Cost of Living in Berkeley, CA

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Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$3109
$7549
🛋️ Without rent
$907
$3230
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$2202
$4319
🍽️ Food
$643
$1679
🚐 Transport
$79.3
$203
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$7130
😀 Quality of life
77
🏙️ Population
124K

The average cost of living in Berkeley is $3109, which is in the top 1% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 93rd out of 9294 in our global list, 74th out of 2202 in the United States, and 53rd out of 319 in California.

The median after-tax salary is $7130, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2.3 months. Ranked 580th (TOP 6%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 103rd best city to live in the United States, and 12th most liveable city in California. With an estimated population of 124K, Berkeley is the 246th largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport 17 km Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
😷 Air quality Excellent 7.8 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 4 University of California - Berkeley
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Prices in Berkeley

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Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$17.6
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$81.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.37
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$7.01
 Cappuccino
$5.27
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.82
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$2193
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1956
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$4825
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$3854
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$136
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$207
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$63.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
6.53%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7942
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8004
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.24
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$116
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.8
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.52
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$4.5
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.11
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$19.4
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$19.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.17
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.85
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.2
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.78
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.07
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.46
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.34
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.5
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$16.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.43
🚬 Cigarette pack
$10.9
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.6
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.94
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.8
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.37
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$81.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.2
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$146
💇 Haircut, simple
$19.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$60.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$98.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2159
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$21218

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