Cost of living in San Jose, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Jose, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,737
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,396
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 77% of cities in USA (8 out of 30)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 80% of cities in N. America (9 out of 40)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 92% of cities in the World (17 out of 209)
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List of prices in San Jose, California
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.25
12 eggs, large $5.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.89
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.90
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.63
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.70
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $17
2 liters of coca-cola $2.48
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $3.87
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $3,738
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $3,308
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $248
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,350
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,882
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $95
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $64
40” flat screen tv $322
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $152
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $13
Hourly rate for cleaning help $27
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $49
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) $97
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $100
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,665
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.51
Monthly ticket public transport $65
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $37
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $123
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.68
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.98
Tube of toothpaste $2.43
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $25
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $51
2 tickets to the movies $30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $261
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $80
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.36
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $502
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district $69
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 233 prices entered by 25 different people.
Latest price update: January 29, 2023

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

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17th
out of 209
n. america
9th
out of 40
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8th
out of 30

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