Cost of Living in Palo Alto, CA

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Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$3501
$8117
🛋️ Without rent
$956
$3231
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$2545
$4886
🍽️ Food
$724
$1905
🚐 Transport
$66.4
$169
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$5974
😀 Quality of life
74
🏙️ Population
68.6K

The average cost of living in Palo Alto is $3501, which is in the top 0.2% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 22nd out of 9294 in our global list, 19th out of 2202 in the United States, and 14th out of 319 in California.

The median after-tax salary is $5974, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months. Ranked 1186th (TOP 13%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 261st best city to live in the United States, and 57th most liveable city in California. With an estimated population of 68.6K, Palo Alto is the 594th largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport 8 km Moffett Federal Airfield
😷 Air quality Excellent 7.4 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 2 Stanford University
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Prices in Palo Alto

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Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$18.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$99.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$11.8
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$7.94
 Cappuccino
$5.28
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$2611
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$2246
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$5094
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$4447
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$154
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$237
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$72.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
6.42%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$10948
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7502
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.49
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$99.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$13.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.32
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.3
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$5.05
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$5.17
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$20.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.1
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.22
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.98
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.67
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.26
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.97
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.28
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$3.48
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$19.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.01
🚬 Cigarette pack
$10.3
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$13.9
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.97
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.93
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.17
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$97.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$91.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$28.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$58
👟 Brand Sneakers
$87.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1868
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$17899

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