Cost of living in San Jose, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Jose, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,491
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,421
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 84% of cities in USA (11 out of 64)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 87% of cities in N. America (11 out of 76)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 92% of cities in the World (23 out of 282)

List of prices in San Jose, California, United States. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
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 $4.19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.18
12 eggs, large $3.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.72
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $3.85
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.96
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.30
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $21
2 liters of coca-cola $2.30
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.02
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,853
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,351
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $120
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,497
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,578
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $96
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $45
40” flat screen tv $288
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $111
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $8
Hourly rate for cleaning help $33
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $53
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $60
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $75
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $111
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,680
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.04
Monthly ticket public transport $80
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $105
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.37
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.70
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.03
Tube of toothpaste $1.79
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $55
2 tickets to the movies $28
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $231
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $75
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.37
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $415
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.40
1 month of gym membership in business district $50
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 574 prices entered by 109 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2020

San Jose position in our World Ranking

the world
23rd
out of 282
n. america
11th
out of 76
usa
11th
out of 64

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