Cost of living in Calgary, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Calgary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,000
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,411
  • Cost of living in Calgary is cheaper than in 45% of cities in Canada (5 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Calgary is cheaper than in 65% of cities in N. America (40 out of 62)
  • Cost of living in Calgary is more expensive than in 62% of cities in the World (86 out of 221)

List of prices in Calgary, Canada. Current as of Sep 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$1.71
12 eggs, large C$3.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$5.60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.72
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$3.55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$2.91
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$20
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.22
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.09
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$1,633
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,438
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$196
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,388
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$987
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$96
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$61
40” flat screen tv C$422
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$204
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$25
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$70
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$54
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$112
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$170
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$24,424
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$0.97
Monthly ticket public transport C$108
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$24
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$21
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$70
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$5.77
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.34
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.59
Tube of toothpaste C$2.68
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$31
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$55
2 tickets to the movies C$33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$203
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$100
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.75
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$590
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.62
1 month of gym membership in business district C$63
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$16
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 757 prices entered by 120 different people.
Latest price update: September 21, 2020

Calgary position in our World Ranking

the world
86th
out of 221
n. america
40th
out of 62
canada
5th
out of 11

Cheapest and most expensive products in Calgary compared to other cities:

n. america
2nd
n. america
4th
n. america
4th
n. america
4th
canada
1st
canada
1st

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