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Cost of Living in Salt Lake City

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 67.84
Rent Index: 32.42
Groceries Index: 68.83
Restaurants Index: 66.27
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 51.02
Local Purchasing Power: 166.83
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 $ 35.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.50 $ 5.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.98 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.46 $ 1.00-1.78
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.32 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.47 $ 2.25-2.67
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.10 $ 1.98-2.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.52 $ 1.25-2.25
Eggs (12) 1.89 $ 1.50-2.48
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.98 $ 3.50-9.07
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.34 $ 2.25-4.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.22 $ 2.50-6.99
Apples (1 lb) 1.53 $ 1.20-1.81
Banana (1 lb) 0.62 $ 0.52-0.80
Oranges (1 lb) 1.67 $ 1.00-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.56 $ 1.00-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.40-1.79
Onion (1 lb) 0.90 $ 0.75-1.44
Lettuce (1 head) 1.10 $ 0.99-1.29
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.73 $ 1.50-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 9.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.83 $ 1.50-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.80 $ 2.00-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 83.75 $ 60.00-99.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.73 $ 2.25-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 $ 30.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.29 $ 1.90-2.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 18,000.00-26,126.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 100.21 $ 75.00-132.22
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.10-0.15
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 44.00 $ 35.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 23.17 $ 11.67-35.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 5.50 $ 0.00-12.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.25 $ 8.00-10.50
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.87 $ 35.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.83 $ 25.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 70.89 $ 60.00-85.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 91.75 $ 65.00-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 955.75 $ 800.00-1,150.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 732.27 $ 600.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,585.71 $ 1,400.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,205.88 $ 1,100.00-1,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 178.62 $ 150.00-206.71
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 121.50 $ 100.00-183.48
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 3,132.36 $ 2,100.00-4,200.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.77 3.50-4.12

Prices in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

These data are based on 1077 entries in the past 18 months from 129 different contributors.
Last update: May, 2016
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12 Comments so far
#Tom Thompson on Mar 17, 2016 :
enjoy your stay in Utah while you whittle away your savings to survive here.
#GMS on Mar 17, 2016 :
Carla,

The working class for the most part in the greater Park City area can not afford vacations similar to the one that you just took here. Typical resort wages do not provide for much extra. We are great that so many living in these congested, expensive cities across the country can still afford vacations to places such as Park City. We hope that you come back soon and we are glad you enjoy it here.
#Carla on Mar 13, 2016 :
I'm from NJ and have visited family in Utah. Who ever complains about Utah being expensive has no idea. NJ is raping everybody with rent and property taxes. It's unbelievable how expensive it is to live out here. A shitty one bedroom with no utilites in included is $1200 and a nice updated one bdrm with pool and gym and all the amenities is up in the $2000 range. A avarage 2-3 ndrm house, you're paying 10 grand in property taxes. Smh. And because of that reason I'm relocating to Utah. I have saved a good chunk of money. Btw yes in NJ the salary is more but it's not that much more.
#twtx59@gmail.com on Feb 07, 2016 :
So, I notice the last post was 2015. The first is in 2013. Do not pay attention to 2013. Rent to income ratios are completely out of sync. I live in the midvalley, not nice, not terrible, and my baseline rent is over $900, and with trash, water, sewer, bill fee, etc, it is $957 a month. It is 2 br 2 ba but less than 900 square feet. NOW,,,in this same complex, the 1 bedrooms are almost $800 base rent. I lived there too and then decided screw it and I will pay a little more. They are only 500+ sq ft. This is probably average to below average. If you choose to live in the hood of West Valley, your rent is going to be the same. If you go to Rose Park (DO NOT!!!) then you might pay less, but you will probably get shot. If you want to live downtown or near the University of Utah, forgetaboutit! Rent is ridiculous. You WILL need to have roommates. There is nothing. The housekeeper at my work who is so poor and her and her husband work still have to pay $700 for a craphole. Salaries are great for the overeducated...so they tell me. Nurses, doctors, etc. However, for the average chick/dude who is a secretary, server, works in retail, etc., you will make shizzle. Don't even come here unless you have at least a bachelors, and preferably a masters, and it is best if it is in the medical or financial industries. Believe it all or not. I've been here a while.
#Jason on Dec 28, 2015 :
I moved to SLC a few years back with 2k, and made it work just fine... but there is some luck in that (found a job fast, didn't need to get any certifications, etc.)

To anyone considering moving to SLC - if you are looking for a killer night life, look elsewhere. With the presence of the church and the old liquor laws, it should be pretty obvious that this is not the place you'll get that. However, if you want incredible views, loads of mountain biking, climbing, hiking, camping, etc all within a few minutes of the city, than this is the place to be. It's hilarious that anyone would recommend coming here or not without asking if you're interested in the main things the area has to offer.
#miya on Jan 06, 2015 :
this website sucks and is no help to me thank you
#Swarley on Dec 29, 2014 :
Andrew,
I moved from Texas to Salt Lake with only $4000. If you are going to wait tables here in SLC, you need to go online and get a food handlers permit and alcohol server's permit. Total cost is about $60 if I remember, but you can't wait tables or anything here without them.

This is the first time in my life to have roommates. The apartments aren't higher, there are just not a lot of nice ones for a decent price. They tend to be run down and cheap or high end/expensive. Jobs here DO NOT pay well. My 2nd job here paid $8/hr less than the same job I had in DFW. So while I save in some areas (utilities are way way cheaper here than Dallas.), the horrific wages offset any savings you get from cheaper anemities.
There is a lousy night life here and with the ridiculous alcohol laws, going out drinking is expensive. That's probably the biggest topic of discussion I have with other transplants. I've lived in Dallas, Los angeles, Chicago, etc but because they have meters on the liquor, you'll never get a heavy pour and if you want more than a 1oz shot in your cocktail, you have to ask (they can't give you more than 1.5) and you will pay extra. The only place I've ever lived where you could spend $50 on yourself and not get a buzz. It sucks.
Don't move here Andrew. SLC is improving, but it's still got a ways to go before it sheds the antiquated liquor laws and other religious impairments.
#Anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 :
$0.00 for a tennis court rental is that in Salt Lake and surrounding areas, I have never once had to rent a tennis court. All outdoor courts are all open public access and you just go and play tennis. An indoor court at a fitness club would almost certainly be included in a membership fee, but if I did not have a membership it would probably cost about $8-10 to rent for an hour.
#Andrew. on Nov 11, 2014 :
I wanted to ask if anyone could provide deeper Information.
I'm a person from Texas working my way as a waiter in 2years worth of money wanting to Live in Utah. So far I have 8,000 dollars. Any locals wanting to shine more light on me.
#Anonymous on Jun 16, 2014 :
Living just about an hour south of Salt Lake City, i.e. Lehi, Orem, Provo etc is even cheaper.
#Gabe on Oct 05, 2013 :
What about taxes?
The distribution pie chart does not include taxes. Seriously?
#Anonymous on Aug 31, 2013 :
500-650 is probably an average price for a one bedroom. However, if you are interested in living near downtown in a fairly peaceful area, look into the residential section of the city, known as The Avenues. There are many studios there for about 400; and several other apartments and houses. Avoid Glendale at all costs. It has the highest crime. Second to that, West Valley City might have cheap housing, but it also has a lot of crime. Rose Park is close to downtown, and the crime rate there is moderately high as well.

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