Cost of living in San Jose, California, United States

List of prices in San Jose, California, United States. Current as of Nov 2019.

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Food [Edit]
USD CAD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $17 (C$22)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $9 (C$12)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.79 (C$5.01)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.04 (C$1.38)
12 eggs, large $3.74 (C$4.94)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.72 (C$4.92)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $3.85 (C$5.10)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.00 (C$5.29)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.96 (C$2.59)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $5.07 (C$7)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $18 (C$23)
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.30 (C$3.04)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.02 (C$2.67)
Housing [Edit]
USD CAD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,983 (C$3,945)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,392 (C$3,164)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $126 (C$167)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $2,739 (C$3,622)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,656 (C$2,190)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $96 (C$127)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $42 (C$56)
40” flat screen TV $269 (C$356)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $114 (C$151)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $8 (C$11)
Hourly rate for cleaning help $35 (C$47)
Clothes [Edit]
USD CAD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $53 (C$70)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $60 (C$79)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $75 (C$99)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $111 (C$147)
Transportation [Edit]
USD CAD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,680 (C$32,643)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.03 (C$1.36)
Monthly ticket public transport $79 (C$104)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18 (C$24)
Personal Care [Edit]
USD CAD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8 (C$10)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $24 (C$31)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $106 (C$141)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6 (C$8)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.37 (C$4.45)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.70 (C$6)
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.25 (C$4.30)
Tube of toothpaste $1.79 (C$2.37)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $22 (C$30)
Entertainment [Edit]
USD CAD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $50 (C$66)
2 tickets to the movies $28 (C$36)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $280 (C$370)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $73 (C$96)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13 (C$18)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.45 (C$7)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8 (C$10)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $420 (C$555)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.40 (C$0.53)
1 month of gym membership in business district $57 (C$76)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $8 (C$11)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 602 prices entered by 119 different people.
Latest price update: November 20, 2019

San Jose position in our World Ranking

the world
19th
out of 307
n. america
8th
out of 81
usa
8th
out of 68

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