Cost of living in San Francisco, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Francisco, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $8,846
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $6,155
  • San Francisco, California is the 2nd most expensive city in USA (2 out of 35)
  • San Francisco, California is the 2nd most expensive city in N. America (2 out of 42)
  • Cost of living in San Francisco, California is more expensive than in 98% of cities in the World (5 out of 194)
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List of prices in San Francisco, California
Current as of Feb 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $24
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.95
12 eggs, large $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.38
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $8
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $2.98
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.52
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $5,578
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $4,577
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $175
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $3,224
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $2,671
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $113
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $62
40” flat screen tv $256
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $147
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $40
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $65
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $49
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $99
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $126
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $30,913
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.30
Monthly ticket public transport $95
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $20
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $14
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $160
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $13
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $5.32
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $8
4 rolls of toilet paper $5.76
Tube of toothpaste $2.92
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $33
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $63
2 tickets to the movies $36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $335
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $103
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $363
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 $13
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 286 prices entered by 42 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2024

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SF position in our World Ranking

the world
5th
out of 194
n. america
2nd
out of 42
usa
2nd
out of 35

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

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3rd
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3rd
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3rd
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3rd

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