Charlotte vs San Francisco - Cost of Living Comparison

Charlotte San Francisco
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2038
$3415
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4746
$7268
🏠 One person rent
$1214
$2367
🏘️ Family rent
$2103
$3633
🍽️ Food expenses
$509
$693
🚐 Transport expenses
$159
$172
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$5286
$3904
😷 Air quality
Good
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
9 km
18 km
🎓 Higher education
68
97
😀 Quality of life
89
89
🏙️ Population
875K
882K

The cost of living in Charlotte is 40% less expensive than in San Francisco. Cities ranked 463rd and 6th ($2038 vs $3415) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 365th and 4th in the United States.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.6 months in Charlotte compared to 1.1 months in San Francisco. Ranked 21st vs 25th best cities to live in the United States, and 111th vs 122nd among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Charlotte vs San Francisco

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Charlotte San Francisco
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.9
$17.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$49.6
$80.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.31
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.38
$7.53
 Cappuccino
$4.88
$4.91
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.08
$2.78
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1415
$2660
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$973
$2076
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2604
$4631
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1730
$3090
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$87.1
$112
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$134
$174
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$65
$61.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.21%
5.28%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3644
$11485
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1693
$9524
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.62
$2.98
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$86.1
$87
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$18.1
$19
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.98
$1.57
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.84
$1.36
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.67
$4.13
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.02
$4.42
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.9
$4.76
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.77
$16.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.1
$14.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$17.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.42
$5.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.63
$3.07
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.99
$5.35
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.08
$6.05
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.96
$2.92
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.68
$3.42
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.03
$1.52
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.72
$2.54
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.4
$16
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.21
$3.21
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.27
$12.4
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.97
$10.4
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.53
$8.07
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.15
$5.21
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.74
$2.69
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.8
$82.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.9
$15.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$143
$131
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.6
$27.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$42.1
$58.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$80
$83.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$913
$2641
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14990
$14161

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Cities near Charlotte

Distance City Cost of living
17 km or 10 mi Matthews
$1934
17 km or 11 mi Mint Hill
$1947
20 km or 13 mi Huntersville
$1946
23 km or 14 mi Indian Trail
$1948
28 km or 18 mi Cornelius
$1843
30 km or 18 mi Concord
$1876
31 km or 19 mi Gastonia
$1828
36 km or 22 mi Kannapolis
$1934
36 km or 22 mi Rock Hill
$1694
38 km or 23 mi Monroe
$1939
40 km or 25 mi Mooresville
$1919
57 km or 35 mi Lancaster
$2033
59 km or 37 mi Salisbury
$1949
62 km or 39 mi Statesville
$1944
63 km or 39 mi Shelby
$1911
72 km or 45 mi Hickory
$1641
94 km or 58 mi Forest
$1947
101 km or 63 mi Thomasville
$1508
104 km or 64 mi Rockingham
$1946
104 km or 65 mi Spartanburg
$1725
108 km or 67 mi Asheboro
$1950
111 km or 69 mi Winston-Salem
$1724
113 km or 70 mi High Point
$1642
120 km or 75 mi Kernersville
$1872
130 km or 81 mi Greer
$1940
132 km or 82 mi Greensboro
$1640
138 km or 86 mi Columbia
$1956
142 km or 88 mi Mauldin
$1938
143 km or 89 mi Lexington
$1948
147 km or 91 mi Greenville
$1750
152 km or 94 mi Florence
$2021
152 km or 95 mi Sumter
$1275
154 km or 96 mi Sanford
$1360
159 km or 99 mi Burlington
$1949
160 km or 99 mi Asheville
$2262
166 km or 103 mi Greenwood
$1937
176 km or 109 mi Fayetteville
$1570
179 km or 111 mi Chapel Hill
$2494
180 km or 112 mi Lumberton
$1820
184 km or 114 mi Anderson
$1764

Cities near San Francisco

Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 6.9 mi Daly
$1938
14 km or 8.4 mi South San Francisco
$1954
14 km or 8.8 mi Alameda
$3038
15 km or 9.2 mi Oakland
$3240
16 km or 10 mi Albany
$1949
17 km or 10 mi Berkeley
$2751
17 km or 11 mi San Bruno
$1935
18 km or 11 mi El Cerrito
$1939
18 km or 11 mi Pacifica
$1944
19 km or 12 mi Richmond
$1948
20 km or 12 mi Millbrae
$1951
21 km or 13 mi San Pablo
$1938
22 km or 14 mi Burlingame
$1941
24 km or 15 mi San Leandro
$2188
24 km or 15 mi San Rafael
$2631
26 km or 16 mi San Mateo
$3397
28 km or 17 mi San Lorenzo
$1813
28 km or 18 mi Foster
$2122
29 km or 18 mi Lafayette
$1933
29 km or 18 mi Hercules
$1937
31 km or 19 mi Belmont
$2736
32 km or 20 mi Hayward
$2691
32 km or 20 mi Castro Valley
$2595
34 km or 21 mi San Carlos
$1935
34 km or 21 mi Walnut Creek
$2869
36 km or 23 mi Redwood
$3431
37 km or 23 mi Martinez
$2202
37 km or 23 mi Danville
$2146
37 km or 23 mi Pleasant Hill
$1850
38 km or 24 mi Union
$1945
39 km or 24 mi San Ramon
$2142
39 km or 24 mi Vallejo
$2763
39 km or 24 mi Novato
$1947
39 km or 24 mi Benicia
$1937
41 km or 25 mi Concord
$2695
42 km or 26 mi Menlo Park
$1942
42 km or 26 mi East Palo Alto
$1946
43 km or 27 mi Newark
$1951
45 km or 28 mi Dublin
$1943
46 km or 28 mi Palo Alto
$2864