Cost of living in Calgary, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Calgary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$5,109
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$2,447
  • Cost of living in Calgary is cheaper than in 45% of cities in Canada (5 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Calgary is cheaper than in 57% of cities in N. America (33 out of 58)
  • Cost of living in Calgary is more expensive than in 64% of cities in the World (76 out of 207)
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List of prices in Calgary
Current as of Jul 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$1.76
12 eggs, large C$4.75
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$4.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$3.66
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$2.87
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$20
2 liters of coca-cola C$2.39
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.13
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$1,644
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$1,460
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$313
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,350
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$973
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$171
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$67
40” flat screen tv C$390
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$308
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$25
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$81
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$52
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$102
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$163
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$23,960
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.13
Monthly ticket public transport C$108
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$20
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$21
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$64
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.47
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.69
Tube of toothpaste C$2.67
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$29
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$54
2 tickets to the movies C$32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$175
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$97
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.64
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$559
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.42
1 month of gym membership in business district C$68
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$16
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 323 prices entered by 61 different people.
Latest price update: July 24, 2021

Calgary position in our World Ranking

the world
76th
out of 207
n. america
33rd
out of 58
canada
5th
out of 11

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