We all know that the cost of living varies depending on where you live. There are a couple of interactive sites that can provide this kind of information. The Cost of Living Calculator offers a tremendous amount of comparative data on numerous cities (including Newark), drilling down to the price of a newspaper or a washing machine repair. For those who want less information but still want a basic overview What your salary is really worth across America allows comparisons among major cities along salary lines; for example, if you earned $100,000 in Syracuse, N.Y., you would need $127,420 to have the same lifestyle in New York City. On the other hand, if you made $100,000 in San Francisco, you’d only need $73,280 to live similarly in St Louis. Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city? provides additional calculations, in this case using cities and/or counties for the reckonings as well as listing price differentials on groceries, housing costs, utilities, transportation, and health care.
Cost of Living in Various U.S. Cities/Counties