Wow. Its so very cheap in other parts of the country/world!
Around here, in eastern PA, i've found prices varying from
Spay:$120-$500 (most are $300-$500)
Neuter:$100-$350 (most around $150-$250)
The prices include the surgery and overnight stay, but you still have to pay for the pain meds and stich removal.
Its incredibly frustrating, it was $170 to get my cat Tara spayed at "low cost" clinic, that is only open two days a year. Though they told me it was that much because she was "older". She was only 3 at the time though, I don't consider that old. And my kitten Drusilla will be getting spayed in Febuary to the tune of $225. And thats with a low cost certificate and a lot of hassle, as the vet insisted we wait until she was 6 months to even make the appointment, and then couldn't get her in until Feb, so she'll be almost 9-10 months old by then. My area is most certainly not pet friendly, we have very few vets (and no good vets), and almost no pet friendly housing. Prices are considerably better when you leave the immediate area, however I don't have a car, and have no one to drive me that far out to investigate things so i'm stuck.