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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 70.08
Rent Index: 58.26
Groceries Index: 65.85
Restaurants Index: 73.31
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 64.30
Local Purchasing Power: 134.84

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.11 $
8.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $
40.00
64.67
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 6.99 $
6.00
7.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 $
4.00
6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.00 $
5.00
7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.89 $
3.25
4.22
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.70 $
1.00
2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.32 $
1.00
2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.04 $
0.92
1.20
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.62 $
2.00
3.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.45 $
1.00
3.31
Eggs (12) 2.81 $
2.00
3.94
Local Cheese (1kg) 7.20 $
4.00
11.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 6.44 $
4.99
8.82
Apples (1kg) 2.53 $
1.87
4.39
Oranges (1kg) 2.17 $
1.50
2.99
Tomato (1kg) 2.28 $
1.96
2.99
Potato (1kg) 1.51 $
1.00
2.20
Lettuce (1 head) 1.58 $
1.00
2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.76 $
1.50
2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $
8.99
13.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.32 $
1.50
3.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.62 $
2.50
5.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 $
5.31
6.50
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $
1.50
1.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 75.00 $
65.00
100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.42 $
2.85
4.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.39 $
1.67
3.01
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $
25.00
76.80
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.07 $
1.02
1.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,750.00 $
19,000.00
25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 114.91 $
80.00
160.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $
0.10
0.15
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 38.79 $
29.99
50.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.36 $
30.00
50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.25 $
11.00
20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $
10.75
14.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 45.29 $
30.00
60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.42 $
30.00
40.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 87.73 $
70.00
100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 94.62 $
75.00
120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,657.75 $
1,200.00
2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,154.17 $
900.00
1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,833.33 $
2,200.00
3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,105.88 $
1,700.00
2,600.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,082.45 $
4,305.56
6,727.44
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,442.36 $
1,200.00
3,392.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,718.96 $
3,100.00
4,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.20
4.00
4.51

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Last update: December, 2014

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47 Comments so far

#Marcel Zachary on Dec 14, 2014 :
Hello everyone out there on the west coast.I've been trying to get my foot in the entertainment industry for awhile.It's just the place I live is just so
lame and it's not just that it's alot of things i don't agree with about.Mostly the place I'm talking about Lawrence KS it has a good school and college but very few resources to make a career as a musician.I want to know does anybody have any suggestions where to go in California to get noticed.And now ast month Brownback just got reelected and it's going to get worse still I want to get out before that happens.I was wondering does anyone know where does Dr.Dre live or any celeb producer I can send my music to.Also I have a Aunt who lives in Pasadena I can send y'all my email it's LadyK.Zachary@yahoo.com she has a show on Youtube.
#Tony Rocket on Dec 09, 2014 :
Please can someone write about what the public transport system is like in Los Angeles and whether you can live your life car free in LA.
#Pat W on Nov 26, 2014 :
By the way, I had dealings with Integrity Property Management, in Burbank, they own a bunch of apartments all over LA, and they were actually pretty good to deal with.
#Pat W on Nov 26, 2014 :
The traffic is beyond imagining. If you've ever tried to go thru the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel in NYC on a Friday evening, that is what you face all day long from 7am-11pm, Monday thru Sunday. Seriously. Stop and go and this is on freeways and smaller main roads. Every major road is a freeway here, a 5 or 7 lane freeway in each direction and the drivers are crazy and aggressive. *Almost* every nice person is from the East Coast originally, where folks were brought up less materialistically. LA is sprawling. It is more like a county really, with a ton of smaller towns within it, which all are given LA zipcodes and come under the LA umbrella. Google map any 8-mile trip in LA, say Silver Lake to Laurel Canyon, and it will take you at least 45-minutes to an hour after 7am.

The reason LA and SoCal is better than Florida, which also has sun and warmth on the East Coast, is that it is dry, has no humidity, has very few bugs, no mosquitoes, and it is *liberal* and progressive and open, if not encouraging of, new ideas and ways of thinking, whereas Florida is conservative, backward, generally asinine, almost a police state, is regressive in a thousand different ways and lacks culture.

But, you do need 100k a year, as a single person, to get by here. So, do you want to be a big fish in a small pond or do you want to be a small fish (or even bait) in a big pond?
#Dollar Bill Spencer on Oct 22, 2014 :
Los Angeles California

It's the lifestyle

It's Hollywood

It's the Movie / TV / Music business

Sunshine

It's the outdoor lifestyle

Cost of renting an apartment is affordable .. $1500 - $3000 per month for a 2 bed apt in a good area..

What's the downside?

Everyone says car congestion .. driving is a nightmare and takes forever... (unless you're driving after midnight...)
#millefort lando on Oct 20, 2014 :
Hi,i want to come into los angeles(2015) to study movie.please can anyone living in LA directs me about a good school, a good and cheaper house to rent(one bed room) in a safe area? If you answer me you will be my friend.millefort@yahoo.ca Thanks
#May on Oct 12, 2014 :
I have been living in Los Angeles over 25 years, I live near northeast side which is very close to downtown. My neighborhood is older but safe. There are no rundown housing except very close to affordable housing development. Rent of one bedroom apartment or older small house is about $800 to $1100 on average. The only bad drawback that is too many years and lack of parking space in the street during daytime.
#jane on Oct 07, 2014 :
Hi there ,
yes, California it a good place to live for rich and more aggressive people.
the 1 bed room with kitchen and bath room an so on .... ( I means standard living) in LA or OC. its about $ 800/m - $2850/m, It depend on where do you want to live?., But if you choose the $800/m. I suggest you should have the armor when you are in and out of your house and you must have a gun in your closet...
Have a good day....
Think twice before you want to move to CA....... People are making less than $35.000 /year are plan to move out of this place
Have a good day my friend
#Vanessa on Sep 26, 2014 :
Let's be roommates! That'll cut the cost

I'm serious by the way. Respond to this comment if interested.
#Mica on Sep 05, 2014 :
Hi!How much is the average cost of an apartment in California for 1 person with a kitchen and a toilet?
#kristjana on Aug 17, 2014 :
Hello..my friend and I are thinking of moving in LA for our studies...can u give me a hand with the life cost.renting a house for two and the job opportunities...Ive read that the call centers offer good salaries...Help us guys...THank you
#Bob on Aug 06, 2014 :
The cost of living is outrageous depending on your zip code (i.e. 1 bedroom apartment in Beverly Hills=$1,900 for a rundown place; Santa Monica for one bedroom is about $1,800-2,200/month). Jobs are very hard to come by since most foreigners have been flocking to the state as well as people from out of state, there is A LOT of competition for jobs. Los Angeles pays the most in taxes by far from any county as well.
#Odyssey on Aug 01, 2014 :
Los Angeles California is for the entrepreneurial spirited individual - you have a dream, an ambition ..

SOFTWARE - APPS - INTERNET - ENTERTAINMENT -
huge opportunities for software developers, mobile devices app development, Internet business concepts,
hit music songwriting and music publishing, recorded music producers, writers and publishing e-books.

Actors - Singers - Back-Room Talent..
If you have ambitions and drive to be a commercial actor, singer or back-room talent then Los Angeles
is the city for you..

LIFESTYLE...
Los Angeles California offers an amazing lifestyle where it's just different to the rest of the US.

LA is a state of mind...
#Anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 :
To live in LA you need to become a drug dealer or else you won't make it with the cost of living ...Its just to fckn crazy..
#Anonymous on Jul 27, 2014 :
To live in LA you need to become a drug dealer or else you won't make it with the cost of living ...Its just to fckn crazy..
#Liz on Jul 12, 2014 :
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) $3,764.74.???? I live in LA for 13 years already, and it's even hard to find a job for $15/hr, I'm not talking about $20-$30/hr if you are not a lawyer or RN, or Computer Scientist. I have a Bachelor's in Business Administration/Management, studied in California State University, so good luck, folks! Prices for houses are huge, salaries are low in general, I'm not sure if it's worth living here. (You can find a job for $2000-$2500 a month after tax, don't expect to be paid more).... Unless you are a doctor or director of a movie, or something.
#Addy on Jul 04, 2014 :
Can someone guide me is there any opportunities in Tourism Operation as I had 8 years of Thailand based company tourism operation experience and moved here in Houston by March 2014. Now I have got all my paper works ready like Green Card/ License etc. etc. but as everyone know there is no tourism in TX so I am desperately looking for the opportunity in LA. Can someone guide me is this the good decision to move there...
#Tom Cat on May 11, 2014 :
California is still the place of dreams and the great escape...

Los Angeles is the city of money, glamour, fame, success and the people behind the glamour, the writers, producers, directors,
stunt actors, make up, technical operators, engineers, artists, accountants, wardrobe, costume, catering ..

There's a lot of people and industry behind all the glamour and star making ..
#Anonymous on May 05, 2014 :
I wanna travel to California would you give the living cost please. I agreed already to go and work with a salary of $3500 USD excluding costs of housing , Medical Insurance and flight tickets.
#Gaurav on Apr 29, 2014 :
Hi all,

I will be doing my Masters at USC, LA. Please guide me with the living cost. (per month). I will be living with 2-3 room mates. So, hoping the cost would be affordable. Please throw some info.
Thanks :-)
#Popeye on Apr 24, 2014 :
Hi to Shawn who wrote: "I have already want to work in the entertainment industry but what part of la are they in and what area good to live in to be near the entertainment industry?"

Shawn, Los Angeles is crowded with people who wanna be working actors, musicians, writers, producers, managers, directors, EDM deejays and the list goes on..

I really think it's a lot harder than many people think ..

What might be better is to try to further your ambitions by remote control and commute into LA every so often for meetings and work opportunities but remain based in your current hometown if you have established a home already.

If I were going to contemplate a move to anywhere in the US, the place I would choose is Portland OR because the climate is conducive
for writers, artists and musicians.

Also the cost of living is much less in Portland OR compared to LA and it's a lot more scenic.

But if LA it is, then West Hollywood is a popular destination.

You can choose to make do without a car and live near the LA transit system - you can actually get by in LA without a car
if you plan your itinerary in advance and take the time to acquaint yourself in the wherewithal.

here is the wiki web link about the Metro Rail in Los Angeles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Rail_(Los_Angeles_County)
#shawn on Apr 19, 2014 :
hi, I have already want to work in the entertainment industry but what part of la are they in and what area good to live in to be near the entertainment industry?
#Anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 :
Wondering about health care jobs for Licensed Practical Nurses in any of the hospitals or clinics? Have been thinking about moving to a warmer climate but not humid to get about from the harsh winters in Canada. Any info would be appreciated, thanks!!
#Darren on Apr 14, 2014 :
Hi I lived in La about 10 years ago and have been living in England for those past 10years and am desperate to get back to the La area! Miss it so much but fear I won't be able to afford it there now??? I used to be an electrician for the IBEW and it looks like I may be able to get my job back with them" fingers crossed" if that is the case I should take home after taxs about 4grand a month will I be able to afford to rent a 3 bed house in a fairly decent area and still have a bit of doh left over? Many thanks for any responses
#Anonymous on Apr 07, 2014 :
Im considering moving to LA, even if some of your prices are high its still nothing compared to New York City! $13 for a pack of ciggarettes!and there is plenty more im not gonna get into it lol
#Stephen K on Mar 28, 2014 :
I've been living in County of Los Angeles over 25 years now. Time DOES fly! I do regret that I didn't purchase a house in the early 2000s. If you have kids and like the suburban area, then look into "Park La Brea" community. Obviously the cost of rent went up sky high. I'm paying pretty high rent every month. But considering places where you can walk and "convenience" is in your mind, that's the place I like the most. I used to live in Orange County for a while where the rent cost was pretty cheap. Still cheaper compared to city of LA. In terms of occupation, you really have to dig into what's available out there. Honestly I don't think there are plenty of jobs in LA due to the all the layoffs and decreasing business asset. If you are trying to move into LA, do your good study on living cost and expenses.
#Anonymous on Mar 08, 2014 :
I have been living in LA for 15 years now. It was ok at late 90s, early 2000s, but now is outrageous. Forget buying a property, prices now are higher than before the real-estate bubble in 2005-2007. Rents too are higher and won't go down. Cost of maintaining a car, car insurance is high and gas prices are the highest in the country. The high paying jobs are gone ( Oracle moved out, Google moved to Irvine, tons of entertainment studios closed doors, Disney laid off 700 people just week ago with big portion from Burbank division, Dreamworks cut staff in half .. etc, etc ). The best chance to find job fast is in retail ( sales associate ), banking ( tellers ) or financial entry (accountant) which are not even mid class jobs but just to pass by day by day. If you don't make over $100K per year in LA then you are going to be broke all the time. I have seen alot of bums in areas now where were considered high end before. I won't even start on the traffic, it is the worst, worst, worst now. You need 40min/1hour minimum to ago anywhere in LA and parking spots are scarce. The beach is over-rated, quality of the beach water is the worst in CA. There is nothing iconic anymore in Venice or Manhattan beach, it is only commercialized. Raising family in LA is the worst decision one can make. Your kids will not advance in sports and expect to PAY big money for your kids to just play any sport recreationaly, and there are no safe bike zones for kids. There is some variety of parks but as I said driving sux, so the lost time in traffic doesn't make up for the spent time.
American dream in LA is dead and will never come back.
#Dany on Feb 18, 2014 :
I'm planning to move to Claremont, CA; salary after tax is going to be $4,400, somebody could tell if is sufficient to live there, I'm married and we have a daughter of 9 years old. Thank you!
#Manie on Feb 11, 2014 :
Also agree that prices are higher than stated. For the students asking, you need min.800 for expenses (with a cheap room). 1000$ with a car.
These are min. prices.
#Herman on Jan 26, 2014 :
Los Angeles and California is cheap when compared to Australia. You compare the costs of setting up home and travel
in LA compared to Melbourne or Sydney and you'll realise you get a lot more bang for your buck in SoCal.
#Mikaela on Jan 07, 2014 :
I plan to study in a college at L.A. I would like to know more information about living in L.A and the cost of living. Thank you
#Phil on Dec 13, 2013 :
please help me knw, actually um planning to move to L.A just soon I graduate. So I would like to knw if L.A can accommodate me to get a job.
#Anonymous on Dec 08, 2013 :
the cost of living in L A is very high and to buy a place here you need to be a millionaire, rents are out of control also.
#tina lee on Dec 03, 2013 :
I have 6 yr.old twin boys,Im looking to get them started in modeling,acting,commercials.we plan to move to California this year 2014 but im also looking for a good school and safe neiborhood. If you know a safe county that excepts section 8 please let me know! Thanks so much. Im a phlebotomist so i will also need a job!! Thanks so much!
#Haytham on Oct 14, 2013 :
Hi, I am planning to immigrate to U.S next year as my wife is american and we are looking for a good state/city to start from it , I have good experience in managing mobile value added services and products marketing, do you think I can find a job at Silicon Valley or it will be very difficult now, and which are do you recommend for us.

Thanks,
#Jordan on Sep 03, 2013 :
whats the cost for living in a one bed room apartment and maybe even a condo?
#Gökhan on Aug 21, 2013 :
I have just come from LA after a three week visit. It seems to me that, as of August 2013, restaurant and grocery prices are at least 20% higher than it is displayed here.
#Lalle on Aug 16, 2013 :
Hey i am a boy 22 years old,and i am planing to visit California next year (Los Angeles) i need to know all the possible about it,and enter in contact with serious people from there,if you are seriously intentioned,write me to my email micci2013@tiscali.it a year can seems loooong,but it fly so fast!,i want to be prepared at well,beacuse i will see a culture and life style totally different from mine and it needs time,so just write me.
#Sara on Jun 25, 2013 :
Boyfriend is from Oxnard/Ventura area, planning on moving back. Coming from the midwest, the rent scares me, is it usually pretty manageable?
#ricky lee on May 26, 2013 :
Hi everybody, My name is Ricky. I and my lovely wife Gina live In Santa Ana California. It's in north orange county right by Disneyland.if your planning on moving to southern california the best place i can think of is oceanside.it is as the name implies a beach town in north san diego county. it used to be kinda rough because it is next to the marine base. but it has since been cleaned up by way of urban renewal and is now quite nice and safe. best of all rent is considerably cheaper than the surrounding beach towns such as san clemente or carlsbad. if you surf you'll love it there because the waves are usualy bigger and less crowded. start at north jetty and go from there. if your going to be moving to LA proper I would try a little beach town called hollywood riviera. it's nowhere near hollywood(good thing). its a little apartment community tucked in between palos verdes and south redondo beach. very quiet and alot cheaper than any other beach towns near LA. still about 1200usd a month for rent though. I've lived in both these towns and they are safe and quiet.and the weather is awesome. . . . I've had friends from other countries than the USA,. they all tell me the same thing about living in the here. they say you can sleep good at night. they also say that if you work hard and build something like a buisness or a nice home, you don't have to worry about someone stealing it from you that is more politically connected. i understand that other countries have rampant corruption. that's what makes the usa different. or so my friends and co-workers have told me. anyways that's all I got,I hope this info helps. so good luck to all and have a great adventure in your new life. have fun and be safe. . . Ricky Lee.
#Lily on Apr 18, 2013 :
I want to move to hollywood .I need to know a great area that is not very expensive
#Nicole on Mar 18, 2013 :
I plan on moving my 10yr old son & I to LA by July 1st. I'm looking for a safe area to move to, an apartment that won't turn me away because of my credit
#Jesus Lopez on Nov 15, 2012 :
Actually, yes. California is very safe. You need to find the right area, like Fontana or good parts of California. But the crime rate isn't very high. We have a lot of diversity, little racism, little intolerance, etc. Overall, it is a great place to live.
##John on Nov 07, 2012 :
thinking of moving to california in 3 yrs, id like to know where the best place to live would be? im looking for something with resturantes,nightlife, things to do during the day and also somewhere with a great health and fish market.

any ideas would be much appreciatied
#Ravi on Jun 20, 2012 :
Hi,

We have a plan to move Califirnia Santa Clara, what would be the house rent, is the city safe to live. We are only two.

Thanks
#Anonymous on Jun 07, 2012 :
# Ravi I got more information, If some more kindly provide it
may helpful for the layman who arrives here for the first time. Thank you
#Lara on Apr 17, 2011 :
Very good, it helped me very!

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