Living costs in Austria are difficult to evaluate. One cannot definitively state that the living cost in Austria is any particular percentage above or below that of the United States. Patterns of personal consumption and taste vary between the United States and Austria and between the rural areas of Austria and the large cities including Vienna.
- Living & Working in Austria 2020 (pdf/692 MB) – published by the Austrian Employment Service
One would be safe in stating that the cost of living is generally more expensive in Austria than in the United States. As in most European countries, the cost of living in Austria is rising steadily.
Food prices are probably somewhat higher than those in the United States. Canned goods, frozen goods, chicken and turkey, and some meats are more expensive in Austria. During winter months, fresh vegetables are in short supply and of limited variety. Manufactured items in Austria are generally more limited in selection and more expensive than in the United States.