# The Truth Hurts: Here’s How Far \$45,000 In Brooklyn Will Stretch In Other Cities

Census data released early this year measured Brooklyn’s median income at \$44,850. Using CNN Money’s and Expakistan’s cost of living calculator, I explored what a Brooklyn-based \$45,000 a year salary would look like in other cities across the world. The results aren’t pretty.

I had to use two different calculations for these estimates. For American cities, I gave CNN Money’s calculator the city in question + \$45,000 a year as where I currently live and my current income, then Brooklyn, NY as where I wanted to live. The resultant “comparable salary” figures are shown in the images that follow. The CNN Money calculator was updated with census data December 2013.

For international cities, I used Expakistan. This tool doesn’t calculate comparable salary. Instead, it tells you how much cheaper a city is than any other city. So my approach was to ask, for example, “If I bought \$100 dollars worth of stuff in Brooklyn, what amount would I have had to spend to buy the same amount of stuff in Prague?” Since Expakistan says the cost of living in Prague is 59% lower than the cost of living in Brooklyn, my calculation is 100 – 59 = 41; 100/41 = 2.439; 2.439 x 45,000 = 109,756. I round up on all these amounts (so with Prague, I end up with \$110k) and sincerely hope my math is correct.

I can’t attest for the accuracy of Expakistan. Some estimations are “based on only a few data points,” such as Oaxaca’s, others are “based on abundant and consistent data,” such as Prague. Expakistan’s calculator also does not distinguish between Manhattan and Brooklyn—it’s all lumped into “New York City.”

### Minneapolis

In Minneapolis, your cost of living changes by:
-4% Groceries
-63% Housing
-7% Transportation

### Prague

In Prague, your cost of living goes down:
-54% Groceries
-69% Rent
-51% Transportation

### Austin

In Austin, your cost of living changes by:
-29% Groceries
-73% Rent
-12% Transportation

### Berlin

In Berlin, your cost of living changes by:
-29% Groceries
-58% Rent
+6% Transportation

### Palm Coast, Florida

In Palm Coast, your cost of living changes by:
-20% Groceries
-75% Rent
-14% Transportation

### Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, your cost of living changes by:
-41% Groceries
-37% Rent
-30% Transportation

### Cedar City, Utah

In Cedar City, your cost of living changes by:
-26% Groceries
-78% Rent
-13% Transportation

### Barcelona

In Barcelona, your cost of living changes by:
-27% Groceries
-52% Rent
-25% Transportation

### Buenos Aires

In Buenos Aires, your cost of living changes by:
-51% Groceries
-76% Rent
-65% Transportation

### Shanghai

In Shanghai, your cost of living changes by:
-26% Groceries
-48% Rent
-52% Transportation

### Columbus, Ohio

In Columbus, your cost of living changes by:
-28% Groceries
-76% Rent
-12% Transportation

### Louisville, Kentucky

In Louisville, your cost of living changes by:
-28% Groceries
-75% Rent
-9% Transportation

### Portland, Oregon

In Portland, your cost of living changes by:
-13% Groceries
-57% Rent
-6% Transportation

### Cape Town, South Africa

In Cape Town, your cost of living changes by:
-49% Groceries
-72% Rent
-60% Transportation

### Chicago, Illinois

In Chicago, your cost of living changes by:

-15% Groceries
-58% Rent
-15% Transportation

### Oaxaca, Mexico

In Oaxaca, your cost of living changes by:
-53% Groceries
-82% Rent
-65% Transportation

In Denver, your cost of living changes by:
-22% Groceries
-64% Rent
-11% Transportation
Just as a point of reference, here’s what Brooklyn is like right now.