Cost of living in Irvine, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.88
12 eggs, large $3.39
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.85
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.28
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.91
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.17
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,699
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,272
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $183
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,932
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,715
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $106
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $46
40” flat screen TV $355
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help $27
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $41
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $41
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $74
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $108
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,706
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.84
Monthly ticket public transport $72
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) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $73
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.65
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.65
Tube of toothpaste $1.95
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $400
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $78
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.83
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.10
1 month of gym membership in business district $53
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $6
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 230 prices entered by 33 different people.
Latest price update: August 20, 2018.

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