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Cost of Living in Adelaide, Australia

Prices in Adelaide

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 110.76
Rent Index: 44.54
Groceries Index: 106.99
Restaurants Index: 92.80
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 78.74
Local Purchasing Power: 101.73

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 A$
12.00
20.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 A$
60.00
90.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.00 A$
7.00
9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 A$
5.00
7.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 A$
6.00
9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.72 A$
3.50
4.20
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.91 A$
2.00
3.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.33 A$
2.00
3.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.35 A$
1.00
2.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.91 A$
2.50
3.50
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.39 A$
2.65
4.00
Eggs (12) 4.24 A$
3.68
5.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 9.67 A$
8.00
12.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.47 A$
9.00
12.00
Apples (1kg) 3.78 A$
3.00
4.95
Oranges (1kg) 3.24 A$
2.00
4.00
Tomato (1kg) 5.10 A$
4.00
6.00
Potato (1kg) 2.58 A$
2.00
3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.73 A$
2.00
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.41 A$
2.00
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$
15.00
20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.11 A$
4.20
6.40
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.92 A$
4.00
8.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 18.75 A$
16.00
19.89
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.65 A$
3.80
5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 128.00 A$
114.00
130.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 A$
3.50
4.90
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.69 A$
1.68
1.77
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.50 A$
34.00
38.20
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.47 A$
1.40
1.55
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,495.00 A$
20,000.00
28,814.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 217.81 A$
116.32
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.95 A$
0.89
1.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 61.54 A$
50.00
70.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 63.73 A$
50.00
76.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.00 A$
12.00
22.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 A$
17.00
19.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 95.33 A$
80.00
110.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 83.75 A$
75.00
120.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 139.23 A$
120.00
170.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 145.18 A$
99.00
200.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,289.09 A$
1,200.00
1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 982.25 A$
857.00
1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,307.25 A$
1,800.00
3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,530.69 A$
1,300.00
1,715.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,250.00 A$
4,000.00
4,500.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,166.67 A$
4,000.00
4,500.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,682.89 A$
3,000.00
4,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.11
5.50
6.75

These data are based on 1189 entries in the past 18 months from 127 different contributors.

Last update: August, 2014

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12 Comments so far

#PB on Aug 27, 2014 :
How racists Australians are? Are they better or worse than Britts? Do they suffer from white skin superiority syndrome like most European countries, USA or Canada.
#Anonymous on Aug 27, 2014 :
Minimum wages only gives minimum standard of living in the country one lives and earn money. Developed countries like Australia, Canada, USA or European countries have very high standards of living as compare to third world countries but still people find it very hard to save money and enjoy because of high cost of living, an average earning person is always on the hook. Compare taxes, rent, insurances, cost of groceries and then how much an average person can earn and then make a decision to move to any city. In Toronto, Canada people pay outrageously high car insurance and direct taxes and find themselves in a trap so make an informed decision.
#adelaide resident on Aug 25, 2014 :
To Rajesh, To look at a cost of living list never tells the whole story. When I compare with Kolkata (which is the biggest city in India I have been to) pro-rata to the average income, cost of living in Adelaide isn't so bad. Some things cost more, some less. Just about everyone has a car, just a dream in India.

Compared to other Australian cities, housing within 10Km of the CBD is affordable, in Sydney you could be 30 - 50 Km out.

One thing you need to understand about Australia is there is no real poverty here. Sure we have what we call poverty, but not on an Indian level. There is a minimum wage (several times the US minimum), so there is no cheap labour. That keeps some prices up, but everyone can afford a reasonable, if not extravagant, lifestyle. The gap between rich and poor here is very small compared to most countries.

Adelaide is a very multi-cultural society. I count among my friends people from over 10 nationalities from Asia, Africa & Europe. But wherever you go in the world you will always find someone who will discriminate on race, religion, class or whatever difference they can find. Don't associate with them and don't get caught up in their problem.
#rajesh on Aug 22, 2014 :
Sad to hear DD's comment on racism , I am from India and plan to immigrate there before Christmas this year. I am a healthcare management MBA and hope to get a good job but the cost of living seems to be outrageous.
With two school going kids things could be tough any words of wisdom would be helpful
Thanks
#martin on Aug 11, 2014 :
adelaide is a great place to live, bring up your children with various uni and futher education avaliable, the adelaide hills to the east of the city, beaches to the south, with multiple vinyards in its outer reaches all within 40 min of the city, i agree the cost of living is slightly higher than say victoria. but moving from the country has been a positive progresion for my family .
#DD on Nov 15, 2013 :
Having moved here from Sydney recently, I have tried hard to approach this state with an open mind. I am female - a working professional in the tech industry with an MBA to boot. However, outside of work i like to dress casually and relax. Having tanned skinned and dark features due to my Portuguese ancestry (even though I grew up in Singapore), has presented me with quite a bit of racism which is surprising!!
Being in my mid thirties, I don't feel it too much from the youngsters (who genuinely warm up once they realise I speak English just like them) but definitely from the older generation.
I guess the Adelaide community is still steeped in tradition when it comes to a lot of things but it's sometimes hurtful because I am an Australian citizen and have been here for over 10 years. I feel more judged by my skin colour and how i look here than when i lived in Sydney and Melbourne.
It pains me and makes me think I can't have my kids grow up here if this mentality does not change.
#:) on Sep 02, 2013 :
Adelaide is the best place in Australia. Best place for children at schools. Absolutely less bullies and everyones acceptance. Teachers help more and are more friendlier.
#Trudy on May 25, 2013 :
I live in Central Florida, across the river, through the woods, next to grandmas, in the country. Just learned my daughter moved in April, 2013 to a management job in Adelaide. I was curious about the cost of living there vs. here in Florida. WOW! Seems pricey to me... a few things are less, love the idea of visiting but living there seems out of the question for a Senior.
Needless to say I wish her well, much success in her new position; plus, happiness with the new culture and lifestyle. What a wonderful world we live in, may she thrive. Adelaide sounds gorgeous! Good luck dear daughter.
#Jason on May 24, 2013 :
The cost of living has increased dramatically over the last few years with no justifiable reason. Adelaide people seem to pay more for local goods than we do for imported goods from other states or countries. Rent continually increases, making it very difficult to study without working, possibly leading to more university failures, and don't get me started on the price of tomatoes!
#Andrea on Apr 08, 2013 :
Very high cost of living compared to average wages and there seem to be taxes and levies attached to everything! Can be hard to find employment. Suffers from frequent droughts and heatwaves so air conditioning is a must! On the plus side not as over-populated as some of the other states so a better quality of life if you do get a job. Beaches are still clean and air quality good out of the city.
#David on Mar 16, 2013 :
People have a great time "bagging" Adelaide, it's most peoples favourite pastime to tell you how bad it is, but I wouldn't live anywhere else.I'm mid 40s and find there's loads of "culture" if you want to find it.Sure there's lots on in March with the festival, but a lot of bad stuff too.And the Clipsal- it's a car race for gods sake.
#Sick of Adelaide on Mar 12, 2013 :
It depends where you work but there is no way that I get a Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) of $AUD 4,300.00. Adelaide is a nice and quiet place to settle down when your in your 50's onward otherwise if you are young and active best to live in city or country that has a faster pace of life and has REAL culture.
March is the only good time to visit Adelaide if you are young with the Fringe Arts Festival, Clipsal and Womad World Music Festival and other music festivals.

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