Cost of living in San Diego, California, United States

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.71
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.99
12 eggs, large $3.75
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.61
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.01
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.80
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,220
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,802
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $190
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,953
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,326
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $123
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen TV $319
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $110
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $10
Hourly rate for cleaning help $18
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $45
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) $81
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $109
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,270
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.75
Monthly ticket public transport $75
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $111
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.35
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.34
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.36
Tube of toothpaste $1.97
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $18
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $181
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $71
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.86
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.65
iPod nano 16GB $151
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.49
1 month of gym membership in business district $42
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $7
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 902 prices entered by 192 different people.
Latest price update: September 28, 2016.

San Diego position in our World Ranking

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37th
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n. america
12th
out of 71
usa
12th
out of 60

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