6.31

      The national minimum wage is to rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October, the government has announced.
      So adults get £1.28 more than 18-20 year olds. And what of those BELOW 18yo?

      BTW Indian Nationals are NOT allowed to work in the US without a special visa.

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  • Profile picture of the author craigslist
    blue collar people struggle
    my taxes are the highest in the nation
    I live upstate in albany
    on a 200,000 home here where I live I pay 7000.00 in school and property taxes
    stay where you are
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by craigslist View Post

      blue collar people struggle
      my taxes are the highest in the nation
      I live upstate in albany
      on a 200,000 home here where I live I pay 7000.00 in school and property taxes
      stay where you are
      Out of curiosity what's your water bill like?
      In Brunswick on a 110,000 house property and school taxes are 2,200 and water (min.) is 150 a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    I believe it's too expensive to live in NYC. Visiting the place is great but living there is a different story. Finding an affordable place to live will still be considered expensive for people like us who haven't lived there for a long time.
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  • Profile picture of the author tanyaa
    Living in Las Vegas is pretty decent than NYC.Cause it gives you more pleasure than NYC and show you the way of enjoying your moments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    It's largely variable.

    I live in Massachusetts and even in this state it's largely variable.

    As a rule, the closer you are to big cities the more expensive it is.

    I'm talking very, very expensive.

    (Impractically expensive).

    A lot of people either have to "bunk in" with their buddies or otherwise move out of the city.

    Cost of a house in Boston? Millions of dollars. (And you want the crazy part? People pay tens of THOUSANDS for their parking spot. Boston is a VERY old city, and as a result the parking and living area in general is VERY constricted. The roads were built for horse carriage).

    And I've heard of people getting their car completely JACKED (Fat Tony Style) for stealing someone's parking spot. Even for 5 minutes. It's not something you mess around with, lol.

    People in Boston are very mean. (Yeah, I'm getting off topic here).

    Cost of a house in western MA? anywhere from $150,000 - $400,000
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