Ukraine vs. USA: The Differences in Cost of Living in Ukraine and the United States

July 31, 2017 at 6.00am by in Online Dating
Cost of Living in Ukraine and the United States

Cost of Living in Ukraine

Finding your Ukrainian woman may have been a difficult journey. As we know, it entails a lot of trial and error before getting the right one. Beyond this, though, you’ve also got to consider if you’re willing to have her stay with you in the US or you staying with her in Ukraine. Maybe you’ll even go there for a visit and you wonder about the price of their products. So, we’re going to show you the cost of living in Ukraine in comparison to the US. We’ll answer your thoughts on living in Ukraine, and how it could differ from living in the United States.

This post was inspired by something I read a couple of days ago. I read in a forum that a guy had been with his Ukrainian woman. They’ve lived together as husband and wife for two and a half years. They’ve been residing in South Carolina. And although they’ve got children of their own and a home, they both stick to a good amount of money to spend every month. However, the wife was constantly talking about how much cheaper it would be if the family was living in Ukraine. Much more than that, the wife tells the husband how they can both have a carefree life instead of paying off their mortgage in the US, which is the only debt they have to worry about at the time.

Beyond the story of this man who’s considering moving and living in Ukraine, he asked the important question of what the cost of living in Ukraine is. This is a really great thing to know if you’re really going to uproot yourself from the US to another country. So, to help everyone get a grasp of the life in Ukraine, we’ll show you the differences in prices.

What is the cost of living in Ukraine?

To be solely specific, that’ll focus on the average cost of living in Ukraine as well as the average cost of living in the United States. Since it’s an average, it means that the price may differ from state to state as well as city to city. All the prices are in US Dollar.

Food and Beverages Ukraine    US  
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.93 $ 12.00 $
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 15.85 $ 50.00 $
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 2.52 $ 7.00 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 0.58 $ 4.00 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.13 $ 5.00 $
Cappuccino (regular) 0.80 $ 3.86 $
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 0.40 $ 1.72 $
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.30 $ 1.38 $

You can already see from this table the great differences between each country in terms of food and beverages. How about the utilities or monthly rent?

Utilities and Rent Ukraine     US
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 59.75 $ 146.19 $
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3.36 $ 51.80 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center 297.30 $ 1,214.15 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center 179.32 $ 912.37 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center 540.10 $ 2,003.86 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Center 334.46 $ 1,500.39 $

Again, you’ll see that the price difference between living in Ukraine and in the US. It’s obviously cheaper to live in Ukraine than in the US. However, don’t be fooled by the vast difference in prices. You’ll also have to consider the monthly wage that you’ll receive in Ukraine. That is unless of course, you’ll be working remotely with a US company.

How much is the average monthly wage while living in Ukraine?

The monthly average wage after tax in Ukraine is about 205 USD, while in America it can range from about 2,000 to 3,000 USD. So, the differences are definitely vast. As you can see, the monthly wages in Ukraine don’t even come close to that of the US. Although the US has a high standard of living, working and living in Ukraine may mean working for lower salaries.

So, if you’re really taking the opportunity to go live in Ukraine, take into account some things. The living is very different. Others say that you’ll feel more compassion as the people there are nicer compared to the US. Plus, you’ll get to learn to love new things. There have been many people, especially Americans, who recommend moving there. However, before even actually selling everything you own, make sure you’ve looked first through some houses as well as jobs there. Afterward, you’re going to have to do some math on whether it’s worth it. Also, make sure that you’ve talked it over to your friends and family. They can help you figure out if the finances are good to go even if you move there. If you have a Ukrainian wife, talk it over with her as well at how everything would work out. Iron out plans if ever anything needs to be ironed out.


Meeting the Ukrainian woman of your dreams is a delight. Now that you’ve found her, are you willing to uproot her from where she’s from, or are you going to uproot yourself and move there? Those are the most important questions. If you’ve got a retirement fund or you can work from another country with the same amount of money as your salary, would you ever consider living in another country? Maybe, Ukraine will be your next destination.

  • Shardorn

    This is good piece of information but things like health insurance and quality of healthcare is something you also need to look at. While in the US it might be much more expensive to have healthcare, the quality cannot be compared with what there is in the Ukraine. Furthermore, if you want good healthcare in the Ukraine it also has a price tage.

    Considering the food prices you have mentioned I am seeing a lot of luxury goods and foods in there. While McDonald’s is not the most healthy food around and neither is Coka Cola and Pepsi, you must bear in mind that consuming these kinds of food will eventually put you in the medical circle because you will get sick of all these processed foods. Bear is not very relevant in your life and you can do without it. Furthermore eating out or in a restaurant is something that should be done on special occasions. A good healthy home-cooked meal would be the best and you could save more.

    Concerning what is being given here, I can also propose you to look at this site. Here you can find update prices per city in the world:

    Think about your health when you would like to make a step like this and make sure that you are capable of adapting to the culture. Because it is a big change and if you are not capable of adapting, it will fail.

    As US standards might seem to be a lot, you cannot even compare this to Europe. There you would really want to consider moving to Ukraine.


    Any Idea what a Gym membership costs? I mean one with free weights etc..

    • Keith

      Hi Peter
      Membership costs to a good gym are about $60 per month in Kiev, with smaller cities averaging around $40 per month. Gym membership, with a personal trainer are around $140 per month in Kiev and $100 per month in smaller cities


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