Cost of living in San Diego, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Diego, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,201
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,877
  • Cost of living in San Diego, California is more expensive than in 80% of cities in USA (8 out of 35)
  • Cost of living in San Diego, California is more expensive than in 83% of cities in N. America (9 out of 48)
  • Cost of living in San Diego, California is more expensive than in 94% of cities in the World (16 out of 234)
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List of prices in San Diego, California
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $19
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.10
12 eggs, large $5.65
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.23
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of coca-cola $2.84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $3.50
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $3,277
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,709
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $196
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,371
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,800
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $111
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $64
40” flat screen tv $308
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $110
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $14
Hourly rate for cleaning help $31
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $57
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $55
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $95
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $124
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,155
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.38
Monthly ticket public transport $77
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $17
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $15
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $124
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 $28
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $54
2 tickets to the movies $29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $239
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $88
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.88
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $412
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district $51
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 366 prices entered by 42 different people.
Latest price update: September 25, 2022

San Diego position in our World Ranking

the world
16th
out of 234
n. america
9th
out of 48
usa
8th
out of 35

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