Cost of living in San Jose, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Jose, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,482
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,451
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 81% of cities in USA (12 out of 57)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 82% of cities in N. America (13 out of 68)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 89% of cities in the World (27 out of 235)

List of prices in San Jose, California, United States. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.24
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.22
12 eggs, large $3.94
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $19
2 liters of coca-cola $2.55
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.64
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,975
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,327
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $131
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,469
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,559
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $90
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $38
40” flat screen tv $310
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $135
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $8
Hourly rate for cleaning help $33
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $49
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $53
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $83
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $106
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,067
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.99
Monthly ticket public transport $74
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $19
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $21
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $97
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.77
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.45
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.89
Tube of toothpaste $1.79
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $48
2 tickets to the movies $27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $222
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $66
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.47
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $436
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.40
1 month of gym membership in business district $53
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $9
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 416 prices entered by 61 different people.
Latest price update: August 12, 2020

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

the world
27th
out of 235
n. america
13th
out of 68
usa
12th
out of 57

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