Cost of living in Palo Alto, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in Palo Alto, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,782
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,325
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List of prices in Palo Alto, California, United States. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.34
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.86
12 eggs, large $4.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.86
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $20
2 liters of coca-cola $2.82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $3.53
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $4,172
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,487
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $202
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $3,467
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $2,251
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $106
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen tv $569
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $160
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $33
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $47
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $36
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $90
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $92
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,044
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.95
Monthly ticket public transport $150
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $23
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $105
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.53
Tube of toothpaste $1.89
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $36
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $53
2 tickets to the movies $31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $290
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $112
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.40
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $435
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.25
1 month of gym membership in business district $105
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $8
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 180 prices entered by 17 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2020

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