Cost of living in Berkeley, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.39
12 eggs, large $4.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.28
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.98
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.40
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.57
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $3,296
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $3,654
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $174
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $2,321
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $2,203
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $116
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $54
40” flat screen TV $350
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $74
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $68
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $128
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $32,789
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.77
Monthly ticket public transport $79
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) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $10
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $60
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $8
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.00
Tube of toothpaste $2.97
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $54
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $118
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $115
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.66
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
iPod nano 16GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $122
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $9
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 210 prices entered by 25 different people.
Latest price update: June 16, 2017.

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