Cost of Living in San Mateo, CA

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$3397
$5655
🛋️ Without rent
$905
$3045
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$2492
$2610
🍽️ Food
$683
$1778
🚐 Transport
$62.4
$170
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$6249
😀 Quality of life
74
🏙️ Population
106K

The average cost of living in San Mateo is $3397, which is in the top 0.1% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 7th out of 9294 in our global list, 5th out of 2202 in the United States, and 4th out of 319 in California.

The median after-tax salary is $6249, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months. Ranked 894th (TOP 10%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 144th best city to live in the United States, and 29th most liveable city in California. With an estimated population of 106K, San Mateo is the 313th largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport 9 km San Francisco International Airport
😷 Air quality Excellent 7.2 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 2 Stanford University
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Prices in San Mateo

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Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$25.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$101
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.69
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$7.01
 Cappuccino
$4.6
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.45
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$2622
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$2258
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$4883
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1768
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$105
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$162
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$56.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.26%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4555
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8886
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$57.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$18
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.68
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$3.52
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.06
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.02
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$18.6
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.98
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.13
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.78
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.93
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.02
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.29
🚬 Cigarette pack
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.44
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.92
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.68
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.89
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$80.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$109
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$52.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$94.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1419
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$23217

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