Cost of living in Los Angeles, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.15
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.98
12 eggs, large $4.41
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.54
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.22
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.79
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.71
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.56
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,412
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,056
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $159
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $2,128
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,444
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $111
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $47
40” flat screen TV $380
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $101
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $21
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $51
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $90
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $118
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,032
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.83
Monthly ticket public transport $87
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $19
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $17
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $110
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.20
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.51
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.83
Tube of toothpaste $1.93
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $47
2 tickets to the movies $27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $199
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $88
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.95
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $436
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.58
1 month of gym membership in business district $51
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,335 prices entered by 1,033 different people.
Latest price update: February 24, 2018.

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