Cost of living in Arcata, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.55
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.25
12 eggs, large $4.79
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.76
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.47
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $26
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.55
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $4.93
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,597
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,128
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $202
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,413
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $875
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $105
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $50
40” flat screen TV $318
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $130
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $18
Hourly rate for cleaning help $29
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $69
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $190
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $102
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $146
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $28,667
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.88
Monthly ticket public transport $39
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) $10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $55
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $160
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.92
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $8
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.88
Tube of toothpaste $3.80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $27
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $55
2 tickets to the movies $22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $10
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 $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.67
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.76
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $48
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 117 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: August 03, 2018.

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