Cost of living in San Jose, California, United States

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district $18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.20
12 eggs, large $4.54
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.77
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $3.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.27
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes $1.71
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.21
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $18
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.76
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $0.88
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,402
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $98
Internet 8MB (1 month) $51
40” flat screen TV $361
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt $173
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $8
Hourly rate for cleaning help $19
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $45
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) $45
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) $81
1 pair of leather business shoes $114
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new $16,719
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.74
Monthly ticket public transport $34
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) $6
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.57
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.98
Tube of toothpaste $2.57
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $36
2 tickets to the movies $20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $242
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert $100
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Capuccino in expat area of the city $4.54
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $3.91
iPod nano 16GB $194
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.31
1 month of gym membership in business district $71
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $4.94
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 2,216 prices entered by 215 different people.
Latest price update: March 27, 2015.

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