Wherever you live in the country, the cost of living is consistently on the rise.
But how do we on Wearside compare with those living in London?
We've taken a look at some every day expenses to try and gauge the difference between the two.
Is the gap what you thought it would be?
Looking around the centre of each city, how much do you think a one bedroom flat will cost you per month? Within the mile radius of each postcode, we looked at how much it would cost to rent a whole property. The prices were found on property comparison site Zoopla.com, and were valid at the time of writing. This excludes studio flats.
London WC1A: £1,430 pcm
Sunderland SR1: £300pcm
For those with the cash looking to purchase a property in the city centre, here is what you can expect to be paying for the cheapest one or two bedroom flat in this area. There are no one bedroom flats available in this area of Sunderland - so we went for the cheapest two bedroom instead.
London WC1A: £374,950
Sunderland SR1: £62,500
London Zone 1-3 travel four-week travel card: £146
Sunderland Stagecoach four-week Megarider: £45.60
The difference in average pay is £16,680 a year. Figures listed by jobs website Adzuna.co.uk.
It may seem like a normal leisure activity, but with all of the new releases on the horizon for 2016 it's going to be expensive. So what would it cost to see the latest blockbuster at your local cinema?
Looking at The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, we checked the prices of seating for a regular 2D showing after 7pm on the same date, from the same cinema chain.
London: £9.95 for a regular ticket
Sunderland: £7.95 for a regular ticket
By using the highest rated curry houses on TripAdvisor, we discovered how much it would cost for a vegetable pakora, chicken korma with rice and a side of poppadoms.