Cost of living in Santa Barbara, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in Santa Barbara, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,605
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,494
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List of prices in Santa Barbara, California, United States. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.28
12 eggs, large $4.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.67
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.91
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.84
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of coca-cola $2.62
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.83
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $3,064
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,320
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 $2,119
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,564
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $79
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $75
40” flat screen tv $1,101
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $57
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $14
Hourly rate for cleaning help $23
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $58
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $52
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $90
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $107
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $18,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.99
Monthly ticket public transport $51
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $30
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $140
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $8
4 rolls of toilet paper $5.00
Tube of toothpaste $2.70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $25
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $50
2 tickets to the movies $22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $141
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $91
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.50
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.28
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $58
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 169 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: July 27, 2020

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