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Cost of Living Comparisons

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View a data comparison to see how Milwaukee compares to other major cities in population, commute, living costs, home prices, and median rent.

METRO AREA POPULATION COMMUTE LIVING COSTS HOME PRICES MEDIAN RENT
Atlanta 6.0 million 27 minutes $105,057 $233,200 $1,270
Boston 4.9 million 31 minutes $154,799 $491,900 $2,336
Charlotte, NC 2.6 million 26 minutes $100,103 $258,600 $1,020
Chicago 9.5 million 35 minutes $127,141 $265,100 $1,480
Columbus, OH 2.1 million 22 minutes $93,705 $216,600 $1,036
Dallas/Fort Worth 7.6 million 27 minutes $108,772 $268,600 $1,470
Denver 3.0 million 25 minutes $116,821 $462,100 $1,605
Indianapolis 2.1 million 23 minutes $95,769 $200,100 $   946
Kansas City 2.2 million 22 minutes $98,039 $219,400 $1,021
MILWAUKEE/RACINE 1.8 million 22 minutes $100,000 $268,400 $1,308
Minneapolis/St. Paul 3.6 million 23 minutes $109,701 $288,600 $1,308
Portland, OR 2.5 million 26 minutes $135,191 $409,300 $1,536
San Jose, CA 2.0 million 30 minutes $202,580 $1,265,000 $3,051
Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg 3.2 million 24 minutes $91,950 $245,000 $1,390

 

NOTES: 

Population for metropolitan area taken from U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division - Release Date: March 2020.

Commute indicates average one-way commute time (2014-2018 American Community Survey - U.S. Census Bureau data).

Living Costs based on the relative cost-of-living index (ACCRA Cost-of-Living Index- 2018).

Home Prices indicates median sales price of single-family homes (2019 - National Association of Realtors®).

Median Rent is the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment (2021 Estimates - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).