Cost of living in San Diego, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Diego, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,041
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,826
  • Cost of living in San Diego, California is more expensive than in 81% of cities in USA (9 out of 43)
  • Cost of living in San Diego, California is more expensive than in 84% of cities in N. America (10 out of 57)
  • Cost of living in San Diego, California is more expensive than in 93% of cities in the World (20 out of 271)
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List of prices in San Diego, California
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.45
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.00
12 eggs, large $4.81
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.38
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.52
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.24
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of coca-cola $2.53
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $3.47
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $3,329
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,655
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $210
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,123
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,676
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $118
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $64
40” flat screen tv $305
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $131
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $31
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $55
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $46
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $132
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,922
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.20
Monthly ticket public transport $73
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $17
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $16
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $108
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.80
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.67
Tube of toothpaste $1.61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $28
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $55
2 tickets to the movies $29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $288
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $79
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.86
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $416
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district $43
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 215 prices entered by 34 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2022

San Diego position in our World Ranking

the world
20th
out of 271
n. america
10th
out of 57
usa
9th
out of 43

Cheapest and most expensive products in San Diego compared to other cities:

the world
4th
the world
4th
n. america
3rd
n. america
3rd
n. america
4th
usa
2nd

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