Cost of living in Santa Barbara, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in Santa Barbara, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,757
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,504
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Santa Barbara, California
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $25
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.10
12 eggs, large $5.21
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.95
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.02
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $4.80
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $17
2 liters of coca-cola $2.14
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $3.08
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $4,104
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $3,166
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $159
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,346
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,828
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $105
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $68
40” flat screen tv -
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $14
Hourly rate for cleaning help $24
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) $54
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.21
Monthly ticket public transport $51
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $15
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $9
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.83
Tube of toothpaste -
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $54
2 tickets to the movies $24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $94
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $50
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $9
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 50 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: January 06, 2023

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