Cost of living in San Jose, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in San Jose, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $7,735
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $5,133
  • San Jose, California is the 4th most expensive city in USA (4 out of 34)
  • San Jose, California is the 4th most expensive city in N. America (4 out of 40)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, California is more expensive than in 95% of cities in the World (10 out of 192)
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List of prices in San Jose, California
Current as of Mar 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.43
12 eggs, large $4.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.94
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $5.69
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $3.67
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.58
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $17
2 liters of coca-cola $2.40
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $4.02
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $4,736
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $3,480
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $115
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,783
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $2,573
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $74
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $76
40” flat screen tv $324
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $178
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $21
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $60
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $50
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $105
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $146
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $29,175
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.33
Monthly ticket public transport $115
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $19
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $37
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $101
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $6
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.93
Tube of toothpaste $2.26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $24
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $65
2 tickets to the movies $30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $275
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $110
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.94
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $496
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district $118
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 215 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: March 03, 2024

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San Jose, USA position in our World Ranking

the world
10th
out of 192
n. america
4th
out of 40
usa
4th
out of 34

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