Thank you, I will have a look at that info. Yes, I am considering the full picture, of course, not just rent prices. I have found that the usual basket of goods doesn't directly apply to me as I am not really the biggest spender and oftentimes find myself in a niche of a consumer market. Out of the items and services that I purchase regularly food is both the biggest part in terms of chunk from my monthly financial budget and amount of goods bought. I don't really spend much on anything else, such as eating out, clothing or electricity, but, as Brian said, even if I don't use those stuff, other people and merchants do, so it's still reflected into the final price of the other goods that I frequently buy, such as potatoes, cheese and fruits. I am looking at rent costs first, because I am curious and also living somewhere doesn't really get any more pivotal than renting a place there, so I look at it foremost. As I said, once I am healthy, I don't expect to be spending any significant time indoors, apart from ~10 hours/day for sleeping + showering and bathroom, so it really doesn't matter to me the quality or the size of the place, but more so the price. I am currently living in Sofia, Bulgaria and you can have a quick reference look at the numbers from here. I have found that the people from this website provide pretty near to reality accurate numbers on the price-tags of the 30 or so most bought goods, so I trust that they have their figures for NYC correct as well. If we have to be precise and employing their data, living in New York City is 3.57 times more expensive than in Sofia, whereas the average (mind you, not median) monthly after tax salary is 7.06 times higher than it is in Sofia.
Thanks for the clarifications as well!
Edited by Just_One_Question, 13 August 2017 - 03:15 PM.