Cost of living in Modesto, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.94
12 eggs, large $3.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $2.57
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.36
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.52
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.62
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,456
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,169
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $228
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $907
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $809
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $144
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $45
40” flat screen TV $346
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $125
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $17
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $43
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $34
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $72
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $85
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,888
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.74
Monthly ticket public transport $40
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) $30
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $100
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $5.79
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.73
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.16
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.94
Tube of toothpaste $1.72
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $18
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $41
2 tickets to the movies $20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $84
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $59
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.36
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.54
iPad Air 2, 64GB $933
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $19
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $6
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 151 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: August 12, 2017.

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