Cost of Living in Santa Cruz, CA

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$2773
$5360
🛋️ Without rent
$822
$2946
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1951
$2414
🍽️ Food
$610
$1575
🚐 Transport
$59
$161
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3886
😀 Quality of life
67
🏙️ Population
63K

The average cost of living in Santa Cruz is $2773, which is in the top 0.7% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 62nd out of 9294 in our global list, 51st out of 2202 in the United States, and 35th out of 319 in California.

The median after-tax salary is $3886, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.4 months. Ranked 3398th (TOP 37%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 1082nd best city to live in the United States, and 211th most liveable city in California. With an estimated population of 63K, Santa Cruz is the 654th largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport 44 km Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
😷 Air quality Excellent 7.2 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 176 University of California - Santa Cruz
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Prices in Santa Cruz

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Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$60.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.08
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.51
 Cappuccino
$4.8
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.71
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1927
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1713
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$3395
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1838
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$133
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$202
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$62.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.46%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$10209
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$9337
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$52.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.33
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.03
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.93
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.98
🥚 Eggs, x12
$5.07
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$19.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.1
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$19.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.7
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.68
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.91
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.88
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.1
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.51
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.76
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.89
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.16
🚬 Cigarette pack
$12.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.32
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.99
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.63
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.91
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$53.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$109
💇 Haircut, simple
$19.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$54.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2234
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16418

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