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Cost of Living in San Diego | California

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$2389
$5212
🛋️ Without rent
$804
$2699
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1585
$2513
🍽️ Food
$502
$1302
🚐 Transport
$166
$440
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4985
🏙️ Population
1.39M

The average cost of living in San Diego is $2389, which is in the top 2% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 122nd out of 9294 in our global list, 106th out of 2202 in the United States, and 61st out of 319 in the California.

The median after-tax salary is $4985, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months. Ranked 23rd (TOP 1%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 12th best city to live in the United States, and 2nd most liveable city in California. With an estimated population of 1.39M, San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport3 kmSan Diego International Airport
😷 Air qualityExcellent9.4 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank39University of California-San Diego
Cost of living in San Diego infographic

Prices in San Diego

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$13
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$57
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.83
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.94
☕ Cappuccino
$4.6
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.96

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.92
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.9
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.2
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.46
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.63
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.22
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.88
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.86
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.1
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.65
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.23
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.82
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.39
🚬 Cigarette pack
$9.51
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.05
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.38
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.14
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.72

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.49
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$71.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.4
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.96

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1826
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1340
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2914
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2172
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$87.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$132
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$60.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.12%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6217
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4047

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$42.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$86.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$46.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1192
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$21912

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