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Cost of Living in San Francisco

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 94.16
Rent Index: 125.90
Groceries Index: 101.17
Restaurants Index: 91.05
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 108.99
Local Purchasing Power: 105.68
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 $ 55.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 6.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-6.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.97 $ 3.50-4.95
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.95 $ 1.50-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.81 $ 1.25-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.59 $ 3.00-6.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.65 $ 3.00-4.25
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.35 $ 1.00-3.59
Eggs (12) 4.18 $ 3.00-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.74 $ 6.00-12.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.97 $ 3.99-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.18 $ 5.75-8.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.53 $ 1.99-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.15 $ 0.79-1.99
Oranges (1 lb) 2.58 $ 2.00-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.61 $ 1.99-3.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.48 $ 0.80-3.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.47 $ 1.00-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.20 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.44 $ 2.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.98 $ 1.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.75 $ 2.00-3.75
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.35 $ 7.00-9.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.25 $ 2.25-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 $ 70.00-83.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.20-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.75 $ 2.00-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 $ 25.00-34.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.17 $ 2.80-3.60
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,265.00 $ 21,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,625.00 $ 20,000.00-27,500.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 113.68 $ 70.00-165.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 $ 0.10-0.24
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.62 $ 40.00-75.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.12 $ 45.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.82 $ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.75 $ 12.00-15.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 56.21 $ 40.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.61 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 89.40 $ 75.00-110.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 136.51 $ 90.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,360.34 $ 3,000.00-3,763.33
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,660.24 $ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,416.68 $ 5,500.00-8,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,672.22 $ 3,800.00-5,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,111.60 $ 999.99-1,399.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 821.44 $ 699.99-999.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 4,258.66 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.91 3.50-4.25

Prices in San Francisco, California, United States

These data are based on 3517 entries in the past 12 months from 399 different contributors.
Last update: July, 2016
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Cost of living in San Francisco is 5.84% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 1,082.94$ and for four person family at 4,003.26$ (without rent).
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31 Comments so far

#BamBoo on May 30, 2016 :
You know what SF should have ... capsule hotels like what's in Japan.. They're cheap, clean, private and handy..

Lot's of tech workers as well as everyone else workers could find this a great way to head-down at night without going broke...
#SH on May 13, 2016 :
It's Expensive.
I rent a bunk bed (the top half at that :-() in a warehouse for $1399. !!
Then food, etc also costs more.
I pay $300 for parking in a garage where I can take my ar out 6 times/month (I never take it out.) I walk generally. Or take the bus ($225 each way), or Uber ride share: $4.75-$16 depending on how far an what time of day).
Generally parking garages with in/out privileges are $450 or more. Daily parking is $25-$35 / day.
Best of Luck.
It's a great place to live, but difficult if you're on a budges, or have little free time to take care of things.
The best deal is in the Sunset district. There is street parking, rents are lower, and you'll have more Space for the price you pay. But the bus could take 40min or more to get you downtown. If you work 12hr/day, you're not gonna want another 1.5hr commute time. It's also easier to get to a grocery store, or do other shopping from the sunset district. Parking is a nightmare downtown; both traffic and parking is more normalized in the Sunset, but still no guarantees.
#sure shot on Apr 25, 2016 :
if you're on a low budget and not independently wealth then you can approach commendation with a more imaginative way ..

rent is the big ugly expense .. right !

ok, then forget about rent and become a secret car sleeping urban nomad .. don't use big vehicles or suv's because they stand out like a sore thumb and keep your belongings out of view from people looking in through the windows.. if the car looks like a mobile home on wheels then your cover is blown.. so the car has to look just like an everyday urban vehicle.. keep your stuff in the trunk or camouflaged perhaps under a black sheet or something that looks like one thing but really is another thing.. if you understand my meaning..

look, it's not going to be five star living .. and i don't recommend it to people who can't cope with such things.. but if you're independent, free and adventurous then hey it may be worth a shot..
#charlie on Mar 26, 2016 :
@Negin

No. 3.4k is the average for a normal 1 bedroom apartment.
#H on Dec 14, 2015 :
Hi,
How much would a 2 bedrooms apartment cost that's located say 30-45min to the center of SF?
#Negin on Dec 05, 2015 :
Hey
I wana move to SF in next year for living , i just wana know the price of rental apartment monthly , this is really high !!!!!! I'm single and i wana find cheap small home
Over to 500_850$ !
Is it possible!?
#Channing on Aug 07, 2015 :
The wonderful thing about San Francisco is depending on when your building was built rent control. The bad thing is there is lots of new construction and the rates are ridiculous. The new techie boom has driven up prices higher than ever and now we have a lot of high rises ugh.....
If you are looking at reasonable neighborhoods West Portal, Inner Parkside, Ingleside, Sunset, parts of the Richmond, dogpatch, and the mission. Areas where you don't want to live Tenderloin (nothing is tender about the loin), bayview, hunters point, China town, Excelsior, or the tenderknob. Super expensive areas Sea Cliff, Saint Francis Wood, Noe Valley, and Pacific heights.
#Anonymous on Apr 29, 2015 :
Wealth-gap between top-management(TM) and working-level is too big, this INEQUALITY creates lots of problems in American society suffering generations to come. TM members do not solve problems or create more jobs to strengthen international competitiveness of American industries, they are useless and they are greedy. Theb is power struggle to get huge bonus and severance pay. They are the greedy ones collaps American industries. Ameriaca will collaps if no lesson learned from AIG, GM, Wall Street... American will collaps again and this time will be bigger. Vote for a President who is not greedy.
#Joe on Apr 25, 2015 :
Hey.. I just wanted to know if it's sufficient to start out with a salary of around 75k (base) per year in SF.. Would be based around the Sunnyvale area... Any thoughts?
#SFdude253 on Mar 27, 2015 :
@#jeed I went to SFSU and lived on campus, the towers. It was an experience I won't forget but you can find somewhere cheaper to live, like the villas. I'm in $13,000 in debt for living on campus and I shared a room. To me it wasn't worth the price tag.
#jed on Mar 25, 2015 :
Hi. Im a 20 y.a. thinking of moving to SF for SFSU in the fall. I plan on living the dorms for at least a year on campus, does anyone have tips I'm case I do end up moving there? I've never lived in an urban area in the US, but have in the Philippines so I can kind of guess what it's like, but more help is appreciated.
#bree on Feb 18, 2015 :
im 16 and looking to attend SFSU with free tuition (waved by my dad's disabled vet situation) i can only make about 2k to stay under the waved tuition so basically im screwed unless i can find a small place for about $800 , is that even possible ? i dont care for big things all i need is prety much one room a bathroom and kitchen ...
#gabor on Jan 04, 2015 :
Hi,
I'm planning to visit SF for around 2-3 weeks. Apart from accomodation how much would it cost to live there for this period of time (say 2.5 weeks)? I'm used to living cheap, but still transportaion/food/little partying/entry to museums/etc, how much would you say? 800$?
Thanks!
#Dennis on Nov 10, 2014 :
How is the crime rate in San Francisco? I'm thinking of moving here next year in June as soon as i get out of the military. Thanks!!!
#Andrew on Jul 30, 2014 :
I live in the bay area and these prices are pretty accurate as of 7/29/14. But you got to remember these are averages. Cheap meals can be found, Beer is $5-6 at a bar and still can be had for $1 at the market.

The big thing here is rent. In sf, depending on the area, 1bd rent usually goes from $1500 in the farthest/worst areas to $5k+. To purchase you are looking at $500 - $1200 per sqft + crazy hoa pricing if it's a condo. After salary is about right. But there are a ton of new wealth here.
#Rainbow on Jul 15, 2014 :
Why is the average salary so high, 4455$ ?? is that true?
If so then people don't have to work hard for money,
but in some websites who often hold quizzes/ contests, the prize is as low as 200$ and many people participate happily and work hard to produce high-quality works, how can it be like that??
#Yanni on Jun 18, 2014 :
Great data, but unfortunately it omits an important factor: the cost of healthcare. It's not a major issue outside the USA, but in the US the prices can easily 10x more than comparable level of care elsewhere. It is the cause of many American bankruptcies (even among those who have some form of insurance) and is the reason some Americans who seek early retirement often consider other countries.
#Juan on Mar 17, 2014 :
Dollar Tacos in the Mission!!!
#jacob on Mar 15, 2014 :
Holly Shit; That's expensive. I can barely survive in government housing, though that is due to attending college as a full time student.
#Catherder on Nov 20, 2013 :
If you want to check out apartment rentals in SF, check Craigslist. Make a list and drop the lowest 5% and highest 5% because those could be fake. Apartments are going for 2500 and up in 2013, due to the influx of web people. You may be better served living in communities served by the train (BART) outside of San Francisco.
#Kevin (Australia) on Nov 07, 2013 :
All in all, comparing prices with those we have here in Australia, SF seems to be quite less expensive.
#Rubi on Nov 04, 2013 :
I plan to move from Nashville TN to San Francisco Ca in the upcoming year I would like someone to suggest decent areas to live,I don't have kids am 23 and am looking to rent house or apartment Thanks :)
#Lana Ernest on Oct 30, 2013 :
I lived at 7630 Geary Blvd. in 1970, and 1417 Clement Street in 1971. At that period in time I was able to afford the rents, while working as a GS-3, for the I.R.S. My biggest mistake was leaving San Francisco, to come home, to Philly. I wish I could go back, for a least a week, to visit, but right now, it doesn't seem possible. I really left my heart there.
#derek on Oct 15, 2013 :
$1600 average rent outside the city center? No way. There might be a couple for that amount in poorer neighborhoods at the very fringes, but the average 1-br in most neighborhoods is going for $2600 last I checked.
#Jose on Aug 23, 2013 :
Does this prices take in consideration the recently phenomenon occurring in San Francisco that some people call "The Techie Invasion"?

I found a blog post about with more information about this topic: http://blog.sprinklebit.com/left-my-wallet-in-san-francisco/
#Aaron on Jul 31, 2013 :
According to this: http://priceonomics.com/the-san-francisco-rent-explosion/

The current median price to rent a 1BR in San Francisco is $3,295. This is in line with what I heard from a friend who was apartment hunting the past two months. I live in a 120 unit mid-rise building and pay $2000/month rent. The building is under rent control and I moved-in in 2010. I recently saw an advertisement for a 1BR in my building and the asking price was $3000/month. So, up 50% since 2010.
#Anonymous on Jul 09, 2013 :
While I don't trust Local Purchaing Power number as a fact as it depends on the limited # of salary people put here, I trust $$ on other items. I have lived and visited quite a few places in the world and the numbers in this website are pretty close to being accurate. Now I make a little over $100K (yahoo for me but people around me all make over $100K and I don't think it's that high number anymore compared to 10 yrs ago). The most interesting and trustworthy # I have found on this website is when you compare the living cost between cities, it gives you the actual $$ difference in the amount of $4,500. That is, you will need $6,500 in city A to have same standard of living for $4,500 in city B, for example. I like this # better and it's pretty close to the reality as it does not count limited salary input by a few users here, hence it's better number than Local Purchasing Power #. Based on it, the $100K of my salary is actually equivalent as $135K in San Fransisco to have same quality of life. It's each individual's choice but I'd rather have extra $35K cash in my pocket than living in a better and larger popular city with no extra $35K. That is, assuming I'd be making same $100K if I were to move to SF, but then again I'd never move to SF unless I get $135K plus offer. That extra $35K, I save up for 2 yrs will get me Mercedez E350 with full tech pacakge or higher. So is it driving Civic in cool city VS driving Mercedez Benz in less cool city? The city is as cool as it gets only when you are cool
#Mukul on Jul 08, 2013 :
Can you please tell me what will be the average rent of a medium class studio apartment? I will be moving to San Francisco this Fall for a year's MBA and am willing to compromise a bit on comfort in order to have a peaceful student life. Much grateful for a response..
#vibes on May 20, 2013 :
What about school education for 2 kids?
#Aden on Apr 30, 2013 :
Martha, it depends on how you and your husband live I don't know about your lifestyle or fixed relatively fixed expenses (car note, student loans, servicing debt, medical insurance...). The rent on this thing is a little too low. You will not live in a good area any area you would like living here will be $1800* for a one bedroom if you know how to stretch a dollar like it's elastic you can just scrape by on about $3500/mo that will not get you all the little extras. (holidays away, save a short road trip a few times a year staying at a midrange hotel and parking is often a problem if you don't want to pay for it (300/mo) between 3500-7000/mo you can live well but fairly modestly. It's a great place to live, if your willing to live outside of downtown you will get more bang for the buck there are really nice ocean view apartments by the golden gate (old converted military housing) that's a good value). I hope this helps.
#martha on Apr 28, 2013 :
my husband and I would like to know more about how expensive it really is to live in San Francisco.