Cost of living in San Diego, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Diego, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $7,460
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,997
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in San Diego, California
Current as of Apr 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $26
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.63
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.05
12 eggs, large $4.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.80
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.89
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.66
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.86
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.44
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of coca-cola $2.65
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.32
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $4,506
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $3,564
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $214
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,762
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $2,217
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $123
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $72
40” flat screen tv $375
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $132
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $13
Hourly rate for cleaning help $30
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $62
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $62
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $102
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $140
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $27,301
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.38
Monthly ticket public transport $71
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $17
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $15
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $129
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.27
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.90
Tube of toothpaste $2.16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $30
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $76
2 tickets to the movies $32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $252
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $106
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.42
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $498
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district $76
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $10
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 265 prices entered by 36 different people.
Latest price update: April 17, 2024

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