Cost of Living in Miami

In comparison to other major cities in the USA such as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the cost of living in Miami is significantly lower. That said, it's still a relatively expensive city when put into a global context, ranking 44th out of 209 cities worldwide in Mercer's 2019 Cost of Living Survey.

The cost of living in Miami is significantly affected by lifestyle choices – there are just as many opportunities to save as there are to splurge out. Accommodation and transport are likely to be one's biggest expenses.

Cost of accommodation in Miami

The cost of purchasing a home in Miami has been continuously climbing over the past few years and looks set to continue. While this is good news for those looking to invest in real estate, it does mean that rental prices are also on the rise.

When looking for accommodation in Miami, new arrivals may notice that there's plenty of availability in new and expensive developments. However, there are far fewer options for people on a tight budget. It's worth noting, though, that outlying suburbs are generally cheaper than central inner-city areas, and adding a little extra to one's commute time can pay off when it comes to saving money on rent. 

Cost of entertainment in Miami

Entertainment in Miami is often relatively expensive, especially in popular areas such as South Beach. There are, however, plenty of affordable things for expats to do in Miami, such as spending a day exploring the city's botanical gardens, hiking in the Everglades National Park or perfecting one's tan on the beach.

Cost of transport in Miami

The cost of public transport in Miami is reasonable, although most expats tend to own a car for convenience. As such, expats planning a move to the city would do well to budget for the cost of buying a vehicle.

Cost of education in Miami

Expats can attend public schools free of charge, many of which offer a good standard of education. Parents who wish to send their children to a private or international school in the city should note that school fees can be high and there are often additional expenses for things like school uniforms, stationery, extra-curriculars and textbooks.

Cost of living in Miami chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for March 2020.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

USD 3,200

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

USD 2,200

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

USD 1,900

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

USD 1,400


Eggs (dozen)


Milk (1 litre)


Rice (1kg)


Loaf of white bread

USD 3 

Chicken breasts (1kg)

USD 9 

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

USD 7 

Eating out

Big Mac Meal


Coca-Cola (330ml)

USD 2 


USD 4 

Bottle of local beer 

USD 5 

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

USD 70 


Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)

USD 0.25 

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month) 

USD 50 

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

USD 140 


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

USD 2 

Bus/train fare in the city centre 

USD 2.50 

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

USD 0.80 

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