Cost of living in Santa Cruz, California, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.96
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.96
12 eggs, large $4.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.70
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.95
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.65
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.75
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,611
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,115
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $117
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,771
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $82
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen TV $400
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $119
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $23
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $42
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $38
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $91
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $123
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,231
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.77
Monthly ticket public transport $68
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $22
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $50
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $195
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.94
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.79
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.99
Tube of toothpaste $2.85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $23
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $41
2 tickets to the movies $24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $76
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $71
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.43
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
iPad Air 2, 64GB $458
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district $45
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $8
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 443 prices entered by 40 different people.
Latest price update: October 17, 2017.

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