Cost of living in Modesto, 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) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.69
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.94
12 eggs, large $2.92
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $2.22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.97
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.16
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.86
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.72
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 $1,017
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 $377
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $130
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $14
Hourly rate for cleaning help $17
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $38
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $35
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $72
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $83
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $25,748
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.75
Monthly ticket public transport $39
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) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $30
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $120
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.08
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.16
Tube of toothpaste $1.98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $42
2 tickets to the movies $21
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 $65
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
iPod nano 16GB $1,200
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $24
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 115 prices entered by 12 different people.
Latest price update: May 25, 2017.

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